Thursday, September 8, 2011

TAG: Buddhist & Islamic Perspective on the Environment

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Beacon Institute presents respected theologians for second talk in
“Spirituality and the Environment” series
Buddhist and Islamic perspective on Sept. 15 at environmental center
Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, as part of its environmental lecture series, is presenting the second of two panel discussions with respected spiritual leaders to examine the role of spirituality in protecting the environment at the Institute’s Center for Environmental Innovation and Education at Denning’s Point in Beacon, NY. The lively and engaging discussion that began earlier this summer with Christian and Jewish leaders continues with revered Buddhist and Islamic theologians, designed to transcend differences amongst belief systems to find common points of intersection and hope.

The panel discussion will take place on Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 7 pm with Bonnie Myotai Treace, founder and head Sensei of Hermitage Heart and the Bodies of Water Society in Garrison, NY, and Faraz Khan, a Senior Environmentalist with the New Jersey DEP and Muslim Chaplain at Rutgers University. Through the dialogue, they will explore the similarities and differences between the ways Buddhist and Islamic traditions relate to environmental challenges within the context of today's world, as well as how human responsibility to earth itself is understood. Beacon Institute’s John Cronin, an internationally renowned environmentalist and a former Thomas Merton Fellow, will moderate the discussion. Online registration for this free event is encouraged at

―Clearly this is a pivotal time. Life as we know it is genuinely at stake," states Myotai Sensei. "What religious practice brings to the table is the critical capacity for a centered, dignified stance —fully and intelligently engaged while exquisitely and peacefully still."

―The environmental ethics in Islam are based on serving humanity and preserving the resources, whether animate or inanimate,‖ offers Faraz Khan. ―Preserving the environment is a communal obligation based on the Islamic paradigm of living a well-balanced life.‖

Online registration for this event is encouraged. For more information about upcoming Beacon Institute events, visit

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