Mystical sects are topic of interfaith forum
The mystical traditions of the four major religions will be discussed at an interfaith forum Thursday sponsored by All Believers Network and the Interfaith Alliance of Hawaii.
The program at 7 p.m. at Tendai Betsuin, 23 Jack Lane, will explore teachings and contemplative practices to achieve deeper knowledge of spiritual truths. It is free to the public.
Michael Saso, a Tendai priest and religion professor, will moderate the panel of speakers, including Gregg Kinkley on Jewish Kabbalah, the Rev. Buddy Summers on Christian Taize meditation, Valeria Payton and Saleem Ahmed on the Islamic Sufi path and Ara Ryokan Sensei speaking about Ichinen Sanzen, a Buddhist meditation practice.
A Wednesday morning program at the monthly Interfaith Open Table will feature Saso, dean of religious studies at the International University Institute of Macao, speaking on "Pilgrimages to Tibet," and Kinkley, a lay leader of Congregation Sof Ma'arav, on "The Kabbalah."
The meeting will be at 7 a.m. at Harris United Methodist Church, 20 S. Vineyard Blvd. It is open to the public. It will be followed by an 8:45 a.m. monthly meeting of the Interfaith Alliance of Hawaii, to be addressed by Dea Coscignano, new executive director of Samaritan Counseling Center. It is also open to the public.