Respectfully, I disagree with you. In an era where religious faith is such a divisive issue in our society, what good does a program about religion do when it doesn't address the conflict? I see religious conflict as being the defining struggle in our world today, and at points this program has addressed different aspects of that conflict - from the debate over gay marriage, to efforts to bridge the gap between the religious right and the religious left. However, I get pretty frustrated that this program doesn't do more to explore and vent these issues.
Please don't get me wrong - I welcome and celebrate your experience in finding wisdom and inspiration in this program, especially because it's led you to a buddhist tradition that I fully respect and admire. But my experience is a little different. Go to any bookstore where I live, in the Los Angeles area, and you get clobbered by books about spiritual growth and development. In my local Borders bookstore there seems to be a whole shelf devoted to works by Thich Nhat Hanh, the Dalai Lama, Pema Chodron, and other buddhist writers. Books and radio programs about personal growth is not what's needed to address the more relevant and consequential religious issues in our time - issues which have the power to marginalize entire groups in our society, and which inspire many people to unbelievable acts of violence.
In any event, I'm glad you felt moved to respond to my posting. Hospital emergency room work is so critically important, and from what I understand, incredibly draining emotionally and spiritually. I hope that all is well with you in Madison
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