The Koran reads, "Had We willed, We could have made of you one people, but as it is, it is better this way. So, vie among yourselves in good works." This program will elaborate on this verse, exploring the ways in which "manyness" -- the multiplicity of religions -- enriches the One from which they derive. The human opportunity is to see that religions blend like the voices in a symphony, not clash in cacophony. How can we do this?
Prior to the rise of modern science, people believed in the existence of a world that encompassed and surpassed the everyday world that our physical senses disclosed. The speaker shows why this world is as valid today as it was in the past.
"Huston Smith proposes the idea of a Universal Grammar of Religion and claims fourteen points of substantial identity among all the great religious traditions. Includes Henry Rosemont's response and final reflection, and a conversation between the two"--Provided by publisher.
Richard Alpert, after being expelled from Harvard in 1963 for experimenting with LSD, morphed into Ram Dass, a serious and much loved spiritual leader, author and lecturer. This film visits Ram Dass in 2001 as he remakes his life since suffering a stroke five years ago. Balances fascinating, often hilarious footage from the hippie era with contemporary material and interviews with Ram Dass and his associates.
A series of interviews with Dr. Huston Smith and mystics from the Buddhist, Hindu, Advaita, and Taoist traditions. The mystics address profound questions about the meaning of life and love, Ultimate Reality, the path to spiritual awakening, and the way to true peace in our own lives and around the world. They encourage viewers to look beyond their apparent differences, realize the truth that unites all, and manifest the truth in their daily lives....
Huston Smith explains how the intertwining of opposites is key to understanding the great religions of China--Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism. He shows that Eastern religions provide "an emphasis on direct experience and a method for attaining that."