At the 2023 Parliament of the World’s Religions, Tzu Chi Midwest volunteers showed up in full force, acting as ambassadors for Tzu Chi’s history and mission, as well as the life of the Buddha, at a stunning booth setup at the McCormick Place Lakeside Center in Chicago, IL.
For passerby like Kaitlyn Daly, a PhD Student at the Duke University School of Nursing, there was lot of new information:
“The Buddha’s life, a lot of it was spent… [internally], and a lot of reflection. But, the last part of a lot of the teachings were how to apply that into everyday life and how to share that with others.”
At the same time, representatives and members of different faith traditions got to bond over common values as it relates to climate change at the parallel session, “Buddhist-Catholic Dialogue: It’s Time to Talk.”
It was led by Ven. Shih Huize (@Hsi Lai Temple), Father Alexei Smith (@Archdiocese of Los Angeles), and Dr. Rey-Sheng Her, (Buddhist Tzu Chi Charity Foundation), and allowed for audience participation on how their respective faith traditions can come together to tackle pressing issues. Dr. Her pointedly shared that the solution comes down to something very universal:
“As Master Cheng Yen always says that climate change actually is a heart crisis, because our heart changes; our heart consumes too… [many] resources; our heart expands our greed and desires… So everything changes from our spirit… We don’t have to depend on the others’ actions, we act by ourselves first.”
Keep watching and see more from the 2023 PoWR at tzuchi.us/parliament-world-religions.