The Rubin

In this short clip, Tippett and Lesser address the concept of Wisdom. Krista Tippett, host of NPR’s “On Being,” and author Elizabeth Lesser address the nature of giving, forgiveness, and the implications of following the poet Rumi’s invitation: “Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing there is a field. I’ll meet you there.”

About the Speakers

Krista Tippett is a Peabody Award–winning broadcaster and New York Times best-selling author. In 2014 she received the National Humanities Medal at the White House for “thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence.” Her public radio program On Being opens up the animating questions at the center of human life: What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live? In 2007 Tippett published her first book, Speaking of Faith. In 2010 she published Einstein’s God, drawn from her interviews at the intersection of science, medicine, and spiritual inquiry. Her new, bestselling book Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living looks at the questions and challenges of this century.

Elizabeth Lesser is a bestselling author and the cofounder of Omega Institute, the renowned conference and retreat center located in Rhinebeck, New York. Lesser’s first book, The Seeker’s Guide, chronicles her years at Omega and distills lessons learned into a potent guide for growth and healing. Her New York Times bestselling book Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow (Random House) has sold more than 300,000 copies and has been translated into 20 languages. Her latest book, Marrow: A Love Story (HarperCollins), is a memoir about Lesser and her younger sister, Maggie, and the process they went through when Elizabeth was the donor for Maggie’s bone marrow transplant.


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