Michael Murphy is the chairman of Esalen Institute , which he cofounded with Richard Price in 1962. He is also known for helping to spark, along with George Leonard, what has come to be known as the human potential movement. During his over forty-year involvement in the human potential movement, his work has been profiled in The New Yorker and featured in many magazines and journals worldwide. After graduating from Stanford University in the mid-fifties, he studied at Sri Aurobindo Ashram in South India, where he developed the spiritual and philosophical foundations that led to the founding of Esalen and guided the rest of his career. In the 1980s, he helped organize Esalen’s pioneering Soviet-American Exchange Program, which became a premiere vehicle for citizen-to-citizen relations between Russians and Americans. In 1989, Boris Yeltsin's first visit to America was initiated by Esalen. Murphy is author of many nonfiction books that explore evidence for extraordinary human capacities, including The Future of the Body, The Life We Are Given (with George Leonard), In the Zone: Transcendent Experience in Sports (with Rhea White), The Physical and Psychological Effects of Meditation (with Steven Donovan), God and the Evolving Universe (with James Redfield and Sylvia Timbers). He has also written four novels: Golf in the Kingdom, The Kingdom of Shivas Irons, Jacob Atabet, and An End to Ordinary History.