By Ira Rifkin

75 those that replaced the realm is a superb, provocative selection of brief biographies of reformers, students, martyrs and mystics – of many religions – who shook up spiritual inspiration and perform within the 20th century. the fast profiles make attention-grabbing interpreting – and, frequently, discovery – and the quotations and bibliographies following each one profile make this an excellent extra worthwhile source. it truly is an admiring and instructive survey of influential non secular practitioners and pioneers. a party of the human spirit, perfect for either seekers and believers, the curious and the passionate, thinkers and doers, seventy five those that replaced the area is an authoritative consultant to the main artistic non secular principles and activities of the previous century – a problem for us at the present time.

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Particularly attracting young people, he had an unusual talent for communicating with Westerners in their own idiom, speaking in terms of their own culture rather than Tibetan tradition, and linking Buddhist concepts with those of modern psychology. His uncompromising, nontheistic message about the dangers of “spiritual materialism” sounded an alarm amid the chaotic spiritual supermarket of the 1970s. Chögyam Trungpa founded a network of meditation centers around the world as well as the Naropa Institute (now Naropa University) in Boulder, Colorado.

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How else can you explain the Dalai Lama, Tibetan Buddhist monk and pop culture phenomenon at the same time? ” If nothing else, the spiritual status quo was unrelentingly challenged during the twentieth century. It is equally appropriate to end the book with a chapter titled “They Spoke from the Power of Silence,” for silence, say the mystics, is at the core of spiritual transformation. In between, we profile those who died or otherwise suffered greatly for their spirituality and in doing so profoundly affected the world around them; and those who became larger-than-life figures in the way that only the twentieth century’s enveloping mass media could make them.

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