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Learning Objectives, Workshop 7: Introduction to Eastern Religions

In "Building Bridges," a Tapestry of Faith program

Participants will:

  • Understand how different societies embrace different religions to meet the same basic needs, by exploring five Eastern religions born between 500-600 BCE
  • Become familiar with fundamental aspects of Zoroastrianism, Jainism, and Confucianism, including some common qualities of these faiths
  • Explore the Buddhist and Jain concept of ahimsa, nonviolence, as an Eastern faith wisdom embraced by many Unitarian Universalists
  • Discover universal wisdom in sayings of Confucius, and learn how Confucianism has been trivialized in Western cultures
  • Connect Eastern faith perspectives with our seventh Unitarian Universalist Principle, respect for the interconnectedness of living beings, through the allegorical story from Hindu and Buddhist traditions, "Indra's Magnificent Jeweled Net."

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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.

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