WBEZ | Buddhism http://www.wbez.org/tags/buddhism Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 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