Listening Project

This is an initiative launched in the Melbourne Parliament and intended to reach deeply out into the interreligious world over the next five years. Listening is the key to world peace, friendship, understanding.

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Art of Listening

Started by Ron Krumpos. Last reply by Kay Lindahl Mar 8, 2010. 5 Replies

While student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I became friends with Carl Rogers, who was respected as one of the leading psychotherapists of his time. He taught me much about the art of…Continue

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Comment by Mataji Gauribrata, Rev Eva on January 5, 2012 at 12:28pm
According to the UN, over 50 million girls in India are missing: having been aborted, killed, or neglected to death simply because they are female. In some regions, no baby girl has survived in years. Help us make a difference.
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Comment by Nugroho Angkasa on November 4, 2011 at 4:53am

Anand Krishna, Humanist, Spiritual Activist, and Author of more than 140 Books CELEBRATING PLURALISM has been victimized, persecuted for HIS BELIEF IN THE ONENESS OF MANKIND. Please ACT NOW if you share the same vision of "ONE EARTH, ONE SKY, and ONE HUMANKIND."

SUPPORT NOW at if you believe in PEACE, LOVE and HARMONY.


Help OUR SHARED vision and cause by signing this petition NOW and broadcasting it among your friends immediately. We have to submit this petition at the same time when he is reading his testimony on the 7th of November.


Thank you so much dear friends...

Comment by Nugroho Angkasa on April 16, 2011 at 7:43am

This note was written by Gerard Barrie on the 36th day of Anand Krishna's hunger strike. Today is the 39th day, his life is in danger in every walking hours. SOS Urgently need a quick respond to press Indonesian Goverement. Thanks


Sign the petition and also pass it on: Today, Wednesday April 13rd, 2011 is the thirty sixth day of Anand Krishna's hunger strike and he is very close to death in an Indonesian Police Hospital as it seems he is being systematically starved to death rather than being offered the chance of a fair trial.

Sign the petition at -Free Anand Krishna - do not silence his voice of nationality, harmony mission, and his principal of unity in diversity


This is a totally bizarre case possibly involving false memory syndrome and what appears to be denying the accused anything remotely resembling a fair trial to such a degree that that he had no choice but to go on hunger strike from March 9th,2011 in a non-violent struggle for a just trial for him and justice for others in his home country of Indonesia.
Today, Wednesday April 13rd, 2011 is the thirty sixth day of Anand Krishna's hunger strike and he is very close to death in an Indonesian Police Hospital as it seems he is being systematically starved to death rather than being offered the chance of a fair trial.

He has lost 25 kg weight can hardly open his eyes or speak some words.


Although it appears quite obvious that there is something more sinister involved in this process other than an accusation of sexual harassment using as evidence what could well be false memory syndrome, I am contacting you in the hope that you can shed some light on the situation in order for Anand Krishna to get the fair trial that every human being deserves.


I must also point out that the Indonesian judicial system has a notorious reputation for corruption, so much so that in 2002 the UN inspector described it as one of the worst cases he had seen.


Anand Krishna has been detained in prison from March 9th 2011 after he had been attending court since August over an accusation of sexual harassment from one of his former students,a nineteen year old woman who had this realization after undergoing hypnotherapy.


Dewi Pratomo  admitted in the media that she had been practicing hypnotherapy for twenty years although the Hypnosis Motivation Institute (HMI) said that she had just completed her distance learning education in February 2009. (email of the Director of Distance Education HMI, Elaine Perliss C.Ht. at dated Dec 15, 2010).

Another Hypnotherapist Wowiek Prasantyo Mardigu also claimed in the court that he had undertaken a 9 months long training with the Hypnotherapy Training Institute (HTI), but the director of the institution denied his claim (an Email from the director of the HTI -


Randal Churchill at dated on Dec 21, 2010 confirmed that this was not true).
In court, Mardigu, also said that he would do anything according to the order of the clients who had paid  him. 
Dewi Pratomo also claimed in the media that after isolating the accuser from the outside world for four  months and conducting forty five sessions of hypnotherapies, she had successfully recovered repressed memories of the accuser and there was sexual abuse.


However, according to many hypnotherapy experts, forty five sessions of hypnotherapy within four months was not only UNETHICAL, but also could lead to implanting false memories. ( no programe in AAF was designed or offered that isolated a person from the outside world)


Therefore on March 9th,2011 on this evidence and the evidence of the accuser, Anand Krishna was ordered to be detained despite his serious health condition and full cooperation in attending court proceedings since August and remains in detention on hunger strike today even though the trial has been going on close to eight months with no evidence and no substantial witness


His lawyer Darwin Aritonang SH has pointed out that this detention clearly violates the law and the human rights figure and lawyer Adnand Buyong Nasution has also expressed his doubts over this procedure saying "I have been practicing my occupation in the field of law for 50 years.This is the first time I saw something like this. There is a judge who already pronounced a defendant guilty before he delivers the official verdict of court."

