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Pursuing Happiness

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, Jonathan Sacks, Katharine Jefferts Schori, and Seyyed Hossein Nasr

Pursuing Happiness

The XIV Dalai Lama seems to many to embody happiness — happiness against the odds, a virtue that is acquired and practiced. Before a live audience in Atlanta, Georgia, Krista had a rare opportunity to mull over the meaning of happiness in contemporary life with him and three global spiritual leaders: a Muslim scholar, a chief rabbi, and a presiding bishop. An invigorating and unpredictable discussion exploring the themes of suffering, beauty, and the nature of the body.

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  • His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet

    His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet

    is the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet. He is the author of many books, including Ethics for a New Millennium.

  • Jonathan Sacks

    Jonathan Sacks

    was Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the British Commonwealth for 22 years. He is now the Ingeborg and Ira Rennert Global Distinguished Professor of Judaic Thought at New York University and the Kressel and Ephrat Family University Professor of Jewish Thought at Yeshiva University. He is also Professor of Law, Ethics and the Bible at King’s College London. His books include The Great Partnership: Science, Religion, and the Search for MeaningThe Dignity of Difference, and his latest, Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence.

  • Katherine Jefferts Schori

    Katherine Jefferts Schori

    is the 26th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. She holds a doctorate in oceanography.

  • Seyyed Hossein Nasr

    Seyyed Hossein Nasr

    is University Professor of Islamic Studies at George Washington University. He's a prominent philosopher and scholar of Islam who has written many books, including The Heart of Islam and Man and Nature.