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Dr. Ed Bastian is the founder and president of the Spiritual Paths Foundation. Dr. Ed Bastian holds a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies and is an award-winning author of “Living Fully Dying Well,” “InterSpiritual Meditation” and publisher of “Meditations for InterSpiritual Wisdom,” and has produced acclaimed documentaries on religion for the BBC and PBS. Ed has worked closely with over fifty Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Taoist, and Native American contemplative teachers, and has been an early and longtime participant in Fr. Thomas Keating’s Snowmass gatherings of contemplative leaders of many faiths. A former program director and teacher of Buddhism and world religions for the Smithsonian Institution, internet entrepreneur and environmentalist, Ed has taught throughout the United States and Canada. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Antioch University in Santa Barbara where he is teaching courses on Buddhism, meditation and religion.