Philosophers and Spiritual Teachers: Part One

Confucius (551 – 479 BC)

A Chinese teacher, politician, and philosopher who founded a school of thought that became known as Confucianism.

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Buddha (about 400 – 500 BC)

A major spiritual figure that is seen by historians as a “superhuman.” Born into a royal family, he left to become a hermit and teacher. His teachings became the foundation for Buddhism.

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Plato (about 300 – 400 BC)

A student of Socrates he became a great teacher of philosophy, logic, ethics, and mathematics. His student was Aristotle.

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Socrates (about 400 BC)

He is often credited as the founder of Western philosophy. His contributions are noted in the areas of ethics and the Socratic method of learning.

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Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche (1939-1987)

He was a preeminent teacher of Tibetan Buddhism brought these teachings to the West. While sometimes a controversial figure, he came from a long lineage of highly respected Buddhist meditation masters.

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Babaji (Here Now)

A great and enduring (2,000+ years) teacher of teachers like Yogananda’s Masters.  Last known to appear in a semi-public way: 1970-1984.  “Wisdom, too, is already within you.  Let it shine forth.”

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