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InterSpiritual Dialogue 'n Action

The international "Wayne Teasdale network"; your host at the Multplex and the founders, with Order of Universal Interfaith, of the Universal Order of Sannyasa envisioned by Bro. Wayne (see Bro. Wayne and Sannyasa, linked on every main page)

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Early photo of Brother Wayne with H. H. the Dalai Lama

Bro. Wayne Website Section See the extensive section of the Multiplex about Brother Wayne's work, vision, publi- cations and other contribu- tions.  You can reach this section by clicking on the "Bro. Wayne" link on all the major pages and homepage of the Multiplex or going directly to: http://www.isdna.org/wayne.php

 

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2002 meeting with spiritual teachers at Omega Institute to discuss ISD Vision

 

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2004 ISD program at the Parliament of the World's Religions, Barcelona

 

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Gorakh Hayashi and Kurt Johnson, speakers at the 2005 Wayne Tribute Event and authors of ISD foundational documents and remembrances of Wayne

 

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Fr. Thomas Keating at ISDnA's 2005 "Common Ground" Conference hosted by The Crossings, Austin; Russill Paul, long time friend of Bro. Wayne from the days with Fr. Bede Griffiths.  Read his eulogy to Bro. Wayne at:

www.isdna.org/eulogy.php

 

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Regular "Circles" for Meditation and Deep Dialogue, working with OneVoice in New York City

2009 participation in Aspen "Spiritual Summit" and founding of Contemplative Alliance ("going home" airport photo by Kurt Johnson of Rabbi Rami Shapiro [Spiritual Pathways], Sraddhalu Ranade [Sri Aurobindo Ashram] and Diane Berke [One Spirit Interfaith Seminary])

 

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Brother Wayne and Fr. Bede Griffiths together in India.  Bro. Wayne's last book was Bede Griffiths:  an Introduction to his Interspiritual Thought

 

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Dr. Kurt Johnson reading "Words of Bro. Wayne" at UOS Founding; left, Rev. Jean Leone, Secretary-General of Order of Universal Interfaith

 

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Sannyasa Transmission Ceremony, Kurt Johnson and Dorothy Cunha, two original ISD Founders

 

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Sannyasa Benediction by Rev. Dr. Thomas Downes, a Founder of ISD

InterSpiritual Dialogue 'n Action (ISDnA) is your host at the InterSpiritual Multiplex

Given the degree of growth and accomplishment by ISDnA over the years, especially with the develop- ment of the Wayne-based education curriculum at One Spirit in New York (see One Spirit at the New York "hub" of the Multiplex), the founding this year of the InterSpiritual Multiplex and the Universal Order of Sannyasa (described on pp. 248-250 of The Mystic Heart), it becomes even more important to understand the generation of the network and its connection to Bro. Wayne's InterSpiritual vision.

Founding of ISD with Brother Wayne.   ISDnA traces back to 2002 when Bro. Wayne was looking for a way to found what he called "the Association", an international group promulgating InterSpirituality that he envisioned in his classic book The Mystic Heart:  Discovering a Universal Spirituality in the World's Religions (1999).  After reading the book, a number of the founders of ISDnA had contacted Wayne because of our identification with his vision.  Eight of these persons remain part of ISDnA to this day:  Kurt Johnson, Martha Gallahue, Michael Stone, Dorothy Cunha, Lisa Lerner, Matt Mitler, Tom Downes and Robert Trabolt.  Bro. Wayne replied that he would be coming to New York in July of that year to speak at East/West Books and he could speak with us then.

Several of us spoke with him that evening and Kurt Johnson, who has handled the correspondence with him, then went out to dinner with him, and a group of others, for a longer discussion.  Bro. Wayne was impressed with the idea that an ideal template for forming his association was the UN NGO community, with which many of us were already associated, especially through the Spiritual Caucus and Values caucuses-- what today are also recognized with the UN NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns.  Soon after, some of us went to the Spiritual Caucus and explained the vision (see our UN NGO colleagues at the UN NGO Multiplex page, especially the National Service Conference which was our original sponsor there).  We were informed that UN rules required that we incorporate.  So, we made "InterSpiritual Dialogue" (ISD), a religious corporation.  The law required three original incorporators all from the same county; that included Kurt Johnson, Martha Gallahue and Tom Downes.  Using the spelling of the word that Bro. Wayne most preferred, capitalizing the S within the word we, with Bro. Wayne as our "Founding Counselor", began. 

The first activity of ISD, at the suggestion of Brother Wayne, was to prepare a program on InterSpiritu- ality for the 2004 Parliament of the World's Religions, a program which not only had the advantage of Bro. Wayne as "lead" but our accompanyment by a sacred arts performing group, Dzieci (see Recommended in New York).  Wayne began visiting us at least twice a year from that time on.  And, during that time we had a number of discussions with spiritual teachers of many traditions (like the one shown at the left at Omega Institute including Kurt Johnson, Sufi leader Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Advaita teachers Pamela Wilson, Neelam and Annette Knopp, and the founders of Kalliopeia Foundation) about the unfolding of interspiritual work.  We began our first extensive website, which was then at www.isdac.com, later replaced by the larger website of ISDnA.

