father and son

father and son

Dr. Ed Bastian and Jonathan Bastian present A Conversation Between Father and Son

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Ed Bastian, Ph.D., Shaikh Kabir and Shaikha Camille Helminski Ed Bastian holds a doctorate in Buddhist Studies and is the founder and president of the Spiritual Paths Foundation. His career has combined research, award-winning publication, and teaching in Buddhism and World Religions with ecology. He is the former co-director of the Forum on BioDiversity for the Smithsonian and National Academy of Sciences, where he was also a teacher of Buddhism and world religions. He has also produced documentaries on religion for the BBC and PBS and has served in leadership roles on interfaith and ecofaith organizations. Currently he is an Adjunct Professor at Antioch University in Santa Barbara where he is teaching courses on Buddhism, meditation, and religion. Jonathan Bastian is an award-winning public radio and television host. Jonathan Bastian is an award-winning public radio and television host. He currently hosts Morning Edition on WFPL and also Up Front with Jonathan Bastian, a weekly TV program, which airs across six states on KET. Before his work in Louisville, Bastian created and hosted "Page by Page," a weekly public radio program that was syndicated on multiple public radio stations across Colorado. He has interviewed many influential writers, thinkers, and policy makers, including Congressman John Lewis, Jared Diamond, Oliver Sacks and many others. Shaikh Kabir Helminski and Shaikha Camille Helminski together direct The Threshold Society (www.sufism.org), a non-profit educational foundation for the study of Sufism. Both Camille and Kabir have long associations with the Mevlevi Order based in Turkey, and have brought its spiritual culture to more than 100,000 people in the United States and Canada, primarily through programs that they direct involving touring Whirling Dervishes. In addition, they have made available through their translations into English many classics of the Sufi tradition, including Rumi's Sun and The Rumi Daybook. Camille holds the distinction of being the first woman to translate a substantial portion of the Qur'an into English, published under the title of The Light of Dawn. Camille has done much to spread awareness of the important role of women in Islam through her teaching and her book, Women of Sufism. For his outstanding role as educator and spiritual leader in Islam and the Sufi tradition, Kabir was named in 2009 one of the "500 Most Influential Muslims in the World."