Belief and Evidence in Spiritual Practice
Rob Schmidt, Ph.D. and Stuart Goodnick, Tayu Meditation Teachers
Original date: Thursday, May 10, 7:30 pm

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There exists a pervasive notion that belief and faith should be immune to confirmation or contradiction by facts. Yet in every other area of human endeavor, evidence—what the universe tells us—is the touchstone by which we judge a practice or a proposition. Why this double-standard for the religious and spiritual realm, and what are its consequences? In this talk we will consider how sidelining evidence sidelines genuine spiritual inquiry, because spiritual practice consists of opening the mind, heart and body to messages from all that is, not in insulating ourselves from this information.

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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