Recipients of OUnI’s “Interfaith Interspiritual Sage” Stature.
Father Bede Griffiths
Bede Griffiths OSB Cam, also known, by the end of his life, as Swami Dayananda (“bliss of compassion”), was a British-born Indian Benedictine monk who lived in ashrams in South India and became a noted yogi. He has become a leading thinker in the development of the dialogue between Christianity and Hinduism. Griffiths was a part of the Christian Ashram Movement. One of his disciples was Brother Wayne Teasdale. Posthumous Presentation.
Brother Dr. Wayne Teasdale
Author of the book (1999), “The Mystic Heart: Discovering a Universal Spirituality in the World’s Religions” which defined the term “interspiritual” and called for the creation of the Universal Order of Sannyasa. Posthumous Award.
Father Thomas Keating
Rev. Dr. Huston Smith
Author of numerous books on the world’s religions including the seminal textbook for all students, “The World’s Religions.” He also wrote the 1976 book, “Forgotten Truth: The Common Vision of the World’s Religions.” Award presented in his home in California in February 2010.
Rabbi Joseph H. Gelberman, Ph.D.
St. Francis of Assisi
Swami Satchidananda is respected worldwide as one of the pioneers of the interfaith movement. He was the founder of Yogaville in Central Virginia where the LOTUS (Light of Truth Universal Shrine) was built, dedicated to the light of all faiths and world peace. Swami Satchidananda came to the West from India in the 1960′s and dedicated his life to promoting interfaith understanding.