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To See, To Be, To Do: The Landscape of World Religions

This is our 'keystone' lecture.

Like the keystone in a medieval arch, To See, To Be, To Do provides the structural support for our other classes. Also offered on audio cd, this useful map will help you understand different religious families and how they fit together. 


Instead of the usual catalogue of dates and names, this presentation encapsulates over thirty years of study into a remarkably concise model that organizes the religious traditions into three broad families:

  • Middle Eastern Traditions: Baha'i, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Zoroastrianism

  • Indian Traditions: Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism

  • Balance Traditions:  Indigenous Spirituality, Confucianism, Daoism, Shintoism, Wicca


The presentation highlights the underlying assumptions of each family of traditions, and explores their worldviews through primary questions such as:

  • What is the Ultimate?

  • How is Truth Obtained?

  • What is the Cause of Suffering?

  • What is the Responsibility of Practitioners?

  • How are Sacred Stories Understood?

  • How is Deliverance Achieved?


The presentation has been enormously popular in many different settings: Hindu temples, Christian churches, university classrooms, teacher events, and multifaith conferences.


More importantly, it has received praise from members of many different faith traditions – from Native elders to Zen masters to Hindu pandits.

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