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Desmond Tutu comes eight on list of 100 most influential spiritual leaders

By: stagedoorscribbler - March 2, 2020

Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Photograph by Hattie Miles

It is a testament to the enduring power of Archbishop Desmond Tutu's message of peace and shared humanity that, though retired from public life, the 88-year-old still makes it to eighth position on the annual Watkins list of the most spiritually influential people alive today.
Watkins bookshop in London has been encouraging spiritual discovery and providing seekers with esoteric knowledge for over 120 years. Since 2011, it has started published a top 100 list celebrating the world’s leading living spiritual teachers.
It celebrates the spiritual teachers, activists, authors and thinkers that change the world. This year’s list came out in print in the Spring issue, #61 of Watkins Mind Body Spirit magazine on February 29 The special magazine issue features 16 pages dedicated to interesting details, bios, photos and highlights about each person on the list.
Tutu comes eight on the 2020 list with first place goes to his good friend the Dalai Lama and second position to Pope Francis. Climate change activist Greta Thunberg who Tutu has often championed takes third position.