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Michael Murphy



Michael Murphy is an American author, thought leader in the Human Potential Movement, and cofounder of the Esalen Institute, a space for all religions, philosophies, and ideals to flourish and come into equal question.

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Paths Beyond Ego: The Transpersonal Vision

This book is a clarion call for an expanded vision of human possibilities. In it, many of the best thinkers of our day ask us to renew the perennial search for self-knowledge and to discover the deeper meaning of our lives.

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In Murphy’s Kingdom

Since the 1960s, the Esalen Institute has been at the forefront of the human potential movement. Now cofounder Michael Murphy, an ardent golfer and former frat boy, is reaching a new generation with his books on spirituality.

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How to Have an Extraordinary Life

An interview with Michael Murphy, on his new book ‘The Future of the Body.’ On evolution of the body, what he means by human attributes, and how we begin to recognize the extraordinary.

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At Home With: Michael Murphy; Divine Reinvention

One of the first things that Michael Murphy did after he bought his Victorian house in San Rafael in Marin County, Calif., seven years ago, was to destroy the hot tub in the garden.

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The Esalen Institute and the Human Potential Movement Turn 50

In 1962, on a stunning stretch of land bordering the Pacific Ocean in Big Sur, California, two Stanford graduates named Michael Murphy and Dick Price founded a small retreat and workshop center called The Esalen Institute, otherwise known simply as Esalen.

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Michael Murphy: Esalen, a Portal of Possibility and Evolving Potential

Michael Murphy, co-founder of Esalen Institute in California, joins Barnet and Freeman for a wonderful conversation about the extra-ordinary.

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Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics

More than ever, people are in pursuit of greater fulfillment in their lives, seeking a deeper spiritual truth and strategies for liberation from suffering. Both Buddhism and psychedelics are subjects that one encounters in such spiritual pursuit.

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Esalen Co-Founder Looks to Future

I had the great pleasure of meeting with Michael Murphy co-founder of Esalen Institute during the campus renewal dedication in Big Sur, California. Since its inception Esalen has evolved organically and remained true to its mission centered on the human potential movement.

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The Forum with Michael Murphy: Esalen and Talking About What's Not Being Talked About: 2/9, 2020

The co-founder of Esalen on going where others cannot or will not go in exploring human potential.

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In the Zone: Transcendent Experience in Sports

The authors of Golf in the Kingdom draw striking parallels between the remarkable and mystical events that sometimes occur during sports activites and the traditions of mystics and yogis, exploring how the religious heritages of both East and West provide a basis for understanding spiritual...

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