A Wild Love for the World
I am a big fan of On Being, a radio show from American Public Media that features people from all walks of life engaging in conversations with the host about religion, meaning, ethics, and art. Guests on the show include poets, chefs, farmers, physicists, musicians, religious leaders, and scholars.
One of my favorite shows features Joanna Macy – a philosopher of ecology, a Buddhist scholar, and translator of the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke.
Rilke’s poetry has strong Christian influences, but I enjoy how Macy analyzes pieces from a Buddhist perspective and draws from her rich life (including a stint with the CIA in in India in the 50s and at the forefront of the ecological philosophy movement of the 60s-70s). It’s a truly wonderful, heartfelt discussion – check it out below:
(If you like that one, check out the following program with the Dalai Lama, chief rabbi of the Commonwealth, bishop of the Episcopal Church, and an Islamic scholar discussing human happiness in their different traditions: http://being.publicradio.org/programs/2010/pursuing-happiness/)