On Thursday, November 16 in the Sussman Theater at Drake University, Des Moines residents came to hear talk about miracles.
Professor Shi Jingpeng of Minzu University in Beijing, China, traveled to Iowa to talk about miracles in the Chinese Buddhist text the Vimalakirti Sutra. The text has been influential in Chinese Buddhist thought for hundreds of years, and still has an effect even on Chinese people who are not Buddhist, and still has ripples in Chinese culture on the whole.
Drake religion professor Tim Knepper organized the Comparison Project, a comparative religion series for which that Professor Shi was speaking at. This year the main focus is on miracles, which Knepper said is important when seeing large religions like Christianity, and through this series seeing miracle accounts are “pervasive in the religions of the world.”
Dr. Shi said the understanding of religions are important, as people “get an approach into understanding religions.
“I think that’s a very interesting and helpful approach,” Shi said.
The series will continue with the theme of miracles for the next two years, and include miracles of such religions like Native American religion and African traditional religions, Knepper said.
The next part of the series will take place on December 3 at 9 a.m. in Meredith Hall at Drake University. For more information look at the Comparison Project’s website.