Presented by The Interfaith Council of Thanks-Giving Foundation, Perkins School of Theology, and the Dallas Institute

A major aspect of North Texas’ diversity is the great number of spiritual and religious faiths practiced in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, yet all too often, we know little about faiths outside our own. With that in mind, we continue the series of presentations and discussion begun in the Fall. Aimed at offering people of all cultures, faith, and traditions opportunities to learn about the religions of their neighbors, the monthly sessions will approach relevant topics of faith from academic–and accessible–perspectives, with ample audience participation encouraged. The Spring series will continue to focus on “The Role of Intellect from the Perspective of the Major Faith Traditions,” taking up Jewish, Buddhist, Sikh, and Bahá’í traditions following our consideration of Christian, Hindu, and Islam traditions in the Fall just past.

Session 2 – The Intellect in the Buddhist Tradition
March 2, 7:00 – 8:30pm; Reception 6:30pm
Venue: Thanks-Giving Square

Paula Arai, Ph.D., obtained her Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from Harvard University in 1993. In 2007, she joined the Religious Studies faculty at LSU. She is author of the books Painting Enlightenment: Healing Visions of the Heart Sutra, Women Living Zen and Bringing Zen Home. She is also a member of the faculties of Asian Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Chinese Culture & Commerce.

Pre-reading material, The Heart of Understanding
Pre-reading material, The Heart Sutra

Rev. Dr. Daniel Kanter is the Senior Minister of First Unitarian Church of Dallas.  He received a B. A. in psychology and anthropology from the University of Vermont in 1989, a Master of Divinity from Starr King School for the Ministry in 1998, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Perkins Theological School in 2007. He is the author of Faith for the Unbeliever, a 2017 Skinner House publication.


Session 3
April 6, 7:00 – 8:30pm; Reception 6:30pm
Venue: The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture

Session 4
May 4, 7:00 – 8:30pm; Reception 6:30pm
Venue: Thanks-Giving Square

$80 per Semester
$20 per Session

$40 per Semester for Educators and Faith Leaders
$10 per Session for Educators and Faith Leaders

Students free



Session 1 – The Intellect in the Jewish Tradition

RABBI ANDREW MARC PALEY  is the Senior Rabbi and Spiritual Leader of Temple Shalom, a Reform congregation, in Dallas, Texas.  Ordained in 1995, Rabbi Paley holds a Master’s Degree in Hebrew Letters from H.U.C. – J.I.R and Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from The Ohio State University and is a Prepare/Enrich Certified marital and premarital counselor.


DR. JOSHUA PARENS is Professor of Philosophy and Dean of the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts at the University of Dallas. He is a Fellow of the Dallas Institute.