Patricia Hunt-Perry is a remarkable woman, Her career has included many years in university teaching where she introduced innovative courses on death and dying, ways of knowing, and ecology and the sacred long before these topics were in vogue.
She’s also been a spiritual seeker who has met or studied with some of the leading spiritual masters in this country and India.
Teachers like Ram Dass, Krishnamurti, Thich Nhat Hahn, the Dalai Lama, Mooji and others. At the invitation of Thich Nhat Hanh, she was ordained as a Dharma Teacher, although she is now retired.
Patricia was the host commentator of the PBS five-part television series, “Prospects For Humanity,”
Now in her eighth decade, Patricia’s going strong although also setting sensible limits on what she can ask her body to do. We talk about her thoughts on death and dying, aging, and her life through the decades, and Patricia shares glimpses of her relationship with some of the spiritual masters she has known.
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Patricia-Hunt Perry, Ph.D. is a professor emeritus of Social Thought. She taught at Syracuse University and the University of Cincinnati before joining the faculty at the interdisciplinary Ramapo College. She initiated courses that were on the cutting edge of inquiry: Alternative Ways of Knowing, Death and Dying, Ecology and the Sacred among others offering Walking Meditation as part of the curriculum. She facilitated or co-facilitated several Ramapo lecture series which brought to campus spiritual teachers and advance thinkers such as Buckminster Fuller, Ram Dass, and others in series entitled How Then Shall We Live and My Life Is My Message. Active ‘in the peace movement and civil rights movements her courses engaged the works of Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and others.
She was the host commentator of the PBS television series, “Prospects for Humanity,” doing interviews and commentaries on the works of people from around the world such as Michio Kushi and Robert Bly. Patricia hosted the program, In The Spirit, on WBAI in New York City 25 times.
She was closely associated with J. Krishnamurti and physicist David Bohm for more than a decade. Living in India for a period she received teachings from Masters there and then went to Punjab University as a visiting professor.
She was ordained in Tiep Hien Order Buddhism and became a Dharma Teacher at the invitation of Thich Nhat Hanh from which she is now retired.
She has done retreats with spiritual masters such as the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, Krishnamurti, and Mooji and currently co-facilitates a monthly Mooji video Satsang in Albany, New York. She was a scholar in residence at NYU and had a Fulbright fellowship at Princeton University. She is the author of articles and book chapters including, with Lyn Fine, “All Buddhism is Engaged.”
Currently, she resides near Albany, New York where she offers groups on various topics and spends as much time in nature as possible.