Re: Buddhism & Politics (and History)

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Posted by SkySitter ( on November 02, 2000 at 03:54:54:

In Reply to: Re: Buddhism & Politics posted by Pat on November 02, 2000 at 03:16:32:

: Actually, I haven't seen a genuine hippie in over thirty years.

: The problem is that big wigs like Robert Thurman, Ph.D., and Tricycle magazine express a pervasive, leftist slant. I find this especially remarkable considering the Buddhist experience under Communist regimes over the past half century. Maybe it's also an aspect of professional academia.

: It's good to know that there are such things as Republican Buddhists - at least they have been spotted in the wild.

: Thanks for the feedback. I appreciate it.

: Pat

In 2000 years back, when Mahayana is breaking away from the elders, "They are too conservative" cried the young monks. All the way to Chan/Zen and Tibetan, there have been struggles between the conservative and the liberal.

However, you are not going to find much in scriptures regarding the political views. Buddha didn't stay home and become a good king himself. A complete liberation goes a little bit beyond the political minds.

A war hero can be a good Buddhist, a wealthy businessman can be a good Buddhist, and a priest can be a good Buddhist.

(On the other hand, we want to make good Buddhists out from beings in hell and among hungery ghosts, and Demoncrates as well as Republicans...)

(By the way, HH Dalai Lama is on the "Reformed" side of the traditional Tibetan Buddhism, that in turn is on the "liberal" side of the traditional Buddhism. AT least in my view from my limited reading of the history.)

: : You got to stop hanging out with hippies. Many of my Buddhist friends are Republicans: small government, big tax cuts, etc.

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