Ms. Dantes  1929 – 2018

We are saddened to announce that Ms. Dantes has passed away at the age of 88 at 4:30 am on Saturday, April 21, 2018.

Countless people were touched by her unconditional love and the power of her commitment to heart-based compassionate living.

A Celebration of Life was held for her on May 20, 2018 in Santa Barbara, California. Many wonderful things were said about her. We have assembled the remarks from several speakers as well as the announcement of her passing (obituary) and comments from emails of friends who could not attend. You may see everything here.


To inspire independent thinkers, especially the religiously unaffiliated, to find their own deepest meaning and purpose, connect with others, and contribute to a better world.

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Announcement of Ms. Dantes' Passing - 4/21/18

Dear Friends, We are saddened to announce that Ms. Dantes has passed away at the age of 88. The last couple years of her life were marked by worsening congestive heart failure and impaired breathing that increasingly robbed her of strength and energy. Her heart finally gave up at 4:30 am on Saturday, April 21,…

Philip Gill Opening Remarks
(Ms. Dantes' Celebration of Life - 5/20/18)

My name is Philip Gill, many of you here know me. I was Ms. Dantes student and assistant for a little over 30 years. There are a few more things I want to say, but as our dear friend Jeannie Hoffman reminded us, Ms. Dantes began virtually every gathering with meditation. So, in Ms. Dantes'…

Reverend Jeannie Hoffman Remarks
(Ms. Dantes' Celebration of Life - 5/20/18)

My name is Jeannie Hoffman and I have loved Ms. Dantes for a very long time… was the late 80’s and I learned about a weekend contemplative retreat that she was facilitating at La Casa de Maria…..I was recently divorced and searching for my real place in the world. I had never driven to Santa…

Lynne Thurston Remarks
(Ms. Dantes' Celebration of Life - 5/20/18)

Lynne with Ms. Dantes in Early 90's Welcome to all of us who are here today to share our experiences with Ms Dantes. This is an honor for me to share my life experience with Ms Dantes. She has been an important part of my life since I met her in the mid-eighties. I was…

Ann Dobroth Remarks
(Ms. Dantes' Celebration of Life - 5/20/18)

My name is Ann Dobroth. I am a volunteer. Often when I think of or see roses, I remember how Ligia Dantes loved roses. Here is a poem she wrote in her book, The Unmanifest Self. “In honor of your Being I wanted to bring to you the most beautiful thing in the world. For…

Muhsin Abo-Shaeer Remarks
(Ms. Dantes' Celebration of Life - 5/20/18)

My Memory of Ms. Dantes As I go over my memory of the dialogues I had with Ms. Dantes over the years, what stands out is her primary emphasis on inquiry. For inquiry to have value, it must involve wandering freely. In traditional spirituality, teachings are set, thinking is discouraged and the emphasis is on…

Father Peter Gelfer Remarks
(Ms. Dantes' Celebration of Life - 5/20/18)

Remembering Ms. Ligia Dantes Good Morning. I am Peter, a member of the Brothers of St. John of God, an international community serving in 50 countries and here in Southern  California. I didn’t want to use the word “I” in my introduction as Ms. Dantes spoke about herself saying, “this person.” However I remember Ms.…

The 6 Photo Boards
(Ms. Dantes' Celebration of Life - 5/20/18)

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Ms. Dantes' Wisdom Words

True neutrality . . . is a way of being that is enjoyed by the few who dare to not know, who dare to question the nature of humanity’s consciousness, who dare to inquire and remain open to truth rather than to intellectual explanations.

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