Zvi Ish-Shalom

Zvi Ish-Shalom

zishshalom@naropa.edu | 303-245-4656

Associate Professor
Core Faculty


BA in Religious Studies
Contemplative Religions
Indo-Tibetan Buddhism
Master of Divinity


PhD, Brandeis University
MA, Brandeis University
BA, McGill University
Rabbinical Ordination
Certified Rolfer™

From the heart

One thing I love about Naropa is that our faculty and students are on the journey of discovery together, which creates a potent crucible for personal transformation. We are not primarily interested in accumulating conventional data; rather, we are curious about what is fundamentally real. This makes for a sacred community of explorers, challenging each other to go beyond the limits of familiar experience. 


"Professor of the Year", 2013

Recent publications

  • Z. Ish-Shalom, Radical Death: The Paradoxical Unity of Body, Soul and Cosmos in Lurianic Kabbalah (PhD Dissertation: Brandeis University, 2013)
  • Z. Ish-Shalom, John V. Davis and Theodore Usatynski, "The Diamond Approach", in The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Transpersonal Psychology (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013)
  • Z. Ish-Shalom, “Not-Knowing and True Knowledge – The Essence of Purim”, Spectrum: A Journal of Renewal Spirituality, Vol. 2, No. 1, Winter-Spring, 2006.

Creative activity

Founder and Guiding Teacher of The Kedumah Institute (www.kedumah.org), a contemporary spiritual school and training program.

Courses taught

  • Foundations of Judaism
  • Classical Jewish Mysticism
  • Contemplative Judaism
  • Hasidism
  • Religion and Mystical Experience
  • Non-Dualism in Theory and Practice
  • Theory and Method in the Study of Religion