The Pathology of Religious Exclusivity
Rob Schmidt, Ph.D. and Stuart Goodnick, Tayu Meditation Teachers
Original date: Thursday, March 8, 7:30 pm


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"Our way is the best way, the only fully legitimate path to full human attainment and beyond." Such claims, both explicit and implicit, lie at the heart of most religious and spiritual traditions. But the heritage of toleration for mutually competing claims for exclusive religious legitimacy has begun to unravel in the present era. While the personal and political dangers of this development can be dire, is this only a loss? What can we gain by undermining a habit of thinking that fuels mechanical animosity and self-congratulation? Join us for a frank examination of some questionable habits of thought and emotion in the realm of religious and spiritual endeavor.

Rob Schmidt, Ph.D., has been spiritual director of Tayu Meditation Center (owner of Many Rivers) since the death of founder Robert Daniel Ennis in 1998. He received a Ph.D. in anthropology from UC Berkeley in 2001.

Stuart Goodnick has studied Tayu meditation since 1985, and has taught since 1993. Stuart is vice-president in a software startup, and plays the shakuhachi, the Japanese bamboo flute, and was one of co-founders of Many Rivers.

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