A Seven-Part Process from the World’s Spiritual Traditions
InterSpiritual Meditation is a seven-step universal process drawn from the world’s spiritual traditions. It helps individuals to harness their own natural spiritual styles to create a personal contemplative practice that gives rise to inner peace, wisdom, and compassion by drawing on the contemplative wisdom of one or more spiritual traditions. It enables people of diverse spiritual and non-spiritual backgrounds to create engaged contemplative communities based on empathy, understanding, shared intentions and compassionate service for the common good.
InterSpiritual Meditation is nonsectarian tool to serve both those who are rooted in a tradition and the Spiritual But Not Religious (SBNR). This tool can provide chaplains, ministers and spiritual directors with religion-free methods and resources to help the Spiritually Independent to create their own spiritual path and contemplative practice based on a variety of wisdom traditions.
The Seven Steps of InterSpiritual Meditation are:
1. May We be Healthy and Happy
2. May We be Grateful
3. May We be Transformed
4. May We be Loving and Compassionate
5. May We become Mindful through our Breathing
6. May We become Wise through our Meditation
7 May We be in Service to All Beings
Countless numbers of people, just like you and me, have attempted to develop and sustain a meditation practice. Our individual practices reflect the gamut of the worlds spiritual heritage. Often, our personal meditation practice comes from a religion different from the one of our birth and we must proceed alone without the support of our family and friends. Yet to maintain our practice, we need mutually supportive contemplative communities to help nourish, support, and strengthen us – – communities that also reflect the vibrant spiritual diversity of our times. InterSpiritual Meditation provides a shared process or “liturgy” for people of many traditions to join in contemplative practice with each other.
Amidst the worlds variety of religious and scientific beliefs, meditators often share a common intention: to be engaged in the world based on an inner foundation of equanimity, wisdom, and compassion. From the ‘inside-out,’ we are trying to become the peaceful and positive change that we would like to see manifest in the world around us. This is the calling of our times.
The Purposes of InterSpiritual Meditation
- Help each individual to develop and sustain a comprehensive, satisfying, and sustainable process of meditation.
- Help people of diverse practices to create contemplative communities for the common good.
- Provide a contemplative foundation for solving the critical challenges of our times.
- Two books: InterSpiritual Meditation and Meditations for InterSpiritual Practice.
- A workbook/ journal.
- Video instructions and summaries by Ed.
- Online course and discussions to expand our understanding and deepen our practices.
- Individual journaling to discern, refine, and sustain our respective practices.
- Sharing reflections with each other on our meditations.
- Deep dialog between the teacher and participants.
- Dyad partnering between participants.
- Educational and practice resources for creating your individual meditation practice.
- Daily meditation practice.
Training courses on InterSpiritual Meditation are taught by Dr. Ed Bastian, who holds a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies and is the founder and president of Spiritual Paths Foundation. He developed InterSpiritual Meditation process after forty years of research, study, and teaching, especially during the past decade, with over fifty esteemed teachers from Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Taoism, and Native American traditions. He is the award winning co-author of Living Fully Dying Well, author of InterSpiritual Meditation, author of Creating Your Spiritual Paths, publisher of Meditations for InterSpiritual Wisdom, and producer documentaries on religion for the BBC and PBS. He is the former co-director of the Forum on BioDiversity for the Smithsonian and National Academy of Sciences, teacher of Buddhism and world religions at the Smithsonian, an internet entrepreneur, and translator of Buddhism scriptures from Tibetan into English. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Antioch University in Santa Barbara where he is teaching courses on Buddhism, meditation and religion.