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A non-cheesy guide to gratefulness: What to read and watchA non-cheesy guide to gratefulness: What to read and watch

Posted By Jessica Gross

The perfect Thanksgiving appetizer: today’s talk from David Steindl-Rast, the Benedictine monk and interfaith scholar, on what, exactly, it means to be grateful—and the worlds that gratefulness can open up to us. He points out that one thing we all have in common is a desire to be happy, and posits that gratefulness is the […]

Live from TEDGlobal 2013

Quoted: David Steindl-Rast on the gentle power of gratefulnessQuoted: David Steindl-Rast on the gentle power of gratefulness

Posted By Tedstaff

By Susan Zimmerman David Steindl-Rast has the honor of closing this year’s TEDGlobal. The Benedictine monk, whose words made an appearance in Louie Schwartzberg’s classic talk “Nature. Beauty. Gratitude,” is known for bridging Catholicism and Buddhism. In the book The Ground We Share, he reveals that the key to both faiths, when you boil it […]

News

Pope Benedict XVI receives the Charter for Compassion in week before resignationPope Benedict XVI receives the Charter for Compassion in week before resignation

Posted By Tedstaff

The TED Prize’s Charter for Compassion reached Pope Benedict XVII this week, just days before the Pope announced to the world that he would be resigning. A plaque engraved with the Charter was presented to the Pope on Wednesday in Vatican City by TED’s European director, Bruno Giussani. The meeting, pictured above, took place on the margins […]

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7 fascinating talks on better understanding Islam7 fascinating talks on better understanding Islam

Posted By Tedstaff

The core mystical moment of Islam took place in the year 610, or “half the world and almost half of history away,” as Lesley Hazleton, biographer of Muhammad, puts it. On a hot desert night, this previously ordinary man received the first revelation of the Koran on a mountain outside Mecca. “What struck me even […]

Education

Experience the magic of Richard Dawkins’ realityExperience the magic of Richard Dawkins’ reality

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

If living in Richard Dawkins’ world is to live without an omnipotent creator, to explain life’s most wondrous mysteries with scientific fact, is it also to live in a world devoid of beauty and magic? No, says Dawkins, in his newest book, The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True, which makes its […]

 

Superheroes inspired by Islam: Naif Al-Mutawa on TED.com

Posted By Shanna Carpenter

In “THE 99,” Naif Al-Mutawa‘s new generation of comic book heroes fight more than crime — they smash stereotypes and battle extremism. Named after the 99 attributes of Allah, his characters reinforce positive messages of Islam and cross cultures to create a new moral framework for confronting evil, even teaming up with the Justice League […]