WBEZ | Buddhism http://www.wbez.org/tags/buddhism Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: August 6, 2015 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-06/morning-shift-august-6-2015-112582 <p><p>It&rsquo;s the 70th anniversary of one of the most horrific events in world history...the day the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan and instantly killed 70,000 people. We explore the role the University of Chicago in building the first nuclear bomb.</p><p>We also get a Buddhist perspective on our warming planet. The recent Buddhist Declaration on Climate Change says: &ldquo;There has never been a more important time in history to bring the resources of Buddhism to bear on behalf of all living beings.&rdquo; In light of President Obama&rsquo;s Clean Power Plan and leaders from many world religions speaking up about environmentalism in recent months, we talk to a local Buddhist priest.&nbsp;</p><p>We also bring you up to speed on the card game of bridge as the World&rsquo;s Largest Bridge Tournament kicks off today in Chicago. Our guest says it&rsquo;s not JUST for the retired set.</p><p>And we discuss the myth of the low level offender and why releasing them from prison may not do much to reduce the prison population.</p></p> Thu, 06 Aug 2015 10:58:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-06/morning-shift-august-6-2015-112582 Environmentalism is second nature for Chicago Buddhists http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-06/environmentalism-second-nature-chicago-buddhists-112580 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/buddhist Flickr ancientdragonzengate.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In recent months, leaders of the world&rsquo;s major religions have been speaking up more and more about the dangers of climate change. And just this week, President Obama talked about it when he released his Clean Energy Plan, saying,&rdquo; We only get one planet...there is no Plan B.&quot;</p><p>In June, Pope Francis released a papal encyclical where he warned that a warming world would hit the poor the hardest. And he talked more broadly about environmentalism in pretty stark terms. He wrote, &ldquo;The world, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth.&rdquo; The Dalai Lama has also been vocal about global warming and the environment for years, and this spring released a statement about how much carbon dioxide should be in the atmosphere.</p><p>Of course, it&rsquo;s not just world religious leaders, but local leaders as well. One person that signed on to the Dalai Lama&rsquo;s recent statement is Taigen Dan Leighton, a Buddhist priest here in Chicago at Ancient Dragon Zen Gate, a temple in North Center. And he joins us to talk about the Buddhist perspective on climate change and the environment.&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 06 Aug 2015 10:48:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-06/environmentalism-second-nature-chicago-buddhists-112580 The noble path: A Buddhist Christmas http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-12/noble-path-buddhist-christmas-104418 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/buddha%20flickr%20liang%20jin%20jian.jpg" style="height: 465px; width: 620px;" title="Buddhism can lead us to the true meaning of Christmas (Flickr/Liang Jin Jian)" /></div><p>Lately I&rsquo;ve been doing a little reading and research in Buddhist literature and philosophy. At the core of Buddhist thought is the achievement of personal wisdom and the practice of ethical conduct.</p><p>Buddhism argues that the world is imperfect, that life is full of suffering and that human nature is flawed. Nevertheless, our goal as rational and spiritual creatures is to accept the imperfections of reality, overcome our limitations and try to create a self that is free from the false illusions of success and the deadening effects of fear, frustration, disappointment and depression.</p><p>My reading of this venerable tradition is that life is a journey of suffering and self-improvement. We must find a middle way between self-indulgence (hedonism) and excessive self-mortification (asceticism) to achieve contentment. The goal laid out by Siddhartha Gautama (the Buddha) is the achievement of the &ldquo;Noble Eightfold Path.&rdquo;</p><p>1.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Right View</p><p>2.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Right Intention</p><p>3.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Right Speech</p><p>4.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Right Action</p><p>5.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Right Livelihood</p><p>6.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Right Effort</p><p>7.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Right Mindfulness</p><p>8.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Right Concentration</p><p>At its core the &ldquo;Eightfold Path&rdquo; is, in essence, a prescription for ethical conduct with others. In an imperfect world full of suffering and toil each of us must try to find a way to live with others. The &ldquo;Eightfold Path&rdquo; exhorts us to free ourselves of false illusions, to detach ourselves from false decisions, to overcome selfishness, to pursue charity and good will, to avoid cruelty and violence, and to develop a deep compassion for those we live with and love.