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Desmond Tutu No. 5 in top 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People

By: stagedoorscribbler - February 25, 2019

Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Photo by Hattie Miles

We are delighted to hear that Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has been ranked fifth in the Watkins’ 2019 list of the 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People.

This annual list has been published each year since 2011 and celebrates spiritual teachers, activists, authors and thinkers that change the world.

It is both fitting and an honour to find the great Desmond Tutu, a lifelong peace campaigner, legendary anti-Apartheid activist and champion of social justice, in the upper reaches of the list.

He is in good company. Aldo in the top five are Pope Francis, Tutu’s old  friend and fellow Nobel Peace Laureate, the Dalai Lama; Oprah Winfrey, who as been named the greatest black philanthropist in American history, and author and spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle.

There’s a  special magazine issue featuring  16 pages dedicated to interesting details, bios, photos and highlights about each person on the list. 

The list comes out in print in the Spring issue, #57 of Watkins Mind Body Spirit magazine on February 29 (you can get a copy of this issue here.

2019 Spiritual 100 list at a glance:

1 Pope Francis

2 Oprah Winfrey

3 Dalai Lama

4 Eckhart Tolle

5 Desmond Tutu

6 Rhonda Byrne 

7 Edith Eger

8 Alejandro Jodorowsky 

9 Neale Donald Walsch

10 Julia Cameron

11 David Lynch

12 Russell Brand

13 Sam Harris

14 Ken Wilber

15 Tony Robbins

16 Thich Nhat Hanh

17 Paulo Coehlo

18 Deepak Chopra

19 Teal Swan

20 Steve Taylor

21 Sadhguru (Jaggi Vasudev)

22 Gabor Maté 

23 Arianna Huffington

24 Alice Walker

25 Matthew Fox

26 Fethullah Gülen

27 Brian Weiss

28 Brené Brown

29 Iyanla Vanzant

30 Bob Dylan 

31 Elizabeth Gilbert

32 Gabrielle Bernstein

33 Byron Katie

34 Marianne Williamson

35 Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

36 Ruby Wax

37 Mooji

38 Ram Dass

39 Esther Hicks

40 Amma

41 Francis Chan

42 Robin Sharma

43 Don Miguel Ruiz

44 Jon Kabat-Zinn

45 James Lovelock

46 Erich von Däniken

47 Clarissa Pinkola Estés

48 Vandana Shiva

49 Rupert Sheldrake

50 Michael Bernard Beckwith

51 Rob Bell

52 Graham Hancock

53 Hamza Yusuf

54 Thomas Moore

55 Justin Welby

56 Martin Seligman 

57 Richard Bach

58 Abdullah II of Jordan

59 Rowan Williams

60 Karen Armstrong

61 Alex Grey

62 Robert Thurman

63 Pema Chödrön

64 Ervin Laszlo

65 Prem Rawat

66 Andrew Weil

67 Richard Rohr

68 Daniel Goleman

69 Gary Snyder

70 Jack Canfield

71 Eben Alexander

72 Dan Millman

73 Daisaku Ikeda

74 Andrew Forrest

75 Anita Moorjani

76 Gregg Braden

77 Ajahn Brahm

78 Bruce Lipton

79 Stanislav Grof

80 Zainab Salbi

81 Daniel Pinchbeck

82 Robert Bly

83 Sherin Khankan

84 Jack Kornfield

85 Satish Kumar

86 Caroline Myss

87 Adyashanti

88 Starhawk

89 David Frawley

90 Elaine Pagels

91 Richard Rudd

92 Daniel J. Siegel

93 Tara Brach

94 Elizabeth Lesser

95 Lee Carroll

96 David Deida

97 James Redfield

98 Lorna Byrne

99 Vadim Zeland

100 Sharon Salzberg