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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: 91 episodes)

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

Ellen Tadd is an internationally known clairvoyant counselor and educator who has been teaching for more than forty years. She is widely respected for the integrity of her work, the accuracy of her perceptions and guidance, and the clarity and usefulness of her teaching. Her work has been supported by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, the Marion Institute, Deepak Chopra, and the Institute of Noetic Sciences. She’s lectured and taught at colleges, universities, hospitals, and community groups. She is author of: The Infinite View: A Guidebook for Life on Earth (TarcherPerigee 2017).

Tags: Ellen Tadd, consciousness, clairvoyance, staring, afirmations, inspiration, Personal Transformation, meditation, Intuition, Psychic, 

Linda Tucker, an ecological activist, grew up in South Africa during Apartheid. In 2002, she founded the Global White Lion Protection Trust, an organization that works to protect not only the white lions, but also the indigenous communities and knowledge of the Tsonga and Sepedi cultures, which celebrate the white lion as a sacred living heritage. She is the author of Mystery of the White Lions: Children of the Sun God (Hay House 2010) and Saving The White Lion: One Woman’s Battle for Africa’s Most Sacred Animal (North Atlantic Books 2013) 

Tags: Linda Tucker, White Lions, the star constellation Leo, Orion, Sirius, Maria Khosa, Timbavati, Safari Club International, Global White Lion Protection Trust International, trophy hunting, Animals, Ecology/Nature/Environment, Mythology

Dean Radin, Ph.D. is senior scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) and Associate Distinguished Professor of Integral and Transpersonal Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies. He earned a BSEE degree in electrical engineering, magna cum laude with honors in physics, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and then an M.S. in electrical engineering and a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. For a decade he worked on advanced telecommunications R&D at AT&T Bell Laboratories and GTE Laboratories. For over two decades he has been engaged in frontiers research on the nature of consciousness. Before joining the research staff at IONS in 2001, he held appointments at Princeton University, University of Edinburgh, University of Nevada, Interval Research Corporation, and SRI International. His books include: The Conscious Universe: The Scientific Truth of Psychic Phenomena (HarperCollins 1997), Entangled Minds: Extrasensory Experiences in a Quantum Reality (Paraview Pocket Books 2006),  Supernormal (Random House 2013), Real Magic: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Science, and a Guide to the Secret Power of the Universe (Harmony Books 2018)

Tags: Dean Radin, supernatural, magnetism, alchemy, consciousness, natural magic, intention, attention, quantum mechanics, mathematics, internal world, objective world, physics, primordial awareness, Thomas Nagel, evolution, brain, robots, AI, Artificial Intelligence, Science, History, Philosophy

Sy Montgomery is a naturalist, documentary scriptwriter and author of many books which often include stories of her encounters with animals. To research her books, films and articles, Sy Montgomery has been chased by an angry silver back gorilla in Zaire and bitten by a vampire bat in Costa Rica, worked in a pit of 18,000 snakes in Manitoba, and handled a wild tarantula in French Guiana. She holds an honorary doctorate from the University System of New Hampshire.  Her many books have garnered numerous awards, and include: Search for the Golden Moon Bear: Science and Adventure in Pursuit of a New Species (Chelsea Green Publishing 2009), The Good, Good Pig: The Extraordinary Life of Christopher Hogwood (Ballantine Books 2007), Birdology: Adventures with a Pack of Hens, a Peck of Pigeons, Cantankerous Crows, Fierce Falcons, Hip Hop Parrots, Baby Hummingbirds, and One Murderously Big Living Dinosaur  (Atria Books 2011), The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness. (Atria Books 2015)

Tags: Sy Montgomery, octopus, suckers of an octopus, evolution, octopus enrichment manual, octopus venom, octopus arms, Nancy King’s octopus Ollie, Octopuses like TV, Animals, Ecology, Nature, Environment, Science