The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Lifestyles

March 20, 2014

Peace Soup series continues with presentation about Buddhism

CLINTON --- A full house attended Tuesday’s Peace Soup talk on Buddhism at St. Boniface Center.

“Understanding Interfaith Connections to Peace” continued this week with April Wise, a Buddhist practicing in the New Kadampa tradition at the Lamrim Buddhist Center in Davenport speaking on Buddhism. The Camanche native began by saying, “Peace is manifested through the Buddhist belief that we are all connected. We cannot exist without others, and they in turn are affected by everything we do. The idea that it is possible to secure our own welfare while neglecting that of others, or even at the expense of others, is completely unrealistic.”

Wise went on to explain that “Everything we have and everything we enjoy, including our very life, is due to the kindness of others. We came into this world naked and empty-handed and were immediately given a home, food, clothes, and everything else we needed.”

Wise addressed three concepts of this religion that is based on peace: interconnectedness, karma and meditation. Interconnectedness she

described as a web of kindness; karma as an action of body, speech or mind that leaves imprint and has an effect; and meditation as a practice

to “reduce and eventually eradicate our delusions and to replace them with permanent inner peace.”

She added, “How things appear to us depend on our mind. The more we control our mind the more our inner peace increases and the happier we become.”

The Peace Soup series continues next week with Rabbi Tamar Grimm, of the Tri-City Jewish Center in Rock Island, Ill. Grimm will speak on peace in the Jewish faith at 6 p.m. at St. Boniface Center in Clinton.

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