"It's easy to forget that the human being hasn't changed so
much. All this technology that's happened in the last few centuries is just a
second in time."
Jane English (from Volume 1)
"The basic thing is that everyone wants happiness, no one
wants suffering. And happiness mainly comes from our own attitude, rather than
from external factors. If your own mental attitude is correct, even if you
remain in a hostile atmosphere, you feel happy."
The Dalai Lama (from Volume 1)
Program 1a) WORDS OF WISDOM. The series opens with an
inspiring "sampler" of song, poetry and prayer from various paths, interwoven in
the spirit of unity. This rich lore has been handed down to each generation for
all who seek spiritual discovery and renewal.
Program 1b) THE MONK WITHIN
EACH OF US. A spiritual intimacy comes through in these warm remarks by Br.
David Steindl-Rast, a Benedictine monk. He talks of finding gratefulness and joy
throughout the inevitable peaks and valleys of the inner journey.
2a/b) A LIVING SILENCE. Originally heard on National Public Radio, this
documentary looks at the process of contemplation -- a practice known to
searchers in all traditions. Those interviewed are Quakers, who worship in
silence. "The power of silence," smiled one woman knowingly, "is that you can't
talk your way out of it." Still, reflections on the value of group meditation,
and an extensive review of the Quaker philosophy of equality, make this well
worth a listen.
Program 3a) LOST CHRISTIANITY. The author of "Lost
Christianity," Prof. Jacob Needleman reports on his conversations with
contemporary seekers who seem to have re-discovered a living dimension of God as
taught by Jesus. Includes readings from the "Desert Fathers."
A LETTER FROM UNITY VILLAGE. A history and profile of Missouri-based Unity
School, publishers of "Daily Word'' magazine. The program highlights Unity's
practice of unflagging positive thinking, and concludes with a poem on faith
read by James Dillet Freeman.
Program 4a) A HUMAN FAMILY ALBUM. For
anyone seeking the oneness of humanity, this extraordinary essay features
comments from followers of all the world's major religions: Christianity,
Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Buddhism. Hear what is common to all religious
Program 4b) LAO TSU'S WAY OF LIFE. Photographer/author Jane
English borrows some pages from the Tao Te Ching ("The Way of Life"), a poetic
guidebook about inner balance. These subtle truths by the ancient sage may be
the greatest work in all of Chinese philosophy.
Program 5a/b) ISLAM'S
HIDDEN BEAUTY. Of the world's great religions, perhaps westerners understand
Islam the least. Although extremists sometimes grab headlines, Islam is a vast
religious community encompassing a billion people. The most recent of the major
religions, Islam's sacred belief in the supremacy of God is strikingly common to
Christianity and Judaism. Hear voices of westerners who have turned to Islam as
a path of personal realization. Also, a discussion of the heartening book "Islam
and World Peace," with excerpts from the last major interview granted by its
author, M.R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen.
Program 6a/b) TIBETAN TRUTHS. In this
first of two intriguing conversations with widely revered masters of Tibetan
Buddhism, His Holiness the Dalai Lama is heard on Side A in a dialogue with
David Freudberg recorded at Harvard University. The renowned teacher offers a
kindly prescription for clarity in one's mental attitude. He talks of the state
of human "enlightenment," from the perspective of one considered the fourteenth
reincarnation of an ancient sage. Then, on Side B, Kalu Rinpoche, an
eighty-year-old Tibetan Buddhist master, traces personal suffering to its root
cause -- the state of desire and attachment.
Total time: 12 half-hours