Understanding and Promoting Happiness in Today's Society

What do the world's major faiths teach us about the concept of happiness? What beliefs do these ancient traditions hold in common about this elusive yet highly sought state of being? How do they define and perceive happiness? Is happiness the purpose of our lives, or is it a reward that is available to us only in some version of the afterlife?

Krista Tippett, host and producer of the award-winning public radio program On Being, moderates a candid conversation on happiness featuring Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth; Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori, the 26th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church; Professor Seyyed Hossein Nasr, a world-renowned scholar on Islam; and the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet.

Hosted by the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University, the Interfaith Summit on Happiness will air on over 250 public radio stations across the country from Thursday, December 29, 2011 through Wednesday, January 4, 2012. Listen to Krista's edited radio broadcast or view the unedited video of the event using the links below.

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The Center for the Study of Law and Religion

The Center for the Study of Law and Religion (CSLR) at Emory University is home to world-class scholars and forums on the religious foundations of law, politics, and society. It offers first-rank expertise on how the teachings and practices of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam have shaped and can continue to transform the fundamental ideas and institutions of our public and private lives. The scholarship of CSLR faculty provides the latest perspectives, while its conferences and public forums foster reasoned and robust public debate.

CSLR launched "The Pursuit of Happiness Project" five years ago with 18 distinguished scholars from Emory and beyond. By bringing together experts of biology, ethics, law, philosophy, psychology, psychiatry, sociology, and theology, CSLR has put religion and science in conversation and focused on the relation between altruistic love and happiness.

Jonathan Sacks is Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth and author of several books, including The Dignity of Difference.
Katharine Jefferts Schori is Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church who holds a doctorate in oceanography.
Seyyed Hossein Nasr is University Professor of Islamic Studies at George Washington University. He's the author of myriad books, including Man and Nature.
The Dalai Lama is the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet. He is the author of many books, including Ethics for a New Millennium.

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