Won Buddhism on MDGs
Sotaesa said, “Even at the risk of your life, do what is right, no matter how much you may dislike doing it. Even at the risk of your life, do not do what is not right, no matter how much you may want to do it.” It is on Chapter 12, the Essential Discourse on Commending the Nature, No. 13 and 14.
Why do we face the same problems and similar challenges in our life again and again? For my personal experience, why do I have migrant headache again and again. Some of you may know, I went to Emergency Room of Cornell University Hospital 4 days ago and stayed overnight in ER and I was under special medical monitoring for 17 hours. I had a good opportunity to learn how ER is operating.
I had a fortune to observe Dr. Godio who was the ER attending physician on September 22, 2010. I was so tired and uncomfortable to open my eyes. While I was closing eyes and meditate and chant the most of my stay in ER and all of sudden I heard a very spiritual voice, who was giving divine instructions to 3 residents. I opened my eyes and saw what he was. He was standing in front of 3 residents who were asking questions on their patients, he gave instructions, “let go of that and focus on this.” They all disappeared in a minute. Since they pulled me my bed and put in the hallway next to the nursing station, I leaned over to a woman who was working on the computer and asked who he was. She told me he was Dr. Godio and asked her again whether I will see him tonight. She looked at her computer, yes, he will see you later on. I opened my eyes and began observing him. He was attending everyone in ER especially people who care patients. He was passing by a man carrying a bed with an old woman patient, stopped him and asked about the patient. He was God in ER where people need immediate attention and quick and correct judgment on each patient.
Within half hour, he came to me, asked “Are you Chung Lee?” I said, Yes, Dr. God. He said, “did I meet you?’ I said, ‘Yes, indirectly.’ He asked “what brought you here?” I described my system and said, I want to go home. He said, I have to make sure you are OK before I send you home. I will go exam room and see the result of your cat scan, X-ray, blood test and I will decide. What a caring doctor!
September 22, 4 days ago in the morning, I met my cardiologist, Dr. David Yang. He said in Korean, “I am China. “ I said I am Korea. After he checked my heart, he wanted to take blood test, EKG, Cardio Stress Test and Unigram. He brought his colleague who is specialized in Engigram test and described me a procedure.
At the end of our first meeting, Dr. Yang said, “As a medical doctor, I will do my best to take care of your physical health medically, but as a human being, I want to give you theses passages and think about it once a whole and take good care of myself. I began reading them once a while and like them very much.
Rejoice! I will say it again, rejoice! Do not be anxious about anything. But in everything, by prayer and petition, present your requests to God. And the God of peace, who transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philipians 4:6-7.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believe in Him, shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
I was touched and inspired by the care of Dr. Yang, and his sensitivity to see the problems in my heart. I He wanted to take EKG right away but I had to come temple for the 3rdPlanning meeting for Women Leaders Summit on MGDs.
What are MDGs?
Millennium Developments Goals, 10 year summit review 9/20-22 at the UN and WBI participated.
- End Extreme Poverty and Hunger
- Material poverty
- Spiritual poverty
- Moral and ethical poverty
- Poverty is growing in USA
- Poverty in NYC, South Bronx, Harlem…
- Achieve Universal Primary Education
- Formal education
- Informal education
- Religious education
- Life time education
- Promote Gender Equality
- Gender inequality
- Violence against women-domestic violence right here in NYC
- NY Time in partnership with CNN, July 29, 2010 article on “Afghan Women and the Return of the Taliban”
- It is still happening here and now in NYC as well as Afghanistan
- WBI organizes Women Leaders Summit on MDGs and will build a coalition of Women Leaders to empower women to brighten and elevate humanity
- Reduce Child Deaths
- Improve Maternal Health
- Combat AIDS and Malaria
- Ensure Environmental Sustainability
- We are in a same boat. Regardless religions, cultures, color of skin, occupations, class we have to work together to make this boat safe and peaceful.
- Otherwise we will all die together.
- Sea level is rising…
- The whole earth may go under water if we continue to use fossil oil and omit CO2
- Change our mind
- Strengthen the Global Partnership
- We have to cooperate and co-exist peacefully
- Interdependent and interconnected
- 2ndEast-West Interreligious Retreat on MGD and G20
Ven. Chung Lee