Rabbi Rami Shapiro is one of the facilitators of the Mystic Heart Wisdom School, a powerful year-long course offered at Seton Cove. If you’ve never sat under Rabbi Rami’s teaching and leadership, you don’t want to miss an opportunity to do so. We’re honored to have his wisdom on our teaching staff and look forward to the insights we’ll learn from him this year. Will you join us?
Meet Rabbi Rami
Rabbi Rami grew up in a modern Orthodox Jewish home in Springfield, Massachusetts. He loved his heritage, family history, and religious practices that surrounded his childhood, but he became intrigued with Zen Buddhism at the age of 16. His passion for Buddhism only grew stronger when he started college as a philosophy major at the University of Massachusetts. After studying abroad at the University of Tel Aviv, he studied both Jewish philosophy and Chabad Hasidism. This led him to enroll at Smith College upon returning to the states with a major in Buddhist Studies. An avid learner, Shapiro moved to Ontario, Canada to attend McMaster University and earn his masters in Religious Studies with a concentration in contemporary Jewish Philosophy. Then, in 1976 Shapiro entered the Hebrew Union College—Jewish Institute of Religion, learning from knowledgeable and passionate rabbis in Jerusalem. After that year, he had an increased desire to merge his passion for Judaism and Zen Buddhism, Taoism, and Advaita Vedanta. His rabbinic studies were completed in 1981.
Once he completed his rabbinic studies, Shapiro created Temple Beth Or in Miami, Florida. Shapiro taught his congregation for 20 years using new forms of Jewish liturgy and practice. And in 1985, he graduated with a Ph.D. in Contemporary Jewish Studies from Union Graduate School. His work at the temple marrying his understanding of Judaism, Buddhism, and Hinduism was the inspiration for his dissertation. Then, in 1984, the Snowmass Group was established and Shapiro was among the founding members. This group was a gathering of men and women from all religions. It was during his time as a member of this group that he met Swami Atmarupananda and began 10 years studying Hinduism under his new teacher. Shapiro now lectures on the parallels between Hinduism and Judaism in India and across the United
In 2016, Rabbi Rami created the One River Foundation, an organization dedicated to the study of Perennial Wisdom—the foundation of the mystic heart that is found in all religions. He is the author of more than two dozen books including his most recent titles, Holy Rascals and the Tao of Solomon: Unlocking the Perennial Wisdom of
Rabbi Rami and Seton Cove
Rabbi Rami’s dedication to religious study and his wisdom about Perennial Wisdom makes him a sought-after teacher and we are grateful for his partnership at Seton Cove. He is a key facilitator at The Mystic Heart Wisdom School. This is a year-long spiritual formation program that will leave you with a greater understanding of Wisdom Tradition, or Perennial Wisdom. Seton Cove is dedicated to nourishing the spiritual growth of all faiths, a passion we share with Rabbi Rami. Through holistic programming, we will study ancient texts and participate in spiritual practices that help us understand that the core thought is the same in all religions. The Mystic Heart Wisdom School meets four times a year in a retreat format to discuss the following themes: The Perennial Tradition and the Mystic Heart, Source and Presence: The Divine I Am, The Trinity: Entering the General Dance, and Carrying on the Work of
If you’re interested in learning from Rabbi Rami and want to participate in this year’s Mystic Heart Wisdom School, visit our website for more details. Our first session will begin on November 1, 2019, and registration has already begun. Be sure to reserve your spot today as you take the next step in your spiritual journey.