Kosmos:   Tension in Barcelona:Parliament of World’s Religions 2004

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Bro. Wayne's Transition.   Because of the recurrence of Bro. Wayne's cancer, he was unable to join ISD at the Parliament of the World's Religions (Barcelona).  However, one artifact of ISD's well-attended gathering on InterSpiritiuality (see photos at the upper left) was that persons working with Wayne from a number of cities got to meet each other, including Drs. Gorakh Hayashi and Kurt Johnson who would later go on to produce much of the foundational documentation for the group (see where their articles are available at the Explore Features and Learn Pages and at InterSpirituality).

It took months for friends of Bro. Wayne to adjust to the reality of his transition in 2004.  Many but not all were able to attend the final ceremonies for him in Chicago, where his old friend from the days with Fr. Bede in India, Russill Paul (see photo left) delivered the eulogy (read it at link with photo).  But coop- eration again by the new year of  2005 allowed his circle of friends to assemble again, this time at The Crossings retreat center in Austin, Texas for a "tribute" to and remembrance of Bro. Wayne.  This gathering, including friends and care givers of Bro. Wayne, associates and friends like Fr. Thomas Keating, Joan Borysenko, Betty Sue Flowers, Shaman Oscar Miro-Quesada, Joyce and Ken Beck (founders of The Crossings, and members of their board and advisers Charles Ragland and Dr. Adam Blatner), Gorakh Hayashi and many of  the New York  founders of ISD.   See The Crossings, Russill Paul and others at the Multiplex's Austin hub page. 

Expansion to ISDnA.   On the Sunday of that gathering, this wider group decided to form up an international network to replace ISD, and this became ISDnA, coined actualy around the DNA acronym by Oscar Miro-Quesada.  Aaron Froehlich, a talented web builder, then volunteered to prepare the www.isdna.org website which is now the host of the Multiplex, along with another entity, Broadband Contemplative Alliances Network, which was a web name ISD took out prior to its programs at the World Parliament, anticipating further expansion.  The ongoing organizer group of ISDnA was Ken and Joyce Beck, Gorakh Hayashi, Kurt Johnson, Charles Ragland, Adam Blatner, Deanne Quarrie and Luca Valentino (whose photos are available here:  http://www.isdna.org/organizers.php).

A video of the 2005 Tribute Event at The Crossings is on YouTube at:

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Establishment of the Education Curriculum with One Spirit.  Within two years of the tribute event, and with the beginning of some writing on Bro. Waynes vision in the months after his transition (see Explore Features, Learn Pages and InterSpirituality) One Spirit Interfaith Seminary and Learning Alliance, who had already been using the works of Brother Wayne in their curriculum, joined with ISDnA.  One Spirit's founders Diane Berke and Michael Pergola worked with ISD to consolidate a program in Integral Multifaith and Consciousness Studies, bringing in the larger transformational map of Ken Wilber and Don Beck's work and direct dharma teaching through Loch Kelly (an associate of Adyashanti) and Kurt Johnson.  Ten members of ISDnA were also among the founders of New York's vibrant wider coalition of spiritual and transforma- tional groups called The Coalition for OneVoice.  See OneVoice, Loch Kelly and others at the Mutliplex's New York hub page). 

The Future.   This year, 2010, finds the network establishing the InterSpiritual Multiplex and the Universal Order of Sannyasa (now known as the Community of The Mystic Heart), the latter in cooperation with another vibrant interspiritual group the Order of Universal Interfaith and its emerging World Council of Interfaith Congregations, founded by Rev. Tim Miner and associates (see OUNI and WCIC at the World hub of the Multiplex). See also the Sannyasa and Bro. Wayne pages at the Multiplex.

Important Links.    See, at the Multiplex these pages:

Bro. Wayne (most extensive Bro. Wayne materials on the web)

World hub (for Order of Universal Interfaith, Council of Interfaith Congregations USA, and World Council of Interfaith Congregations)

Sannyasa (for the Universal Order of Sannyasa, now known as the Community of The Mystic Heart)

Interspirituality (for foundational articles by Hayashi and Johnson) and comments and remembrances about Bro. Wayne by Johnson and Hayashi HERE (Johnson), HERE (Johnson) and HERE (Hayashi).

 

 

 

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InterSpiritual Dialogue 'n Action (ISDnA, est. 2002) & Broadband Contemplative Alliances Network (bcan.ws, est. 2004) with Brother Wayne. Multiplex Maingate is www.isdna.org; Multiplex Visitors Center is multiplex.isdna.org.   All rights reserved for original materials first published here; thanks to many associates for linked and associated materials.  ISDnA's educational partner is One Spirit Interfaith (www.onespiritinterfaith.org), ISDnA is a founding member of The Order of Universal Interfaith (OUnI www.ouni.org), World Council of Interfaith Congregations (WCIC, www.ouni.org),Coalition for OneVoice (www.coalitionforonevoice.org) and the Universal Order of Sannyasa (originally envisioned by Bro. Wayne, www.orderofsannyasa.org).  Administrator Contact kurtjohnsonisd@yahoo.com

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