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Global Spirit Previous Broadcasts

The Search for God (Episode #205)

KQED World: Thu, Aug 31, 2017 -- 2:00 AM

The search for God is perhaps the oldest of all spiritual quests. While the Abrahamic faiths place the concept of "God" as an entity separate from and above man, indigenous peoples tend to understand God or "Creator" as an integral, indivisible aspect of life, or nature. Some non-theistic faiths, such as Buddhism, focus not on a deity, but on a transcendent quality or attribute that the Buddha attained, such as compassion or enlightenment. This program brings together two teachers from different faiths that have devoted their lives and teachings to the concept of "God" or "ultimate reality". Dr. Jacob Needleman is an author and professor of Philosophy, who meets for the first time, Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, a scholar and teacher of Islam and Sufism in the lineage of his father, Pir Vilayat Khan and his grandfather, Hazrat Inayat Khan.

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  • KQED World: Thu, Aug 31, 2017 -- 8:00 AM

Inside Sacred Texts (Episode #204)

KQED World: Thu, Aug 24, 2017 -- 2:00 AM

This program explores the origins, translations and interpretations of sacred or revered texts and sheds light on the mystical experience these texts often originate from. The episode brings knowledgeable, engaging scholars, translators and practitioners from three faiths together to explore how these seminal texts, which form the foundation of most world religions and have influenced entire civilizations, are in some cases, now being reappraised. "Inside Sacred Texts" features renowned translator of the Gnostic Gospels, Willis Barnstone, Anglican priest and mystic Rev. Cynthia Borgeault, Tibetan translator Ken McLeod and religious scholar Dr. Nikky Singh.

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  • KQED World: Thu, Aug 24, 2017 -- 8:00 AM

Earth Wisdom for a World In Crisis (Episode #212)

KQED Plus: Fri, Aug 18, 2017 -- 3:00 PM

With the dramatic increase in global warming and a thinning ozone layer, the United Nations has realized that native peoples may possess some critical keys to the very survival of our species and fragile ecosystems of the planet. Host Phil Cousineau and the Global Spirit crew attend the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York City. The program documents the proceedings and interviews a range of renowned indigenous leaders and tribal representatives such as Chief Oren Lyons, Marcos Terena, Jake Swamp, Viktor Kaisiepo and Gloria Ushigua, who are joined by more than 2,000 others at a unique gathering of indigenous peoples from around the world. The program also tells a parallel story of the non-violent resistance at Standing Rock Reservation, at what was determined to be the largest gathering of native tribes in more than 100 years, with exclusive original footage of the protests in early December 2016, , along with interviews and on-location speeches from Lakota Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Standing Rock Sioux tribal chairman Dave Archambault, tribal councilwoman Phyllis Young, along with other native and non-native veterans and other water protectors.

The Power of Community (Episode #203)

KQED World: Thu, Aug 17, 2017 -- 2:00 AM

This Global Spirit episode explores the powerful role that intentional communities have played for many hundreds of years in supporting the well-being, growth and transformations of many individuals. The program visits two contemporary communities to witness their most important practices, and to access their potential to transform consciousness and catalyze positive societal change. The program features Zen Buddhist Abbot Roshi Joan Halifax of the Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, N.M., and Christian youth activist Adam Bucko, who heads the Reciprocity Foundation, which has become a sanctuary for homeless youth in New York City. Both guests bring considerable compassion and many useful insights as they apply their traditions, their experiences and their hearts to work with young LGBT and other communities of need in the U.S.

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  • KQED World: Thu, Aug 17, 2017 -- 8:00 AM

Sound of the Soul (Episode #211)

KQED Plus: Fri, Aug 11, 2017 -- 3:00 PM

This episode is a compelling portrait of an Arab country where Muslims, Christians, and Jews have lived together in relative peace for centuries. This powerful music-driven documentary demonstrates how music is a unifying, transcendent force, and a powerful starting point for reducing conflict and crossing religious divides. Beautifully photographed during the Fez Festival of World Sacred Music, "Sound of the Soul," presents unforgettable performances from groups from Morocco, Ireland, Afghanistan, Mauritania, the USA, Portugal and France. An inspiring antidote to religious fundamentalism and violence, the film ultimately reveals the essential oneness among all faiths, so aptly expressed in the Afghan singer Farida Mahwash's closing affirmation: "Music has no religion, no borders, no boundaries. Music is the sound of the soul."

The Pilgrimage Experience (Episode #202)

KQED World: Thu, Aug 10, 2017 -- 2:00 AM

For thousands of years people of every tradition have embarked on long, difficult and often costly journeys to sacred places in search of various benefits, from health or material well-being to a spiritual renewal. But why do millions of pilgrims endure such hardships? What are they ultimately in search of? This episode utilizes compelling film footage from pilgrimages to India and Peru, and brings together Peruvian anthropologist Zoila Mendoza and renowned travel writer Pico Iyer. These guests, together with host Phil Cousineau, shed light on various dimensions of this timeless ritual, which is an important part of most, if not all religions and spiritual traditions.

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  • KQED World: Thu, Aug 10, 2017 -- 8:00 AM

The Call of Wisdom (Episode #210)

KQED Plus: Fri, Aug 4, 2017 -- 3:00 PM

The ancient Greeks believed there was another dimension beyond logic and reasoning and they called it Sophia, or wisdom, which they believed to be the ultimate good. In Eastern traditions, wisdom is often synonymous with the Truth, as in "the true nature of existence, " available only to those who can see beyond the ephemeral, the ever-changing. This program examines the true nature of wisdom, how it is recognized, and why our survival today as a species and a planet may depend on it. The program features Jean Shinoda Bolen, an author, Jungian analyst and activist, and Roger Walsh, a professor of psychiatry, philosophy and anthropology. These two engaging guests come together for the first time to discuss this rich topic and address a range of important questions such as: Are we now as a species, headed for wisdom or catastrophe?

Love, Fear & Beyond (Episode #201)

KQED World: Thu, Aug 3, 2017 -- 2:00 AM

While most people consider the opposite of "love" to be something related to the English word, "hate", this program explores the oppositional relationship between love and fear, featuring guitarist and spiritual practitioner Carlos Santana, drummer-composer Cindy Blackman Santana and authors and therapists Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D. and Diane Cirincione-Jampolsky, Ph.D. Mixing exciting concert footage with deep conversation, this unique program highlights the more selfless dimensions of love and the pain and suffering of fear and isolation, to ultimately provide powerful glimpses of what is here called "the beyond," a transcendent relationship with oneself, and with all of life.

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  • KQED World: Thu, Aug 3, 2017 -- 8:00 AM
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