The Boniuk Center co-sponsors events that foster understanding and respect across the boundaries of religion. They are particularly eager to support events that will draw a diverse audience and that are co-sponsored by organizations representing different religious communities. Because discussions of religion, religious difference, and tolerance provoke strong feelings and heated debate, the Center works with community partners to create a hospitable atmosphere so that all people, especially those who disagree with the program or speaker, feel welcome and invited to participate. Facing up to our differences is the first step towards peaceful co-existence.
Leadership Rice helps students discover and develop their leadership capabilities. The Envision Grants empower students to create change and provide an opportunity to innovate at Rice University or in other communities. Projects promote service, foster leadership development, demonstrate creativity,, and/or plan for sustainability. A bold vision can move from inspiration to action.
The Esalen Institute was founded in 1962 as an alternative educational center devoted to the exploration of what Aldous Huxley, called the “human potential,” the world of unrealized human capacities that lies beyond the imagination. Esalen soon became known for its blend of East/West philosophies, its experiential/didactic workshops, the steady influx of philosophers, psychologists, artists, and religious thinkers, and its breathtaking grounds blessed with natural hot springs. Once home to a Native American tribe knows as the Essalen, Esalen is situated on 27 acres of spectacular Big Sur coastline with the Santa Lucia Mountains rising sharply behind.