‘World Religions: Tibetan Buddhism, Christian Science & Jainism’ to Air Sunday, October 13 on CBS
via press release:
“WORLD RELIGIONS: TIBETAN BUDDHISM, CHRISTIAN SCIENCE, AND JAINISM,” AN INTERFAITH SPECIAL, WILL BE BROADCAST SUNDAY,
OCT. 13, ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK
WORLD RELIGIONS: TIBETAN BUDDHISM, CHRISTIAN SCIENCE, AND JAINISM, a CBS Interfaith Special, will be broadcast Sunday, Oct. 13, on the CBS Television Network. Please check your local station for exact time.
Tibetan Buddhism is more than 2,500 years old. The program visits Padma Samye Ling, a retreat and Tibetan Monastery in upstate New York. The monastery was founded twenty years ago by the Venerable Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche, and his brother the Venerable Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche. The two came to the United States in the 1980’s and are among those responsible for bringing Tibetan Buddhism to the west. We hear Khenpo Tsewang as he explains the basic tenets of this faith and he shares his reflections on what it means to him to share this ancient lineage with America.
Christian Science was founded in New England more than 135 years ago by Mary Baker Eddy. We hear some of the history of this faith – often confused with 20th century Scientology – from various people at the Mary Baker Eddy Library in Boston. Jonathon Eder (Programs Producer) and Michael Davis (Library Researcher), and Lesley Pitts, President. We hear also from Joan Gaylord, a practicing Christian Scientist, from Bedford, N.Y.
Finally, the Jain tradition originated in India more than 2,500 years ago. This program looks at Jains who worship in the United States. It was a Jain monk, His Holiness Acharya Sushil Kumar, who brought the tradition to America in the 1970’s. In 1983 Sushil Kumar established Siddhachalam, an ashram and retreat center in Blairstown, N.J. We hear from Siddhachalam’s President Jaipat Singh Jain, who presents the basic tenets of the faith and the history of how ashram came to be.
John P. Blessington is the executive producer and Liz Kineke is the producer.
The documentary is developed with input from the various faith tradition represented. The series is produced in cooperation with a consortium of Roman Catholic organizations, the Islamic Society of North America, The Union of Reform Judaism, the New York Board of Rabbis, and other interfaith organizations.