The Rev. Scotty McLennan, the dean for religious life at Stanford University, will examine the role of religion in the American West, specifically in California, the state he’s lived in for the last 14 years. He will give his lecture, titled “Religious Pluralism in the Developing American West,” at 2 p.m. today in the Hall of Philosophy.
Vasudha Narayanan believes happiness is multidimensional. It can connect with joy or comfort. It can derive from wealth or power. It can grow from self-esteem or an acceptance of one’s place in reality.
Narayanan’s 2 p.m. Interfaith Lecture today in the Hall of Philosophy will discuss various Hindu perspectives on reaching a balance between the various paths to happiness.
At Thursday’s Interfaith Lecture, three scholars representing the Eastern religions of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism gave their responses to the film “Journey of the Universe.” The film sought to integrate modern science with the wisdom traditions of the world to inspire people to have a new and sustainable relationship with the earth.
The three scholars were David Haberman, representing Hinduism; Christopher Ives, Buddhism; and Christopher Chapple, Jainism.
Some Buddhists use the metaphor that all life forms are like waves in the ocean; they aren’t separate, but rather distinct parts of a whole.
“That might be a beautiful 10-foot wave in Hawaii or a little dinky wave on Cape Cod,” said Christopher Ives, professor and chair of religious studies at Stonehill College.