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Dark Retreats

Dark Retreats

“Dark retreat” (muntsam) — a form of solitary retreat that usually takes place in a cabin or cave and may last up to a few years — is known to a number of different schools of Tibetan Buddhism and Bon. Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, the only Bon teacher resident in the United States, discusses sensory deprivation [...]

Posted: Jan 12th, 2008 | Comments: 2
How the Zohar Reimagines God

How the Zohar Reimagines God

Madonna may have popularized Kabbalah in the twenty-first century, but the study of this mystical spiritual wisdom has been ongoing for centuries. Beyond the red string and celebrity appeal, what is the significance of Kabbalah for us today? Join Dr. Daniel C. Matt, an award-winning scholar of Kabbalah and the Zohar, the principal text of [...]

Posted: Nov 19th, 2007 | Comments: 0
Conversations on God and Religion

Conversations on God and Religion

Antonio Monda, who teaches film at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, is the author of DO YOU BELIEVE: CONVERSATIONS ON GOD AND RELIGION, a new book of conversations with well-known writers and thinkers about God and faith. He assembled four of them for a discussion at the Great Hall at Cooper Union — fiction [...]

Posted: Nov 19th, 2007 | Comments: 0
Hidden Voices: The Lives of LGBT Muslims

Hidden Voices: The Lives of LGBT Muslims

Faisal Alam is the Founder and Director of Al-Fatiha Foundation, an international organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Muslims. He joined Columbia students to learn about, discuss, and support these individuals, as well as to offer social criticism. The forum was held at the Middle East Institute of Columbia, and was co-sponsored by MEALAC, [...]

Posted: Oct 17th, 2007 | Comments: 0
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