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Vail Symposium rethinks humanity

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyFather Thomas Keating (left) and Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi discuss war and its effects on humanity during the Vail Symposium's Rethinking Humanity event Tuesday in Wolcott.

VAIL, Colorado –The Vail Symposium continues its Rethink series with a focus on humanity: What it does it mean to be human? How do we affect each other every day?

On Tuesday, at Red Sky Ranch in Wolcott, Father Thomas Keating and Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi will talk about what it means to be human from a spiritually contemplative point of view, how the understanding of being human has evolved over and the role that science and religion has played in that change.

Keating, a Trappist monk and priest who lives at St. Benedict’s Monastery in Snowmass, helped found the Centering Prayer movement and Contemplative Outreach Ltd. He says he believes that war is a major cause of social upheaval and unrest in society.

“Everyone involved in war loses, including the winners,” Keating wrote in “The Crescendo of Violence.”

The Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi is the director of The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was ordained by the Dalai Lama. He says being human is a wonderful thing and a state of existence with innumerable possibilities.

“A particular set of thinking from a religious point of view or scientific point of view can give rise to narrow mindedness or a sense of fanaticism which leads to disagreements and eventually wars,” Priyadarshi says. “The more we are able to reflect on our actions and thoughts, chances are the better our relationships and the better the condition of the world will be.”

What: Rethinking Humanity: A Dialogue with Father Thomas Keating and the Venerable Tenzin Priyadarsi

When: 5:30 p.m. meet and greet, 6 p.m. discussion, Tuesday

Where: Red Sky Ranch in Wolcott

Cost: $25 or $20 for Vail Symposium donors; includes appetizers and cash bar

More information: Call 970-476-0954 or visit

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