Dewi Pratomo, Tara’s personal theraphist, was also allowed by court to become expert witness in the trial,thereby denying any chances of objectivety and conflict of interest.

Right now, the case is only relying on the expert witness, the two hypnotheraphists whose educational and proffessional credentials are in serious doubt and the prosecuting lawyer also Criminal Lawyer, Dr Satrio from Indonesian University, who is a known supporter of the Islamic Defender Front FPI.


The Islamic Defender Front (FPI) the notoriously violent and extreme Islamic Group also attended Anand Krishna's trial on Sept 16th, 2011 although they have never been known to attend such a trial before. (for more info on this group see http://en Defenders Front) 


Through his actions, Anand Krishna has been an advocate of peace and understanding among the people's of his country Indonesia and it seems that these unfortunate events have come about at a time when it appears that a small but very powerful section of the religious community is striving for the implementation of religious-based law in Indonesia despite the heterogeneous nature of it's population. .

He has spoken to millions through television shows,radio talks,in-house trainings,books,newspaper interviews and articles,as well as daily meetings and workshops held at Anand Ashram (affiliated with the United Nations),One Earth Retreat Center, Anand Krishna Center and Graha Indonesia which he established.

Therefore only the most callous of people would not agree that Anand Krishna should be released from detention to avoid being systematically starved to death and allowed to face a fair trial.

Comment by Richard C Brown on August 18, 2010 at 5:55am
I just got here and now we are closing?????I will just keep listening!!!!!!!!!!!!
Comment by Louise Macdonald on August 18, 2010 at 5:51am
I also am sorry to hear that this group is closing. I had hoped that the listening could happen oon this site as the phone calls are not possible for me from Australia. But if things were not meant to be..
Comment by Richard C Brown on June 13, 2010 at 9:05pm
I am listening.
Comment by Eileen Epperson on February 26, 2010 at 11:02am

Our conference call on Sunday night was intimate and deep. We really got down to earth. We talked about places in our personal lives and in the political arena where listening has been really there, and where it hasn’t. We imagined actual scenarios that could change if people were present to each other.

How do you hear someone whose point of view is totally different and inimical to yours? Do you have to, in some way, allow and experience that point of view yourself, to hear the other person?

Listen to the recording this way:

Playback Number: (712) 432-1281
Access Code: 984279#


We will be back to the Second Sunday on March 14, 7 – 8 p.m. Eastern Time.
Comment by Eileen Epperson on February 18, 2010 at 10:45pm
Greetings All,
What has been happening with you and the way you are listening and being listened to these days? Let’s talk! *

Our next phone connection will be this Sunday, February 21, the Third Sunday call for this particular month.

7 – 8 p.m. Eastern;
6 – 7 p.m. Central;
5 – 6 p.m. Mountain;
4 – 5 p.m. Pacific.

Please call in 2 minutes ahead of the hour ~

U.S. Dial-in Number: 712-432-1600
International Dial-in Numbers
Austria: 0820 4000 1552
Belgium: 070 35 9974
France: 0826 100 256
Germany: 01805 00 76 09
Ireland: 0818 270 021
Italy: 848 390 156
Netherlands: 0870 001 920
Spain: 902 886025
Switzerland: 0848 560 179
UK: 44 (0) 844 581 9102).

We will be back to the Second Sunday on March 14, 7 – 8 p.m. Eastern Time.

*The Listening Project The purpose of this project was to create a body of people who would be listening for the interconnectedness of life at the Parliament of the World’s Religions last December 2009. We were committed to providing a kind of listening that invited others to discover who they are and to say what has been unsaid and even previously ‘unsayable.’ We were at the Parliament listening for relatedness and partnership. We listened more than we spoke and when we spoke, more space and trust were uncovered. We did not go with an agenda because we trusted that what was best would unfold naturally in the moment inside the space of deep listening. We accomplished our mission and continue to cultivate an environment of deep listening in our lives. Listening is the heart of true, loving communication and true, loving communication can solve any problem and mend any heart.
Comment by Louise Macdonald on February 9, 2010 at 11:01pm
Last week we had 7 young Americans staying with us who are doing a 'world race' (11 countries in 11 months and in each they offer service). In Australia they had organised to spend their time in a remote indigenous community and we were asked to help prepare and get them there. It was a fascinating few days as we watched them struggling with information overload. Their humility and eagerness to learn were so impressive but it was a lesson for us that as speakers we do have a responsibility to create a space where listening can be maximised - overload is not conducive to that! But we felt responsible knowing that they were going into a community with very little support and a huge cultural divide and just praying that both the locals and the visitors would come out of it unscathed!
Comment by david muya on February 8, 2010 at 1:16pm
i am listening first, .....

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