Watkins’ Spiritual 100 List for 2015

Friday 13th, February 2015 / 18:00
Updated: The Spiritual 100 List in 2016

100 List in 2015: #1-20| #21-40 |  #41-60 #61-80

The 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People in 2015

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Watkins Mind Body Spirit Issue 40, Spring 2015

It’s February again and that means it’s time for Watkins’ Spiritual 100 list. The Spring issue of Watkins Mind Body Spirit magazine has just come out in the UK and will soon be available worldwide (including Barnes and Noble and Whole Foods stores in the USA and Canada, Easons in Ireland, and WH Smiths in the UK). You can also get a copy of the current issue  or take out a subscription directly from Watkins Books.

We are delighted to share with you our 2015 list of the 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People. This list is meant to serve as a positive guide to some of the leading modern teachers that are alive today, and we hope that you are as inspired as we are by their impact.
There are plenty of newcomers on this year’s list including the youngest ever Nobel Prize recipient, seventeen year old Malala Yousafzai who received the Nobel Peace Prize in October 2014 for her struggle against the suppression of children – especially young girls – and their right to education.

There are several factors that were taken into account when compiling the list. The main three criteria are:
1) The person has to be alive as of January 1st, 2015
2) The person has to have made a unique and spiritual contribution on a global scale
3) The person is frequently googled, appears in Nielsen Data, has a Wikipedia page, and is actively talked about throughout the Internet

By taking into account the amount of times that a person is googled or how many times their Wikipedia profile is viewed, the list gains a highly democratic and transparent parameter. Additionally, we were highly selective in creating this list and did our best to remove candidates who spread messages that were hateful or
intolerant. Ultimately, this list is meant to celebrate the positive influence of today’s spiritual teachers.

Watkins’ Mind Body Spirit magazine publishes the 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People list on an annual basis and we welcome your suggestions in the comments below or at: editor(dot)watkins@gmail.com

Ultimately, this list is meant to celebrate the positive influence of contemporary spiritual teachers.

2015 Watkins Spiritual 100 List at a Glance

1. Dalai Lama 35. Gary Snyder 68. Marshall Rosenberg
2. Pope Francis 36. Andrew Weil 69. Richard Rohr
3. Eckhart Tolle 37. Neale Donald Walsch 70. Satish Kumar
4. Thich Nhat Hanh 38. Pema Chödrön 71. James van Praagh
5. Desmond Tutu 39. James Lovelock 72. David Steindl-Rast
6. Deepak Chopra 40. Doreen Virtue 73. Gangaji
7. Paulo Coelho 41. Don Miguel Ruiz 74. David Deida
8. Oprah Winfrey 42. Gregg Braden 75. Erich von Däniken
9. Ram Dass 43. Dan Millman 76. Malala Yousafzai
10. Alice Walker 44. Brian Weiss 77. Barbara Marx Hubbard
11. Rhonda Byrne 45. Starhawk 78. Jeff Foster
12. Arianna Huffington 46. Julia Cameron 79. Khwaja Shamsuddin Azeemi
13. Jon Kabat-Zinn 47. Jack Canfield 80. Mother Meera
14. Matthew Fox 48. Richard Saul Wurman 81. Judy Hall
15. Alejandro Jodorowsky 49. Daisaku Ikeda 82. Lynne McTaggart
16. Louise L Hay 50. Robert Thurman 83. Seyyed Hossein Nasr
17. Jaggi Vasudev 51. Richard Bandler 84. Claudio Naranjo
18. Rupert Sheldrake 52. Robert Bly 85. Mark Epstein
19. Dr Wayne W Dyer 53. Bruce Lipton 86. Thomas Keating
20. Byron Katie 54. Stanislav Grof 87. Anita Moorjani
21. Elizabeth Gilbert 55. Mooji 88. Daniel Pinchbeck
22. Karen Armstrong 56. Ajahn Brahm 89. Rob Bell
23. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar 57. Mantak Chia 90. Vladimir Megre
24. Esther Hicks 58. Russell Brand 91. Jonathan Goldman
25. Richard Bach 59. James Redfield 92. Shakti Gawain
26. Ken Wilber 60. Caroline Myss 93. Larry Harvey
27. Marianne Williamson 61. Michael Bernard Beckwith 94. Jamaliya Syed Khaleel Awn Moulana
28. Thomas Moore 62. Steve Taylor 95. Peter Russell
29. Amma 63. Tony Robbins 96. Robin Sharma
30. Graham Hancock 64. Huston Smith 97. Mario Reading
31. Alex Grey 65. Adyashanti 98. Andrew Harvey
32. Iyanla Vanzant 66. Jack Kornfield 99. Eben Alexander
33. Prem Rawat 67. Lee Carroll 100. Sharon Kleinbaum
34. Francis Chan

 

100 List in 2015: #1-20| #21-40 | #41-60 #61-80

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