Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly is a production of THIRTEEN in association with WNET. Visit www.pbs.org/religionandethics for additional information. Show #1542 is fed over PBS on Friday, June 15 at 5:00 p.m. (check local listings).
• Healthy Visions – One of the most critical times in a young person’s life is the high school years, a time during which many teens suffer from, low self-esteem and experiment with drugs and unsafe sex. Judy Valente reports on Healthy Visions, a successful values-based program in Ohio and northern Kentucky public schools, that attempts to deal with the issues teenagers confront
• Abbot Nicholas Vreeland - The Dalai Lama has appointed an American Buddhist monk, Nicholas Vreeland, to be abbot of Rato monastery in India, one of the most important monasteries in Tibetan Buddhism. The Tibetan spiritual leader instructed Vreeland to be “a bridge between East and West.” Vreeland will divide his time between the monastery and the Tibet Center in New York. Vreeland was a photographer before his conversion to Buddhism, and he is the grandson of fashion icon Diana Vreeland. Kim Lawton talks to Vreeland about his path into Buddhism and the challenges of his new position.