8 Living Spiritual Leaders of Our Days ~
- The Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatzo, the 14th Dalai Lama, is a man of peace and the spiritual leader of Tibet, and probably you aren`t surprised to see him on top of our list for living spiritual leaders of our days. He is believed to be the reincarnation of the Buddha of Compassion and of the 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso. The Dalai Lama was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for his non-violent endeavors to free Tibet. Aside from being an inspiration of peace and compassion, he is also known for his efforts to save the environment. Up until now, the Dalai Lama still travels the world to help spread the beliefs of love, understanding, and harmony. He has received more than a hundred awards, prizes, and honorary doctorates for a variety of disciplines, all of which focuses on universal responsibility and world peace.
- Eckhart Tolle
Eckhart Tolle is a German spiritual leader and author. He spent his younger years in desolation, struggling to fight depression. At the age of 29, he underwent a profound inner transformation, which turned his life around. Since then, he committed to live a life developing and even strengthening this transformation, and started sharing his journey to help heal the world. As the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller “The Power of Now” and “A New Earth” (which is now regarded as one of the most influential spiritual books of our time), Eckhart provides a better understanding of the transformation of consciousness or spiritual enlightenment, a personal journey towards human evolution.
- Paulo Coelho
Paulo Coelho is a notable writer and author of the book, “The Alchemist”. Through his masterpieces, he transpired to be a spiritual leader for many across the globe, inspiring and empowering people with his experiences, stories, and messages on spirituality, pursuing dreams, and finding purpose. Although Coelho doesn’t identify himself as a spiritual leader, he emerged as one of the greatest teachers who shared his experiences and his own spiritual awakening, which happened to enlighten many of his readers.
- Jack Kornfield
Jack Kornfield is a Buddhist monk who acquired his training in Thailand, Burma, and India monasteries. Kornfield is recognized for his efforts to teach Buddhism and Buddhist mindfulness practice to Westerners, and eventually co-founded the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, alongside Joseph Goldstein and Sharon Salzberg, both prominent in the same discipline. Jack Kornfield’s teachings are centered around the practice of mindfulness while incorporating loving kindness and self-compassion, which is also apparent in his writings and books.
- James Redfield
James Redfield is an American author and lecturer who is widely known for his self-published novel, The Celestine Prophecy. The Celestine Prophecy had sold over 20 million copies all over the world, making it one of the most successful self-published books of all time. The novel is notable worldwide for its contributions to spiritual practices and transformations, known to have played a monumental part in people’s journey to spiritual awakening. Redfield has received many awards for his efforts to help and improve humanity.
- Don Miguel Ruiz
Don Miguel Ruiz is a Mexican author, whose works center on personal freedom and achieving spiritual enlightenment. Known for his book, The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz was included in the list of the Watkins 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People in 2014 and his book was also featured on Oprah. The Four Agreements, 1. Be impeccable with your word, 2. Don’t take anything personally, 3. Don’t make assumptions, and 4. Always do your best, is actually engraved in the US Air Force’s “challenge coin”, referencing Don Miguel Ruiz as a “National Heirloom of Mexico”.
- Tara Brach
Tara Brach is an American clinical psychologist, author, and the founder of Insight Meditation Community in Washington, D.C. She is also known for her contributions in the areas of meditation, mindfulness, creating a deeper connection with inner self, emotional healing, and spiritual awakening through her published books and teachings.
- Deepak Chopra
Deepak Chopra, an Indian-American author, public speaker, and a New Age guru, is known for his New York Times’ Best Seller self-help book, “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success” and for establishing the Chopra Foundation, which aims to enlighten the world about how spiritual healing can change one’s life for the better. He believes that a person may achieve “perfect health”, a condition “that is free from disease, that never feels pain”, and “that cannot age or die”.