The Comparison Project is an experimental effort in a philosophy of religion that is historically grounded and religiously diverse. Our core programming consists of an annual series of lectures, dialogues, and comparisons on a common religious theme. We work with the religious communities of greater Des Moines to create digital stories by and about them. And students in our comparative religion classes generate supplementary resources to complement our core programming.
Achieving Eternal Peace through Non-dualistic View – Buddhist Concepts and Meditation Practices
Lecture and discussion with the eighth Arjia Rinpoche, Lobsang Tubten Jigme Gyatso Wednesday, March 5, 7:00 p.m. Cowles Library Reading Room Arjia Rinpoche is one of the most prominent Tibetan lamas in the world. At the age of two, he was recognized by the 10th Panchen Lama as the reincarnation of Lama Tsong Khapa’s father and the abbot of …read more
“Names Are The Guest Of Reality”: Apophasis, Mysticism, and Soteriology in Daoist Perspective
Lecture by Louis Komjathy, Assistant Professor of Chinese Religions and Comparative Religious Studies, University of San Diego Thursday, March 6, 7:30 p.m., Cowles Library Reading Room How does one speak the unspeakable, say the unsayable, name the unnameable? How does one subvert the human tendency to become mired in intellectual constructs, philosophical rumination, and psychological …read more
After Silence, That Which Comes Nearest
Jonathan Bellman, Professor of Music History & Literature, University of Northern Colorado Response by Eric Saylor, Associate Professor of Music History & Musicology, Drake University Thursday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m. St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Student Center, 1150 28th Street Poets and philosophers have long agreed about music’s ability to express the inexpressible. The …read more