23155
Ontario
Experience World Religions in Toronto
Expand your understanding not only of religion but also of the world and humanity on this educational and spiritual program in the multicultural city of Toronto.
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Program No. 23155RJ
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7 days
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7 days
6 nights
15 meals
6 B 5 L 4 D
DAY
1
Arrival and Check-In, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Toronto, Ontario
D
Courtyard by Marriott Toronto Downtown

Activity note: Check-in is 4:00 p.m.

Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll have a welcome dinner

Evening: We’ll begin our evening with an orientation session where we’ll get to know each other as well as review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes. We’ll go over important information as well as have time for questions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars or settle in for the night. You may also wish to explore what the city has to offer. The hotel is in downtown Toronto, surrounded by restaurants, City Hall and historical sites.

DAY
2
The Landscape of World Religion, Hinduism, Hare Krishna
Toronto, Ontario
B,L,D
Courtyard by Marriott Toronto Downtown

Activity note: Walking up to 1 mile, some stairs, standing and sitting on floor (chairs available). No shorts, no sleeveless blouses (short sleeves are fine).

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Our opening talk To See, To Be, To Do: The Landscape of World Religions provides and insightful map for understanding the topography of the world's faith traditions. This class will help you prepare for the whole experience. Our second class introduces us to Hinduism, one of the world's most diverse and colorful traditions.

Lunch: At the Hare Krishna Temple, vegetarian curry (not spicy).

Afternoon: We will enjoy an Indian vegetarian meal at the Hare Krishna Temple and hear about the bhakti path (the path of love), and join in dance and chant. Our second temple features stunning architecture that was hand carved in India before being assembled in Toronto.

Dinner: We’ll enjoy dinner at a local restaurant

Evening: Our third Hindu visit emphasizes community. We will meet our friendly guide, witness devotion to the murtis (images), observe the aarti ritual, and see another ritual involving milk and water that may be 5000 years old.

DAY
3
Buddhism, Mormonism, Zen and Chinese Temples
Toronto, Ontario
B,L
Courtyard by Marriott Toronto Downtown

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Walking approximately 1 mile, stairs.

Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: Today we will learn about two religions, one ancient and one new. Buddhism's founder believed he had uncovered deep truths about human nature and the mind while Mormonism's founder, Joseph Smith, led a fascinating life and founded what many call the quintessential American religion, Mormonism.

Lunch: At the hotel.

Afternoon: We will visit two very different Buddhist sites. First, a quiet Zen temple to meet our teacher, engage in meditation, and ask questions. Then we are off to a spectacular Chinese temple including a statue with 1,000 arms and hands and a memory hall where devotees remember lost loved ones. Finally, we will visit a Mormon church to speak with an elder about Mormon beliefs, practices and doctrines.

Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore from the wide variety of dining options in Toronto. A list of restaurants will be provided.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Islam, Mosque Visit and Prayer, Aga Khan Museum
Toronto, Ontario
B,L,D
Courtyard by Marriott Toronto Downtown

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Walking approximately 1 mile, some stairs, sitting on floor (chairs available). Women must wear headscarves; no bare arms or bare legs for anyone.

Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: We will learn about the world's second largest religion, including the life of Muhammad, the Qur'an, the origin of the Sunni/Shia split, key practices and beliefs, and topical news items around women, secularism and contemporary politics

Lunch: Afghani meal at the mosque.

Afternoon: A varied and rich visit to a Sunni mosque including meeting the imam and other leaders, sharing a meal, observing the packed Friday prayer, and hearing the khutba (weekly sermon). This visit will give rare exposure to Muslim devotion and community. After, we will visit the Aga Khan museum, founded by a global leader of Shia Islam to explore Muslim culture and history.

Dinner: At the hotel.

DAY
5
Judaism, Synagogue, Christianity, Evangelicalism
Toronto, Ontario
B,L
Courtyard by Marriott Toronto Downtown

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Walking approximately 1 mile, stairs. Dress is business casual.

Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: We will attend Shabbat service at Canada's most famed reform synagogue. After the service, we will enjoy the Kiddush meal, speak with our guide, and observe the Torah scroll close-up.

Lunch: Lunch at the synagogue.

Afternoon: In our Christian class, we will learn about Jesus of Nazareth, early biographical accounts, and the decisive move away from Judaism. We will also learn how Christianity has shaped the modern West, secularism and liberalism.

Dinner: Dinner on own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Sikhism, Evangelical Church, Gurdwara Langar Meal, Debrief
Toronto, Ontario
B,L,D
Courtyard by Marriott Toronto Downtown

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Walking approximately 1 mile, lots of stairs 5 flights); sitting on floor for Langar meal, vegetarian, curry (crates available).

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will begin learning about Sikhism, founded 500 years ago to transcend the Hindu/Muslim divide, to affirm monotheism, and as a response to the caste system. Then we will attend arguably Canada's most successful megachurch to experience the music, the message, and possibly a rare opportunity to speak with this distinctly Canadian evangelical pastor.

Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant.

Afternoon: The Sikh gurdwara is all about serviced. We will be welcomed, fed a langar meal, enjoy the chant of sacred scripture, and, in a rare opportunity, even see the room where the scriptures are put to bed every evening.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Final confluence, debrief and wrap-up.

DAY
7
Departure, Program Concludes
Toronto, Ontario
B

Activity note: Check-out is 12:00 noon.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel. Program concludes

Morning: We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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