Annual Inspiration Dinner Honoring Peter Coyote
International Association of Sufism Annual Inspiration Dinner
IAS’s humanitarian award is presented annually to an outstanding individual or organization for contributions in elevating the level of humanity in our society. This year, the International Association of Sufism’s Annual Inspiration Dinner was held on Friday October 7, 2016 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in San Rafael, California, and celebrated the life and work of Peter Coyote, actor, Zen priest, activist, writer, community leader and cultural innovator. The guest speakers illuminated Peter’s model as a Zen practitioner and priest, Peter’s career as an actor, Peter’s work as a writer, and Peter’s contributions to the counter-culture movement of the 60’s and 70’s.
The Emcee of the event was Jan Wahl, a Bay Area film critic for KRON-TV and KCBS-Radio and winner of two Emmy Awards. Speakers included: Tenshin Reb Anderson, a teacher and past Abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center and author; Stewart Brand, the author of The Whole Earth Catalog and winner of the National Book Award; Jonathan Granoff, a president, of the Global Security Institute, as well as an attorney, author and international advocate emphasizing the legal, ethical and spiritual dimensions of human development and security. Safa Ali Michael Newman, IAS President welcomed everyone to the event, Shah Nazar Seyyed Dr. Ali Kianfar, IAS co-director, spoke to the mission and purpose of IAS and Dr. Nahid Angha, IAS co-director, provided the honoring of the award. Peter Coyote spoke by video, and Jonathan Granoff accepted the award on Mr. Coyote’s behalf.
IAS’s Annual Dinner honors an individual whose life and work offers a model of engaged creativity and positive contributions to our community and culture.