Saturday, July 4, 2015

Today's Daily Dharma: American Buddhism Calls for Participation

American Buddhism Calls for Participation
In this historical moment when American democratic ideals of freedom, civility, pluralism, altruism, and individualism make America the most comfortable home on earth for the individual pursuit of enlightenment, it is an essential form of Buddhist practice to participate in politics, to vote, to speak out, to encourage those who agree, to reason with those who disagree. It is wisdom. It is meditation. It is compassion. It is ethics.
 
Robert A. F. Thurman, "The Politics of Enlightenment"