The Crossings, Austin
Host to Important Events within the Interspiritual
a reservoir for Brother Wayne, Fr.
Keating, H. H. the Dalai Lama and other interspiritual pioneers, The Crossings retreat
center, Austin, hosted key events in the unfolding of the interspiritual discussion
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"Winter Pool" by Dafna Mordecai
"Common Ground" Gatherings,
A true "reservoir", The
Crossing's has hosted Brother Wayne's "Common Ground" gatherings since 2003.
The "Common Ground" gatherings have been the embodiment of Brother
Wayne's vision of interspirituality and a place where the growing ISDnA
community could experiement with formats and structures for advancing the interspiritual
discussion. After Bro. Wayne's transition in 2003, The Crossing hosted the
"Wayne Tribute Event" (see right).
For years, interspiritual adepts have
gathered at The Crossings near Austin,
Texas to deepen their interspiritual experience with the common ground created by their
gathering in heart and dialogue. These gathering have included the first "Common
Ground" gatherings while Bro. Wayne was still actively working, the "Tribute
Event" to Brother Wayne in 2005 (see right), the Common Ground, Abraham Walk, and
Women's Role in Peace gatherings since that time. These have all been collaborations
among the ISDnA organizer group centered on its Austin members, Ken and Joyce Beck,
original co-founders of The Crossings and their Board Members Charles Ragland, Adam
Blatner and others.
doing ceremony at the 2005 "Tribute Event to Brother Wayne"
Out of ritual silence, participants listened for
how the times are calling them to contribute to the unfoldment of this world dream, and in
what areas of interest or concern such as ecology and nature, visionary arts, educating
young people, interfaith work, etc., they most wanted to bestow their gifts and services.
They also envisioned how these particular areas of concern could contribute to the
betterment of the planet. From a space of oneness using improvisation, they conceived
methods for individuals to collectively design and implement transformative
interspiritually-based projects for the future.
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Joyce & Ken Beck,
Common Ground 2005 was a tribute to the work and
vision of Brother Wayne Teasdale, author of The Mystic Heart: Discovering a Univeral
Spirituality in the World's Religions, and spokesperson for a core mysticism that
would inspire and guide a major interfaith component in the world transformation movement.
Read about "Common Ground': http://www.isdna.org/common_ground.php
Gorakh Hayashi's tribute to Bro. Wayne at
"Common Ground": HERE
Watch the 2005 Tribute Event http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_gmNQqRv_M
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The conference was also intended to further Brother
Waynes dream of an international association to promote interspirituality and
interspiritual dialogue, as well as create a working model of how individuals from
different religious traditions and backgrounds could come together through indigenous
ritual, shared music, and individual and group creative processes to synthesize a unified
energy field that could, in turn, inspire and support individual and small group service
projects for years to come. This became ISDnA, your host at The InterSpiritual
Multiplex and, in 2010, co-founders of the World Council of Interfaith
Congregations and the Universal Order of Sanyassa.
discussion groups which led to the founding of ISDnA in 2005 at the culmination of the
Among the featured presenters: Father Thomas
Keating on centering prayer, Joan Borysenko on creative play, Betty Sue Flowers on
organizational design, and Gorakh Hayashi on synthesizing and balancing yin and yang
energies as experiential and contextual support for the different aspects of the
Core teachings of Brother Wayne Teasdale were also
explored to inform and inspire this unfoldment. A number of celebrated musicians
participated, along with ritual elements provided by leading ceremonialists like Oscar Miro Quesada of the Andean indigenous traditions.
Participants from a various groups and constituencies initiated and nurtured by Bro. Wayne
were in attendance. Seven members of the original ISD from New York also participated,
informing the audience on Brother Wayne's inspirations and directions to them with regard
to his dreams of an international association (ISDnA) and his Univeral Order of Sannyasa.