Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon
Rabbi Cohon’s new series on the Holiest Places on Earth reaches Southeast Asia, an exotic and complex region of deep religious dedication. Buddhism and Hinduism experienced dramatic transformations when they reached Southeast Asia, and the cultures and peoples committed to these complex faiths created great places of worship and learning. Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, and Malaysia all feature centers of sacredness, each distinct and extraordinary, from the jungle temples of Angkor Wat to the gentle Hindu sacred baths of upcountry Bali to the golden Buddhist centers of Thailand to the surprisingly comical statues in the Batu Caves of Kuala Lumpur.
On his recent sabbatical journey around the world in 85 days, Rabbi Cohon visited 148 of the holiest places sacred to all the great religions—Jewish, Christian, Moslem, Buddhist, Hindu, Shinto, Jain, Sikh, BaHai, Druze, aboriginal, Polynesian, Inca, Neolithic, Paleolithic, and more—visiting 20 countries on 6 continents. Learn how holy places are created, what they mean to the people who experience them, what the common elements are, and what is unique in our own experience of holiness of place.
In his initial offering for the Adult Education Academy last summer Rabbi Cohon covered the European portion of his journey, as well as his explorations in Turkey and Egypt. Part II covered the middle portion of his vagabond experiences in Israel, India, and Japan. You do not need to have attended the first two courses, and there is no prerequisite for this class.
Three sessions: Thursdays, June 16, 23, 30, 7-9 pm. $45 for members, $65 for non-members; you can take classes individually for $18 for members, $25 for non-members.