Bruce Berlin – Merging the Political and the Spiritual in Today’s World

Bruce Berlin is a retired, public sector, ethics attorney and a social change organizer. He spent a month practicing Tibetan Buddhism in Kopan Monastery, a Buddhist monastery outside of Katmandu, Nepal, in 1973. He’s studied and practiced Buddhist meditation ever since, including Zen and Vipassana. Focusing on the Buddhist principle that “we are all one,” Berlin sees his political work of trying to bring the left and the right together to find common ground as a spiritual practice. In the 1980s, he founded and directed The Trinity Forum for International Security and Conflict Resolution for that purpose. He’s the author of Breaking Big Money’s Grip on America, the founder and former president of New Mexicans for Money Out of Politics and a former U.S. Institute of Peace fellow. He lives in Santa Fe and his website is