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Parliament of Religions

A historic event held on September 11, 1893, where representatives of various world religions were invited to present talks on their respective faiths. This event was held in conjunction with the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago to celebrate the fourth centenary of the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus.

The Theosophical Society (TS) was represented by Annie BESANT. Two other theosophists represented other religions: Rai Bahadur Gyanendra Nath Chakravarti represented Hinduism, while Anagarika DHARMAPALA of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) represented Buddhism.

In 1993, a second World Parliament of Religions was held in Chicago August 28 - Sept. 5, 1993, where the Theosophical Movement was represented by Radha BURNIER, President of the Theosophical Society, and Grace KNOCHE, Head of the Theosophical Society (Pasadena). There were also panel discussions of the theosophical worldview.


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