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Spiritual Paths weekend on tap

Six of America’s great spiritual teachers will gather in Aspen for the second annual Spiritual Paths multifaith program Friday through Sunday.

Spiritual Paths is a nonsectarian program to help foster understanding of the world’s spiritual traditions and to help each individual explore, discover and pursue their own spiritual path. It is co-sponsored by the Aspen Chapel and the Spiritual Paths Foundation.

The program is titled “The Way of Devotion and Faith,” and teachers will share the knowledge and practices of their traditions around this theme. The program will include presentations, experiential sessions, group discussions, a panel discussion and a public, multifaith service. The sessions will be moderated by Dr. Ed Bastian, president of the Spiritual Paths Foundation.



The teachers are: Sharon Salzberg, a Buddhist writer who is called “America’s favorite meditation teacher”; Sister Jose Hobday, a Native American elder, Catholic nun, writer, speaker and social activist; Sister Brahmaprana, a Vedanta Hindu nun who has written and edited renowned books and taught throughout the world; Rabbi Rami Shapiro, an author, poet and teacher of the Jewish mystery traditions; Camille Helminski, a Sufi-Islamic writer and teacher; and Kabir Helminski, a writer on Sufi-Islam, especially the teachings of the famed Rumi, and the American Sheik of the Rumi’s spiritual order.

The program will begin Friday at 7 p.m. at Paepcke Auditorium with a talk and experiential session on Native American and Christian traditions by Sister Jose Hobday.




On Saturday at the Aspen Chapel, Sharon Salzberg will speak and lead a Buddhist meditation session at 8:30 a.m.; Sister Brahmaprana will speak and lead a Hindu meditation and chant at 10:30 a.m.; Rabbi Rami Shapiro will speak and lead a Jewish meditation session at 1:30 p.m.; and the teachers will participate in a panel discussion at 3:30 p.m.

On Saturday evening at Bayer Mounds at The Aspen Institute, Kabir and Camille Helminski will speak and lead a Sufi-Islamic experiential session called a “zikir” at 7:30 p.m.

On Sunday, there will be small-group discussions for participants in the entire program at 9 a.m. at the Mountain Club on top of Aspen Mountain. A multifaith service for the whole community will start at 10:30 a.m. at the wedding deck. And at noon there will be a donors luncheon.

Participants may register for the entire weekend ($200) or for the following individual sessions: Friday night ($25), Saturday ($125) or Saturday night ($25). To register and for more information, call 923-0370 or visit http://www.spiritualpaths.net.


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