Conversations in the Spirit: Lex Hixon's Wbai 'in the Spirit' Interviews: a Chronicle of the Seventie

Author:   Lex Hixon ,  Sheila Hixon ,  Bernard Glassman ,  Paul Gorman
Publisher:   Monkfish Book Publishing Company
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9781939681539


Pages:   440
Publication Date:   17 November 2016
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Armed with a generous heart, subtle mind, and a PhD in comparative religion from Columbia, Lex Hixon, as host for WBAIs In the Spirit, was able to interview and skillfully probe the leading spiritual lights of the seventies and beyond. Twenty-five of those interviews, finely edited, appear here for the first time in print. Includes short bios and photos. Interviewees include Ram Dass, Alan Watts, Daniel Berrigan, Swami Muktananda, Kalu Rinpoche, and Stephen Gaskin. Lex Hixon was an accomplished spiritual practitioner, scholar, and author who explored the great religious traditions extensively. He published nine books and spent seventeen years hosting the radio program In the Spirit.

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Author:   Lex Hixon ,  Sheila Hixon ,  Bernard Glassman ,  Paul Gorman
Publisher:   Monkfish Book Publishing Company
Imprint:   Monkfish Book Publishing Company
Dimensions:   Width: 15.00cm , Height: 3.00cm , Length: 22.60cm
Weight:   0.590kg
ISBN:  

9781939681539


ISBN 10:   1939681537
Pages:   440
Publication Date:   17 November 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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Foreword: Bernie Glassman Preface: Paul Gorman Introduction: Sheila K. Hixon Part One: Western Sacred Traditions in Transformation 1. Mother Serena 2. Mother Theresa of Calcutta 3. Brother David Steindl-Rast 4. Pir Vilayat Khan 5. Sheikh Muzaffer Ozak Efendi 6. Bawa Mahaiyadeen 7. Shlomo Carlebach 8. Zalman Schachter 9. Perle Epstein 10. Rabbia Heller 11. Reb Gedaliah Part Two: The Traditional Tantric Way of the East Comes West 12. Swami Muktananda 13. Swami Satchidananda 14. Ma Yogashakti 15. Tarthang Tulku 16. Dudjom Rinpoche 17. Kalu Rinpoche 18. Sakya Trizin Part Three: Contemporary Spirituality/Moving Outside Tradition The New Age Phenomenon 19. Mary Bailey 20. David Spangler 21. Peter and Eileen Cady Psychology and Meditation 22. Dr. Patricia Carrington 23. Baba Ram Dass 24. John Roger Social Conscience 25. David Dellinger 26. Daniel Berrigan Part Four: The Bridge Between Traditions and Cultures 27. Adi K. Irani on the New Life of Meher Baba 28 Lex Hixon on Ramakrishna Zen in the West 29. Alan Watts 30. Stephen and Ina May Gaskin 31. Bernie Glassman BIOGRAPHIES

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Thirty abridged transcripts chosen from more than 300 episodes of the New Yorkbased WBAI radio show In the Spirit, which ran from 1971 until 1980, thoughtfully and cleanly edited by Sheila Hixon, widow of host Lex Hixon. LexEast-West spiritual integrator, consummate conversationalistpaints a portrait of the rich, multicultural spiritual awakening of the New York City of that generation in these diverse interviews. Hixon s distinctive voice and careful preparation come through clearly in intimate interviews that engage the ideas and the personalities of his guests at a high level, free of antagonism and always open to the best of what each has to offerwhether Hixon is interviewing international luminaries visiting New York such as Dudjon Rinpoche and Mother Teresa, Brooklynites gone Zen like Bernie Glassman, Jewish mystics like Reb Zalman Schachter, academics like Huston Smith, creatives like Allen Ginsberg, or quirky local spiritual leaders like Mother Serena, many of whom have since passed away. Even if the reader chooses not to engage with the powerful ideas expressed here, there s enough cultural history in the book to make reading it worthwhile. Add in the smorgasbord of ideas from around the world offered in clear and accessible language, and this becomes a treasure trove of high-end pointers toward the ineffable in theory and practice. B&w photos. (Oct.) <b> Publishers Weekly, Starred Review </b> Spirituality has come a long way since the 1970s, when lots of parents worried that Zen Buddhism was a cult. Lex Hixon, who for seventeen years hosted WBAI 99.5 FM s Sunday morning radio show, In the Spirit, in New York City, contributed much to the nation s understanding of the changes taking place in its spiritual culture. His interviews with spiritual teachers who were bringing what were then strange new ideas and religions from the East to America provided much-needed explanations, addressed the all-too-common misunderstandings, and gave listeners the opportunity to get answers to their questions and put some of their fears to rest. Deeply spiritual, educated in many spiritual traditions, and immersed in all that was new and alive in 70s culture, Hixon had hoped to open, with Bernie Glassman, an interfaith center, the House of One People, and serve as its spiritual director; his death from cancer forestalled these plans. <i>Conversations in the Spirit</i> features interviews with spiritual giants, including Alan Watts, Reb Zalman Schacter-Shalomi, Mother Teresa, Ram Dass, Swami Muktananda, Sheikh Muzaffer Effendi, Bernie Glassman, Huston Smith, J. Krishnamurti, Father Daniel Berrigan, Allen Ginsberg, and many others. It offers a profound and intimate experience of the evolution of religious thought and spiritual growth in America, and a look at how media programming has the potential to serve as an instrument of grace in troubled times. <b> Foreword Magazine</b>


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Lex Hixon: Lex Hixon was an accomplished spiritual practitioner and author who explored extensively the great religious traditions. He authored nine books and spent 13 years hosting the radio program, In the Spirit , on WBAI where he interviewed many prominent spiritual teachers. He died in 1995. Sheila Hixon: Sheila Hixon is the wife of Lex Hixon. She accompanied Lex on many spiritual explorations. After his death she maintained the archives containing recordings of Lex's WBAI interviews. Following the outline Lex wrote before his untimely death, she has resurrected the book Lex intended to publish. Bernard Glassman: Zen Master Bernie Glassman is a world-renowned pioneer in the American Zen Movement. He is a spiritual leader, published author, accomplished academic and successful businessman with a PhD in Applied Mathematics.His books include The Dude and the Zen Master with Jeff Bridges. Paul Gorman: Paul Gorman was a producer at WBAI for many years, including the seventies. It was Paul who conceived the idea of In the Spirit and solicited Lex to host it. Paul later went on to co-author a book with Ram Dass titled How Can I Help? about the role of service in the spiritual journey.

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