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Finding Happiness to Finding God

With Bestselling Author Eric Weiner

Friday, March 5, 2010

Abode of the Message, New Lebanon, New York

Eric Weiner

Seven Pillars House of Wisdom welcomes special guest Eric Weiner for an evening of heartful conversation on Friday, March 5, 7:30 p.m., at the Abode of the Message in New  Lebanon, New York.  Eric is a former foreign correspondent for National Public Radio and now bestselling author of the title, The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World. Eric will join us as he researches his new book on the various paths to God.


During our evening together, Eric will share his experience of the happiest places in the world, then segue into stories about his current book project where he encounters how one finds God. Over the past nine months Eric has visited numerous spiritual communities and teachers related to Sufism, Shamanism, Buddhism and Kabbalah. He will share his very funny and fascinating tales with us and invite us to do the same.


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Directions to the Abode's Meditation Hall

This program is part of Seven Pillars Bayt al-Hikma (House of Wisdom) series. Through Bayt al-Hikma, as special guests visit Seven Pillars our intention is to open up the conversation to the larger community. This series brings us together with leading thinkers in heartful dialogue where we collectively identify and nurture the wisdom arising in our time.


Eric Weiner Bio

Eric Weiner is a former foreign correspondent for National Public Radio and author of The New York Times bestseller, The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World. It has been translated into 15 languages and is winner of the Borders Original Voices Award for 2008.


Over the past decade, he's reported from more than 40 countries, most of them profoundly unhappy. He traveled to Iraq several times during the reign of Saddam Hussein. He was in Afghanistan in 2001, when the Taliban regime fell. He's also served as a correspondent for NPR in New York, Miami and Washington, D.C. Weiner is a former reporter for The New York Times and was a Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University.


Eric’s writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Slate, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, and The New Republic, among other publications. He writes a regular column for the literary travel website, and  is a frequent commentator for NPR’s All Things Considered program.  

After traveling the world, Eric has settled, quasi-happily, in the Washington area, where he divides his time between his living room and his kitchen. He lives with his wife and daughter and their two happy cats.



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