To change the world, says Jan Willis, we need hope. And hope grows from nonviolent actions, no matter how small.
“When I recognize the pain I feel because of loss,” says Sylvia Boorstein, “I am respectful of its presence and kind to myself.”
Buddhist practice is inherently political, so here are eight views on how to move society along the path to liberation from political suffering.
As Noah Levine says, it may be that all we can do is make wise choices as to who we think will bring about less suffering and confusion to the world. That, he says, is where our Buddhist practice becomes a form of engaged rebellion
The reason it’s so hard to make decisions, says Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, is that we’re confused about what we really want. If we’re motivated by the happiness and welfare of others, we’ll have no trouble making clear and wise decisions.
“And if peace is their goal, they will in the field of politics be themselves peace embodied,” Charles R. Johnson on the principles of enlightened politics
Where dharma meets the “art of the possible.” A discussion with Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown, Roshi Bernie Glassman, and James Gimian.
Barry Boyce talks to Irshad Manji about her new book, The Trouble with Islam, and her call for an age of Islamic reform.
Thich Nhat Hanh, in his address to congress, says only listening, mindfulness and communication can remove the perceptions that underlie violence.
As potent as narrative truth can be, says Barry Boyce, narrative falsity is just as potent. So don’t believe your own press releases.