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TMCC hosting interfaith panel discussion on reincarnation



In view of growing interest in the world about reincarnation, Truckee Meadows Community College is offering a panel discussion on reincarnation on Saturday, Oct. 22, which is open to public.

Coordinated by Hindu leader Rajan Zed, the panel will include Spanish Springs Presbyterian Church Pastor Bruce Taylor, Northern Nevada Muslim Community Vice President Sherif Elfass, Reno Buddhist Center Priest Jikai’ Phil Bryan, Temple Beth Or Rabbi ElizaBeth Beyer, Pagan High Priestess Ellyn Bryans-Darrah and religion professor William Gifford.

Reincarnation is a belief that there is continuity from one life to a next. Various religions or sects within religions believe in reincarnation, although their approaches are different. According to a report by Washington DC-based prestigious Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life sometime back, “24 percent of Americans believe in Reincarnation, that people will be reborn in this world again and again.”

Zed, who is also director interfaith relations of the Nevada Clergy Association, points out that Lord Krishna tells in Bhagavad-Gita (Song of the Lord), death is inevitable for those who are born, birth is certain for the dead. Zed further says that even Rig-Veda, the oldest existing scripture of the mankind dated around 1500 BCE, talks about dead man getting a new body.

The panel discussion will be held at TMCC Meadowood Center (Room S103, 5270 Neil Road, Reno) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes one hour for questions. Cost for “Reincarnation” (GHST133C) is $49. Pre-registration with TMCC is preferred. For questions, please call 775-829-9010 or visit www.tmcc.edu/wdce/.

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