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Faith Factor: Interfaith panel discussion on reincarnation at Reno community college

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Reno, Nev. andamp;#8212;In view of growing interest in the world about reincarnation, Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) is offering a panel discussion on reincarnation Saturday, Oct. 22, which is open to public.Coordinated by Hindu leader Rajan Zed, other panel discussion participants include Spanish Springs Presbyterian Church Pastor Bruce Taylor, Northern Nevada Muslim Community Vice President Sherif Elfass, Reno Buddhist Center Priest Jikaiandamp;#8217; Phil Bryan, Temple Beth Or Rabbi ElizaBeth Beyer, Pagan High Priestess Ellyn Bryans-Darrah and religion professor William Gifford.Reincarnation is a belief there is continuity from one life to a next. Various religions or sects within religions believe in reincarnation, although their approaches are different. According to a report by Washington, D.C.-based Pew Forum on Religion andamp; Public Life, andamp;#8220;Twenty-four percent of Americans believe in reincarnation, that people will be reborn in this world again and againandamp;#8221;.Zed, who is also director Interfaith Relations of Nevada Clergy Association, points out Lord Krishna tells in Bhagavad-Gita (Song of the Lord): andamp;#8220;Death is inevitable for those who are born, birth is certain for the dead.andamp;#8221; Zed further says that even Rig-Veda, the oldest existing scripture of the mankind dated around 1,500 BCE, talks about the dead man getting a new body.The panel discussion will be held at TMCC Meadowood Center, 5270 Neil Road, room S103, Reno, Nev., Oct. 22, 10 am.-2 p.m. and includes one hour for questions. Cost for andamp;#8220;Reincarnationandamp;#8221; (GHST133C) is $49. Pre-registration with TMCC preferred. Discount for seniors. For questions, please call 775-829-9010 or visit http://www.tmcc.edu/wdce/.andamp;#8212; Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com