Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg

So much of the wisdom shared by Robert Thurman and Sharon Salzberg has to do with the choices we make in our lives: the choice to forgive those that hurt us, the choice to forgive ourselves, and the choice that we make every day — to choose love over anger. Mr. Thurman gives a great analogy, comparing our ability to choose how we respond to anger to that of a TV remote; we can always choose to change the channel.

Choice is at the center of Alfonso Cuarón’s latest film, Gravity.

In our time, some associate the word "religion" with rigid dogma and the excesses of institutions. The word "spirituality" on the other hand can seem to have little substance or form. The word "faith" can appear as a compromise of sorts, pointing to the content of religious tradition and spiritual experience. The truth is, all of these words are vague in the abstract. They gain meaning in the context of human experience.

In this show, we'll explore the connotations of the word "faith" in four traditions and lives: Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. We'll speak with Sharon Salzberg, Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, Anne Lamott, and Omid Safi.