Program to Explore Buddhist Philosophy

By Pohl, Laura Zahn | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), January 13, 2007 | Go to article overview

Program to Explore Buddhist Philosophy


Pohl, Laura Zahn, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Laura Zahn Pohl Daily Herald Correspondent

The topic may sound familiar, but the take will be very different.

"Why Bad Things Happen To Good People," a discussion presented by members of the Myogyogji Buddhist Temple in West Chicago, will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at College of DuPage, SRC Rooms 1450 A and B, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn.

Anyone curious about the Buddhist philosophy and approach to life is welcome to attend the free event.

While it sounds like they'll be rehashing the well-known book by Rabbi Harold Kushner with a similar title, that's not the case, said Rick Rudolph of Grayslake, an organizer of the event who has practiced Buddhism for more than 30 years.

"(Buddhists) look internally and try to change ourselves, because that's how the outside environment will change," Rudolph said.

According to Buddhism. people's internal states are characterized by The Ten Worlds, which are Hell, Hunger, Animality (instinct and emotion take control), Anger, Humanity, Rapture, Learning, Self-Realization, Bodhisattva (when people take action to alleviate the sufferings of others) and Buddhahood, which enables one to experience indestructible joy and compassion for others. …

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