This week we talk to Rabbi Rami Shapiro about perennial wisdom
Rabbi Rami Shapiro is an award-winning author, poet, essayist, and educator whose poems have been anthologized in over a dozen volumes, and whose prayers are used in prayer books around the world. Rami received rabbinical ordination from the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion and holds both Ph.d. and D.D. degrees. He has created a synagogue, worked as a management consultant for Fortune 500 companies, and got initiated into the Ramakrishna Order of Vedanta.
In addition to writing over 30 books, Rami writes a regular column for Spirituality and Health magazine called “Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler” He also hosts his own podcast Essential Conversations with Rabbi Rama.
In This Interview Rabbi Rami and I Discuss…
- The One You Feed parable.
- How the good wolf can teach the bad wolf
- Why Rabbi Rami is a Jew
- How wisdom comes out of dialogue
- The importance of thinking critically & paradoxically
- The four components of perennial wisdom
- The idea of spiritual maturity
- The role of Believing in Something vs. Experiencing Something
- The contemplative practices of Judaism
- How interfaith surface level differences make things interesting
- How contemplative practices can take us to common ground with one another
- How many people are ignorant to the deep contemplative practices of their own religious tradition
- What a “holy rascal” is
- The 12 Step Program as a spiritual practice to overcome the addiction to control
- The limitations of The 12 Step Program
- How the Tao or God that can be named isn’t the real Tao or God
- That acceptance can be confused with avoidance
- What trim tabbing is and how it can help you in making changes in your life
- What Metta Meditation is and how it can positively affect life
- Rabbi Rami’s approach to his thoughts and feelings