Anthony de Mello

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Tony de Mello
Spiritual Teacher
Christianity, Buddhism
Main Countries of Activity: 
India, USA, Spain
Date of Birth: 
Place of Birth: 
Bombay (Mumbai), India
In His/Her Body ("alive"): 
Date Left His/Her Body: 
Other Related Gurus: 
Ajahn Chah


Anthony "Tony" de Mello was a Jesuit priest and psychotherapist who became widely known for his books on spirituality. An internationally acclaimed spiritual guide, writer and public speaker, de Mello hosted many spiritual conferences. He traveled to many countries to study and later to teach, most notably Spain and the United States.

The few talks which he allowed to be filmed, such as "A Rediscovery of Life" and "A Way to God for Today," have inspired many viewers and audiences since being released; and have been viewed by hundreds of thousands of TV watchers throughout the United States, Canada, and Central America; in colleges, universities, Newman centers, and communities.

De Mello established a prayer center in India.

He died suddenly of a heart attack in 1987, at age 56 in New York. His works are readily available and additional writings were published after his death.


The scriptures are always hinting of that, but you’ll never understand a word of what the scriptures are saying until you wake up.

Put this program into action, a thousand times:

1 Identify the negative feelings in you;
2 Understand that they are in you, not in the world, not in external reality;
3 Do not see them as an essential part of “I”; these things come and go;
4 Understand that when you change, everything changes


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One Minute Wisdom

by Anthony De Mello


Bestselling author Anthony de Mello has earned international acclaim for his profound spiritual insights and his unique approach to the inner life. In One Minute Wisdom, he points the way toward new levels of contemplation and contentment, love and harmony, wisdom and enlightenment.

In more than two hundred parables and lessons about living life fully yet simply, de Mello gives examples filled with wisdom that cannot be conveyed in regular direct discourse. Rooted in the spirit of the Gospel and spanning the mystical traditions of East and West, this invigorating volume -- like all the author's previous books -- is intended to enliven our faith and free us from whatever imprisons our mind, body, and soul.

One Minute Wisdom will lead from sense to sensitivity, from mood to meaning, from thought to feeling. And as de Mello writes, "Wisdom can come without the slightest effort -- in the time it takes to open your eyes."

Wherever your spiritual belief may lie -- or even if you have no beliefs at all -- you will find in these pages needed and helpful direction on continuing the process of self-discovering and on finding the satisfying riches that lie deep within you.

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Inspired stories of enlightment and wisdom

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Anthony de Mello introduced and encouraged that beside this boring earth there is a real beauty earth. Many wisdom stories across many tradition: Jews, Zen Buddhism, Christian, Hinduism..