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Who is Mark Edwards?

www.zgwa.org.au


Mark Edwards has been an advocate for developing communities through the inclusion of people with disabilities for more than 20 years and he is currently co-ordinator of disability services at the University of Western Australia. He is also doing a PhD on Integral approaches to organisational transformation through the Integral Leadership Centre, Graduate School of Management, UWA.

Mark has been a passionate and dedicated student of contemplative paths since his teenage years when he first came across the writings of Ramana Maharshi. It was Bede Griffith who first recommended Ken Wilber‘s books to him in 1982. Mark has been an enthusiastic and constructive critic of Wilber‘s ideas and of integral approaches in general ever since. In the early 1990‘s he completed a Masters degree in developmental psychology focussing on the application of postformal reasoning in everyday life and on the developmental psychology of Lev Vygotsky. Working as a cultural change agent within large organisations has inspired Mark to develop and apply integrative approaches to personal and collective change. This grounded context for the critical application of integral ideas continues to stimulate his writing and work.

He has published several articles on integral theory dealing with topics as diverse as cultural development, the grieving process, disability services, organisational development and spirituality, holon theory, and globalisation.

Mark has been a “music tragic” since birth. He says that, “music is a truly Kosmic language since it speaks directly to the body, heart, head and spirit of every person and every community”. He is an inveterate guitar strummer and amateur song writer and this is his first CD with his band “Myriad Things”. The CD is a charity fundraiser the Zen Group of Western Australia (Diamond Sangha) with all proceeds going to the sangha's building fund.

If you are interested in ordering a CD and support the Dharma in Western Australia contact Mark at:

mgedwards@graduate.uwa.edu.au

Acknowledgement: The photos in "Song of Zazen" are of Antelope Canyon and were taken by Nick Melidonis (see http://www.nickmelidonis.com) and the video by Mete Cakman.

Mark has appeared on Integral Naked:

Parallel Theories of an AQAL Approach to Relationality. Part 3. What Does it Mean to Transform a Social Holon?4/17/2006
Parallel Theories of an AQAL Approach to Relationality. Part 2. Altitude, Perspectives, and Integral Math.4/10/2006
Parallel Theories of an AQAL Approach to Relationality. Part 1. Quadrants and Quadrivia.4/3/2006
Song of Zazen6/20/2005

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