Presented by author/actor/comedian John Cleese, GLOBAL SPIRIT is a unique inquiry into humankind's belief systems, wisdom traditions and states of consciousness. Hosted by author and spiritual seeker Phil Cousineau and featuring renowned experts such as Karen Armstrong, Robert Thurman, Deepak Chopra, Riane Eisler, Joanne Shenendoah and many others, this new critically acclaimed series takes viewers on a mind and soul-expanding journey, exploring the relationships between ancient wisdom traditions, diverse belief systems, world religions, metaphysics and modern science. The series is a co-production of Stephen Olsson, CEM Productions and Link Media.
Sunday, September 9 at 10 p.m.
"The Spiritual Quest"
In this episode of Global Spirit, writer and spiritual seeker Phil Cousineau hosts internationally renowned author and comparative religion scholar Karen Armstrong and Professor of Buddhist studies Dr.Robert Thurman for a discussion of The Spiritual Quest as both a personal and religious phenomenon.
Drawing on personal experiences and the guests' extensive knowledge of various religious traditions, this fascinating conversation in front of a live, New York audience, illuminates the individual and universal dimensions of the Spiritual Quest, asking questions that have intrigued humanity since the dawn of time.
Sunday, September 16 at 10 p.m.
"Forgiveness And Healing"
Most world religions and wisdom traditions include teachings on the nature of forgiveness. This episode of Global Spirit explores forgiveness and healing on a personal and societal level. The program features author and psychotherapist Dr. Ed Tick and his wife Kate Dahlstedt taking a group of PTSD traumatized Vietnam War vets back to the land where they fought and killed, to help them learn the art of "forgiveness of the self”. Program guest Azim Khamisa powerfully illustrates "forgiveness of the other" as he traces how he learned to forgive the boy who murdered his own son. Now Khamisa works with the killer's grandfather to foster forgiveness and healing with young audiences all over the world.
Sunday, September 23 at 10 p.m.
"Music, Sound And The Sacred"
The transcendent power of music has long been recognized as a vehicle for spiritual practice and a path to spiritual fulfillment and enlightenment.
In this episode of Global Spirit, host Phil Cousineau explores the transcendent qualities of spiritual and sacred music with guests Rev. Alan Jones, and Grammy-award-winning singer and member of the Native American Onondaga tribe Joanne Shenandoah. Experience the power of liturgical musical performances in Latin from Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, and witness powerful, live studio performances by Joanne Shenandoah and a haunting sequence from Peter Brook's film, “Meetings with Remarkable Men” with sacred sounds resonating across the Afghan mountaintops.
Sunday, September 30 at 10 p.m.
"Art And The Creative Spirit"
What makes art sacred? Does the creative spirit lie within the artist, or is it channeled through the artist from some "higher power"?
This episode of Global Spirit seeks answers to these and other questions by looking at various sacred art forms, and by engaging with artists who speak eloquently about the spiritual aspect of the creative process. The program presents the work and teachings of Buddhist artist and teacher Lama Lhanang Rinpoche as well as Pueblo Indian sculptor Estella Loretto. Visually engaging and emotionally uplifting, this Global Spirit episode imparts new insights and discoveries about sacred art and the creative spirit from spiritual traditions as distant and seemingly disconnected as Tibet and the American Southwest.