This week on Interfaith Voices:
The Rise of Russian Orthodoxy
For many Russians, belonging to the Russian Orthodox Church is a shorthand for Russian patriotism; it’s a link to an older, glorified past that goes back to 988, when the church was founded by Vladimir the Great. As we head into the Winter Olympics, hosted in Sochi, Russia, we’ll find out why the Church helps portray a powerful Russia to the rest of the world.
Eido Shimano, the ‘Zen Predator’ of New York
Sexual abuse in religious institutions is often committed by the people a community trusts most – its priests, ministers, rabbis, imams. And the Zen Buddhist community is no different. A religion columnist for The New York Times tells the story of Eido Shimano, a Zen master who sexually harassed his female disciples for decades.
Zen Buddhism: A Short Introduction
We’re joined by Bernie Glassman, AKA “the grandfather of socially-engaged Buddhism.” He says Zen Buddhism isn’t just focused on looking inward–it’s also about helping the world around you.
Carol Garrard, co-author of Russian Orthodoxy Resurgent: Faith and Power in the New Russia
Gregory Feifer, author of Russians: The People Behind the Power
Mark Oppenheimer, author of The Zen Predator of the Upper East Side
Roshi Bernie Glassman, founder of Zen Peacemakers