</p><p>It seems to me that the essence of Buddhist thought can be easily rolled into the ethos of this Christmas season. Both positions, by different means, are advancing the same issues and outcomes: an undistorted view of reality; personal serenity, right conduct and charity, peace on Earth; and, lest we forget, the true purpose of the season &mdash; &ldquo;goodwill to all.&rdquo;</p><p>&nbsp;<em>Al Gini is a Professor of Business Ethics and Chairman of the Management Department in the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago.</em></p></p> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 10:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-12/noble-path-buddhist-christmas-104418 Worldview 8.10.11 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-81011 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//episode/images/2011-august/2011-08-03/portugal.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In the third installment of our weeklong <em><a href="http://wbez.org/herethere" target="_blank">Here, There</a></em> series on the abortion debate in other countries, we go to Portugal. The Portuguese government legalized voluntary abortions up to the 10th week of pregnancy in 2007. Despite the changes, many doctors still refuse to perform the procedure. Beatriz Padilla, a senior researcher at Center for Research and Studies in Sociology at the <a href="http://www.iscte-iul.pt/home.aspx" target="_blank">University Institute of Lisbon</a>, explains the situation. Later in the hour, we meet <a href="http://www.choying.com/" target="_blank">Ani Choying Drolma</a>, a Nepali Buddhist nun. She founded an organization that supports the education and welfare of Buddhist nuns in her country. Drolma tells us her story and performs a few of her songs in WBEZ’s <a href="http://chicagopublicmedia.org/studios" target="_blank">Jim and Kay Mabie Performance Studio</a>.</p></p> Wed, 10 Aug 2011 14:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-81011 Nepali nun finds freedom from misogyny through music http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-10/nepali-nun-finds-freedom-misogyny-through-music-90056 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-03/ANI MICROPHONE.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Today we meet <a href="http://theanifoundation.org/" target="_blank">Ani Choying Drolma</a>, a Nepali Buddhist nun, internationally renowned singer and social activist. Ani is the founder of the <a href="http://www.choying.com/about-nwf.html" target="_blank">Nuns Welfare Foundation of Nepal</a>, an organization that supports the education and well-being of Buddhist nuns, as well as the Ani Foundation, a U.S. branch for her work. In her autobiography <em>Singing for Freedom</em>, she shares her story of running away from an abusive, male-dominated home to find sanctuary at a Buddhist monastery.</p><p>Ani joins us to discuss how becoming a nun has shaped her life’s work. She also performs a few of her songs in our <a href="http://chicagopublicmedia.org/studios" target="_blank">Jim and Kay Mabie Performance Studio</a>.</p></p> Wed, 10 Aug 2011 14:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-10/nepali-nun-finds-freedom-misogyny-through-music-90056 Nepali woman finds freedom from cultural misogyny as a Buddhist nun and through song http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-24/nepali-woman-finds-freedom-cultural-misogyny-buddhist-nun-and-through-so <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-March/2011-03-24/ANI MICROPHONE.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a href="http://theanifoundation.org/" target="_blank">Ani Choying Drolma</a> is a Nepali Buddhist nun, internationally renowned singer and social activist. She founded the Nuns Welfare Foundation in Nepal to support the education and welfare of Buddhist nuns. And recently Ani started a U.S. branch for her work called the <a href="https://theanifoundation.org/" target="_blank">Ani Foundation</a>. Her autobiography is called <em>Singing for Freedom</em>.</p> <div>Ani shares her story about how she became a nun and how that decision shaped her life&rsquo;s work. She also performs some songs in our <a href="http://chicagopublicmedia.org/studios">Jim and Kay Mabie Performance Studio</a>.</div><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>EVENTS</strong></p><p>Ani Choying Drolma will be in Chicago from March 24-28.</p> <div>She will make two appearances at Primitive, a furniture and fine arts gallery.</div> <div>130 N. Jefferson St., Chicago</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Thursday, March 28; 7-9pm</div> <div>A special event for healthcare professionals who have visited Nepal or are interested in volunteering opportunities.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Monday, March 28; 11-5pm</div> <div>Ani will discuss her music and philanthropic endeavors.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div><div>For more information, call 312-575-9600 or visit <a href="http://www.theanifoundation.org/">www.theanifoundation.org</a></div></p> Thu, 24 Mar 2011 16:33:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-24/nepali-woman-finds-freedom-cultural-misogyny-buddhist-nun-and-through-so