The list for the Watkin’s 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People has just been released, and it includes a range of people from different walks of life—religious leaders, writers, and filmmakers to name a few. The 100 was chosen from a 600 candidates, all of whom in one way or another have used their authority or capital to improve people’s spiritual lives. Meditation is a cornerstone of spiritual development, and what’s notable in this year’s list is that it played a crucial role in spiritually influencing people.
Meditation–A Core Teaching of the 100 Spiritual Leaders
The factors that are taken into account when selecting the list of 100 are the following:
1) The person has to be alive
2) The person has to have made a unique and spiritual contribution on a global scale
3) The person is frequently googled, and is actively talked about on the internet; for writers, the book sales via Nielsen Data are also considered. (Read more here)
By taking into account the Google searches for a person, the influence of that person in a social scale is measured in a way. People who also spread messages that were hateful were taken off the list.
The list for the year celebrates diversity, with the youngest influential person at 32 (Jeff Foster), and the older at 105 (Kyozan Joshu). Unsurprisingly enough, topping the list is the Dalai Lama, a vocal activist of Tibet who has invaluable contribution to spirituality. He is followed by Vietnamese Thich Nhat Hanh, who has done his best to reconcile North and South Vietnam, and was nominated for a Nobel Peace Price back in 1967.Who is your spiritual leader?