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The New Dimensions Café
New Dimensions Foundation

Activism, art, education, science, psychology, philosophy, health, spirituality… All these and more are featured in this lively, short (10-20 minute) companion to the diverse, award-winning one-hour New Dimensions program that has been broadcast on public radio since 1973. For more information and over a thousand hours of downloadable programs visit   

The New Dimensions Café (Total: 95 episodes)

Apricot Irving currently lives in the woods outside Portland Oregon, but has lived in Haiti, Indonesia, and the United Kingdom. She returned to Haiti in the spring of 2010 to cover the earthquake for the radio program This American Life. She’s a recipient of the Rona Jaffe Foundation writers award and an Oregon Literary Fellowship. Her renowned oral history project,, is a collaboration between youth and elders to record the stories of the neighborhood in the mist of gentrification. She is the author of The Gospel of Trees: A Memoir. (Simon & Schuster 2018.) 

Tags: Apricot Irving, Memoir, memoirist, family, Haiti, journaling, Childhood, Thich Nhat Hanh, History, Writing, Health & Healing, Parenting

Dean Sluyter has taught natural methods of meditation and awakening throughout the United states and beyond since 1970. He’s taught at colleges, yoga studios ,corporate offices, and maximum-security prisons. He’s known for his funny, down-to-earth style, and for making life-transforming teachings accessible and easy. He is the author of many books including: The Zen Commandments (Tarcher/Putnam 2001), Why the Chicken Crossed the Road and Other Hidden Enlightenment Teachings (Tarcher/Putnam 1998), Cinema Nirvana: Enlightenment Lessons from the Movies (Three Rivers Press 2005), Natural Meditation: A Guide to Effortless Meditative Practice (Tarcher/Penguin 2015), Less Fear, Living Beyond Fear, Anxiety, Anger, and Addiction (TarcherPerigee 2018)

Tags: Dean Sluyter, imagination, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, coward, hero, awakening, enlightenment, Gospel of Thomas, psychedelics, beingness, dogs, listening, space between thoughts, Personal Transformation, Self Help, Meditation

Larry Dossey, M.D. is the executive editor of Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing, and served as co-chair of the Panel on Mind/Body Interventions of the NIH Office of Alternative Medicine. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including: Prayer Is Good Medicine: How to Reap the Healing Benefits of Prayer (HarperOne 1997). The Power of Premonitions: How Knowing the Future Can Shape Our Lives (Dutton 2009). The Energy of Prayer: How to Deepen Your Spiritual Practice (co-author Thich Nhat Hanh) (Parallax Press 2006), The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things: Fourteen Natural Steps to Health and Happiness (Harmony 2007), One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters (Hay House 2013).

Robert Fuller, Ph.D. is a physicist and former president of Oberlin College. He has consulted with Indira Gandhi, met with Jimmy Carter regarding the President's Commission on World Hunger, and worked to defuse the Cold War in Russia when it was known as the USSR. As Fuller reflected on his career he realized that he had been, at different times in his life, a somebody and a nobody. His periodic sojourns into “Nobodyland” led him to identify rankism - the abuse of the power inherent in rank - and ultimately to write the book Somebodies and Nobodies: Overcoming the Abuse of Rank. He has become a recognized leader of the dignity movement to overcome rankism and keynoted a Dignity for All conference hosted by the President of Bangladesh. His many other accomplishments include co-authoring the text book Mathematics of Classical and Quantum Physics. His books include: Somebodies and Nobodies: Overcoming the Abuse of Rank (New Society Publishers 2003), Dignity for All: How to Create a World without Rankism (co-author Pamela A. Gerloff) (Berrett-Koehler Publishers 2008), Religion and Science: A Beautiful Friendship? (e-book, Smashwords 2012),  (novel) The Rowan Tree (CreateSpace 2013), (children’s book) Theo: The White Squirrel (co-author Claire Sheridan)  (Amazon Digital Services 2016), Questions and Quests: A Short Book Aphorisms (Amazon Digital Services 2017), The Theory of Everybody (Robert Fuller 2017)

Tags: Robert Fuller, rankism, Marshall Plan, indignity, dignity, racism, Truth and Reconciliation Commission, predation, somebodies and nobodies, Social Change/Politics

Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel is a Buddhist teacher and teaches throughout the U.S. and Europe. She’s the wife of Tibetan Buddhist master Dzigar Kongtru and has studied and practiced in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition since 1985. After many years of solitary retreat, Dzigar Rinpoche appointed Elizabeth as Retreat Master at Longchen Jigme Samten Ling, retreat center in southern Colorado. Her books include It's Up to You: The Practice of Self-Reflection on the Buddhist Path (editor) (Shambhala 2006),  Light Comes Through: Buddhist Teachings on Awakening to Our Natural Intelligence (editor) (Shambhala 2009), The Power of an Open Question: The Buddha's Path to Freedom (Shambhala 2010), The Logic of Faith: A Buddhist Approach to Finding Certainty Beyond Belief and Doubt (Shambhala 2018)

Tags: Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel, faith, dogma, fundamentialism, analytical meditation, doubt, certainty, interdependent phenomena, faithing, preferences, unconditional happiness, Dalai Lama, grace, Buddhism, Spirituality, Religion, Philosophy, Personal Transformation

Alan Watts was a British-born American philosopher, writer, speaker, and counterculture hero, best known as an interpreter of Asian philosophies for a Western audience. He wrote over 25 books and numerous articles applying the teachings of Eastern and Western religion and philosophy to our everyday lives. During the 1960s Watts became well known as a lecturer, writer, and radio and TV personality, both in philosophical and psychological venues and among the youth of the nation, who were disenchanted with the Vietnam War. He was a gifted speaker. He could stand at a podium without notes and deliver a lecture with such lucidity as to leave his audience spellbound. He died in late 1973. In this program we speak with his daughters, Joan and Anne Watts. They are the editors and curators of the book, The Collected Letters of Alan Watts (New World Library 2017)

Tags: Alan Watts, Joan Watts, Anne Watts, Joan & Anne Watts, Joan and Anne Watts, happiness, writing, Gourmet Magazine, organized religion, History

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. is a psychologist with a deep interest in neuroscience and mindfulness. He is a senior fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California Berkeley and creator of the year-long course The Foundations of Well-Being. He is the author of many books including Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom (New Harbinger 2009), Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time (New Harbinger 2011), Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence (Harmony Books 2013), Meditations to Change Your Brain - CD Set (Sounds True 2009), Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength and Happiness (Harmony Books 2018)

Tags: Rick Hanson, Compassion, Golden Rule, Resilient, Resilience, Self-Compassion, Loving Ourselves, Inner Critic, Internal caring Committee, Inner Victim, Inner Attacker, Inn Protector, Cravings, Psychology, Health & Healing, Personal Transformation, Self Help

Ora Nadrich is a certified Life Coach and Mindfulness Meditation teacher and founder of The Institute for Transformational Thinking. A former actress and screenwriter, Nadrich retired to devote her time to explore in depth psychology and various spiritual approaches to life including Kabbalah, Buddhism, and Siddha Yoga. She is the author of Says Who? How One Simple Question Can Change the Way You Think Forever. (Morgan James Publishing 2016).

Tags: Ora Nadrich, negative thoughts, fear based thoughts, beliefs, internal dialogue, journaling, Personal Transformation, Self Help, Psychology, Relationship

Jacob Israel Liberman is a pioneer in the fields of light, vision, and consciousness. He has developed numerous light and vision therapy instruments, including the first FDA-cleared medical device to significantly improve visual performance. He earned a doctorate in the field of optometry and a Ph.D. in Vision Science. He is the Past President of the College of Syntonic Optometry and the International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine (ISSSEEM). He is the author of Light: Medicine of The Future: How We Can Use It to Heal Ourselves NOW (Bear & Company 1990). Take Off Your Glasses and See: A Mind/Body Approach to Expanding Your Eyesight and Insight (Harmony Books 1995). Luminous Life: How the Science of Light Unlocks the Art of Living (New World Library 2018)

Tags: Jacob Liberman, Bible, information, wisdom, NDE, spiritual guidance, tsunami, Talmud, light, Science, Spirituality 

Ricardo Stocker, Ph.D. grew up in Argentina, moved to Europe when he was 25 years old and now lives in California. He studied at Emerson College in England, Prescott College in Arizona, and at Saybrook University in San Francisco. He’s a counselor, homesteader, musician, and professor of Psychology and Communication at Mendocino College. He is the author of Our Compassionate Kosmos: Awakening to the Presence of Celestial Love. (Balboa Press 2016) 

Tags: Ricardo Stocker, cybersphere, cyberspace, celestial news, reading the weather, information overload, guardian angel, surrender, prayer, high noticing, Chief Spiritual Officer, CSO, Lorna Byrne, common good, collective prayer and meditation,  Philosophy, Personal Transformation, Self Help, Psychology, spirituality