Most people remember where they were and what they were doing when they first heard the news of the aerial assault on the Twin Towers in New York on September 11, 2001. The ground may not have shifted under our feet at the moment but the very concept of religion underwent a paradigm shift for many. Instead of standing for virtue and piety, and peace and harmony, the word religion was launched on a semantic trajectory which would make it a byword for evil, aggression and terror.
On Sept. 7, His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, will be joined by Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi, author Deepak Chopra, Professors Tariq Ramadan, Robert Thurman, Steven T. Katz, Gregory Baum and Swami Dayananda Saraswati to speak on the theme “Peace Through Religion.”
Peace Through Religion: 2nd Congress on the World’s Religions after September 11: Sept. 7, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Palais des Congrès de Montréal. To register, please call 1-855-790-1245 or visit http://gcwr2011.org/index.htm