In this episode, Michael and Leo Burke explored the work of Adi Da Samraj and its potential to support a global awakening towards a Cooperative Human Community. They discussed distinctions such as “prior unity” (the inherent interconnectedness of all life), “every-body-all-at-once” (the entirety of humanity), and the three great principles of all truth.
Adi Da Samraj, was an American spiritual teacher, writer, and artist. He was the founder of a new religious movement known as Adidam. Adi Da initially became known in the spiritual counterculture of the 1970s for his books and public talks, and for the activities of his religious community. His philosophy was essentially similar to many eastern religions which see spiritual enlightenment as the ultimate priority of human life.
Adi Da wrote many books about his spiritual philosophy and related matters, founding a publishing house to print them. Today we are going to have a conversation with one of his senior students, Leo Burke.
Leo Burke is Professor and Director of the Global Commons Initiative at the Mendoza College of Business, the University of Notre Dame. In this capacity he teaches courses on the commons to undergraduates, MBAs and Executive MBAs. From December 2000 through June 2008, he served as Associate Dean and Director of Executive Education. Prior to joining Notre Dame, Burke served in a variety of roles at Motorola, Inc., including Director and Dean of the College of Leadership and Transcultural Studies within Motorola University. He was a founding member of philosopher Ken Wilber’s Integral Institute.
In 2009 he co-founded, with Carolyn Lee and Kathy Skerritt, the Anthroposphere Institute (www.a-institute.org), an educational organization that champions the global commons through courses and action-learning initiatives. Fundamental to the work of the Anthroposphere Institute is an understanding that the commons is fundamentally an expression of prior unity or the a priori indivisibility of all life.
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