Co-sponsored by
Antioch University, The Charter for Compassion & Spiritual Directors International
8-Week Course beginning January 12, 2021
20 CEUs from Antioch University

We invite you to join us for our upcoming course on Meditation as a Foundation for Social and Environmental Activism.

This 7-step process provides a foundation for social and environmental activism.  It is a universal process drawn from the world’s great spiritual and secular traditions that is empowered by gratitude, love, mindfulness, diversity and inclusivity. It fosters profound meaning and purpose for our internal life, our profession, relationships and service to others.

This practice supports activism through wisdom, compassion and equanimity. It honors and embraces the marvelous diversity of beliefs, practices, gender designations, age, race and ethnicity.

Enrollees through the Antioch portal will be eligible to receive 20 CEUs (Continuing Education Credits).

This Course
In this course you will learn InterSpiritual Meditation (ISM), a seven-step universal process drawn from the world’s spiritual and secular traditions. Each of the seven steps you will learn to harness and harmonize your own natural learning styles and to create a personal contemplative practice that gives rise to inner peace, wisdom, and compassion by drawing on the contemplative wisdom of one or more traditions.  This process enables people of diverse spiritual and non-spiritual backgrounds to create engaged contemplative communities and social and environmental activism based on empathy, understanding, shared intentions and compassionate service for the common good.

The Resources

Participants in this course will engage in these learning resources (click on the following):

  1. Course Overview
  2. The Book: “InterSpiritual Meditation”  by Dr. Ed Bastian
  3. Weekly Zoom Sessions (Link will be provided)

The Schedule

The Zoom sessions for the 8-week course will begin at 4 pm (Pacific), Tuesday, January 12.  The live sessions will be recorded.  Those wishing to receive CEUs should attend each live session and complete a final paper summarizing their seven-step meditation and how it will provide a foundation for activism.


Participants will become members of the special course website provided by the Spiritual Paths Foundation for a membership fee of $8/mo. cancellable at any time after the completion of the 8-week course.

Bio for Dr. Ed Bastian

Ed is the president of the Spiritual Paths Foundation and holds a PhD in Buddhist Studies.  His primary research languages are Tibetan and Sanskrit.  He is an award-winning author of “Living Fully Dying Well,” and author of ”InterSpiritual Meditation” and “Mandala: Creating an Authentic Spiritual Path.”

Ed is on the faculty of Antioch University where he teaches Buddhism and Mindfulness Meditation.  During the past 15 years, he has taught throughout the United States and Canada at such places as the Garrison Institute, One Spirit Interfaith, the Chaplaincy Institute, the Interspiritual Centre of Vancouver, the Esalen Institute, Omega Institute, Hollyhock, California Institute of Integral Studies, the Aspen Institute, Charter for Compassion, and the Parliament for World’s Religions.  

Ed has been President of The Interfaith Initiative that hosts “Showers of Blessings” for our  homeless neighbors and ECOFaith for environmental action.  He has been a Global Trustee of the United Religions Initiative (URI) and the Executive Committee of the URI Environmental Network Cooperation Circle.

A former Fulbright Fellow in India, and student at Sera Tibetan monastery, Ed has worked closely with over fifty Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Taoist, and Native American contemplative teachers, and was a participant in Fr. Thomas Keating’s groundbreaking Snowmass gatherings of contemplative leaders of many faiths. He is a former Smithsonian program director of BioDiversity and teacher of Buddhism and world religions.  He has been an Internet entrepreneur (Aspen Interactive Media) and environmentalist.  He produced acclaimed documentaries on religion for the BBC and PBS, and a film series on Tibetan Buddhism funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Presently he is completing a film on the historic 1981 Kalachakra Tantra Initiation at Deer Park in Wisconsin that features interviews with the Dalai Lama, Geshe Lhundup Sopa, participants and renowned experts.


  1. Motivation
  2. Gratitude
  3. Transformative imagination
  4. Compassion
  5. Mindfulness
  6. Wisdom
  7. Service


"ISM is an open-hearted and truly universal practice. If ever there was a practice to help us get spiritually unstuck, this is it."
-Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault
"Spiritual Paths brings together the wisdom of authentic teachers from the worlds spiritual traditions, provides an excellent curriculum based on those traditions, and leads us toward a new paradigm of InterSpiritual education and practice."
-Rabbi Zalman Schachter
"Dr. Bastian's work is a great and important breakthrough, as so many believe they are not spiritual because they do not follow a particular dogma..."
-Dr. Carol Pearson
"I am particularly excited by this initiative of Edward Bastian and the Spiritual Paths Foundation. It as a sea change in the evolution of what we used to call the ecumenical activity. I see us coming into the next phase of inter-religious dialogue, to introduce one another to the inner experience of each others faith traditions. For when we do, we shall come to the realization that the end is One."
-Imam Feisal Abdul-Rauf