Acharya Mangalananda

Mangalananda is a direct disciple of Anandamayee and for many years lived in one of her ashrams as a monk.  He is one of the few Westerners initiated by her.  There he learned the traditional village style of chanting kirtan which he now offers regularly at different locations in the San Francisco Bay area, in addition to being a featured musician at summer kirtan festivals.  In additions to CDs featuring his music, Mangalanda has written an excellent introduction to the life and work of Anandamayee titled: “A Goddess Among Us.”

Listen to one of the kirtan Om Ma Sharanam, a homage to the Divine Mother:

Here is a link to his interview: “My Time with Anandamayi Ma”

His website is:

Mangalananda’s kirtan is very inspired, pure and ‘sattvic’, and very traditional, done as a sacred offering free from the ‘performance’ and personality aspects of many contemporary kirtan practitioners.


Avery Solomon

Avery was a close student of Anthony Damiani, Paul Brunton, and also of Raphael and is a long-standing member of Wisdom’s Goldenrod.  He regularly offers workshops and teachings there as well as annually in Sweden.  Avery brings his training as a mathematician into his spiritual work, demonstrating the syntony between modern science with perennial wisdom traditions and showing how they can be integrated and harmonized.

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Mahmud Burton – Society for Turkish Classical Music

Mahmud is a musician in the Turkish Sufi tradition who plays the ney and other instruments.  Rumi said: “Fire is the voice of the ney—not wind…the fire of love has fallen into the ney.”  The Society, which he helped found, offers training in classical Turkish music under the tutelage of the celebrated Turkish musician Timuçin Çevikoğlu, who has been visiting the U.S. on a regular basis to train a group of students who are learning his tradition and to offer lectures, concerts and recitals.

Mahmud has offered workshops in Mt. Shasta where we have also had the pleasure of hosting his teacher Timuçin along with dervishes in the Mevlana Sufi tradition.

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Pedro Elias

Pedro, born in Portugal, is the designer of this website. In addition to his web-design, he is an author, musician, writer and student of sacred traditions.
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Tibetan Nuns Project

One of the many, many accomplishments of His Holiness the Dalai Lama has been to introduce into the training of Tibetan nuns the philosophical and debate studies that have been standard for monks for centuries.  Through this he was able to demonstrate to other high lamas and tulkus that nuns are equally qualified to study for the 16 year Geshe degree, the highest level of training in Tibetan Buddhism. As a result nuns are now allowed for the Geshema degree and in 2019 the first group of nuns passed a set of rigorous examinations and became Geshema’s.

Central to the hosting of nuns who have escaped from Tibet and others who have sought to enter into a monastic life, the Tibetan Nuns Project (TNP) has supported nuns and nunneries in India from the different branches of Tibetan Buddhism.

More about the TNP and their important work is available at:

We have been blessed to be able to support two nuns who are currently studying to be Geshema’s, and to visit them at their nunnery, Dolma Ling, in Dharamsala, where we were able to attend talks of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the environment of his Monastery and the many Tibetans who gathered around him for his blessing.


Timothy Smith

Timothy was a close student of Anthony Damiani and was chosen by Paul Brunton to be the co-editor of his Notebooks with the task of preparing them for publication.  Tim is an excellent astrologer who is able to use the horoscope to evaluate challenges and issues from a spiritual perspective.  He has an extensive website filled with material on sacred traditions, photos, and his translations of texts.

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