Sherry Ruth Anderson
Sherry Ruth Anderson, Ph. D. is the co-author of the The Feminine Face of God: The Unfolding of the Sacred in Women and The Cultural Creatives: How 50 Million People are Changing the World. In Canada, she chaired the Department of Psychological Research at the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry and was Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto Medical School. Her research from that period appears in over a dozen publications including her book with J.R. Martin, Crazy Talk: Studies in Schizophrenic Thought Disorder. She served as a senior research consultant to two departments in the National Institute of Mental Health and the Medical Research Council of Canada.
From her Jewish heritage, Sherry learned to love questions. In her thirties, she met the Korean Zen Master Seung Sahn Soen Sa Nim, studied with him and became Head Dharma Teacher at the Ontario Zen Center in Toronto. During this time, she also hosted a daily radio talk show on psychology and consciousness and co-produced (with Paul Ray) a four part documentary series for the CBC titled “Changing Our Minds.”
Over the next ten years she, with her colleague Patricia Hopkins, researched women's spiritual development. Sherry also was a psychologist in private practice. Since 1990, she has studied the Diamond Approach to Spiritual Development with A.H. Almaas and now teaches this path in the US and Europe.
Sherry’s additional focus is on the process of becoming an elder in contemporary society. She is writing a book on elders and what it is to truly ripen. She currents leads inquiry groups for women, for elders, and for writers.