A personal blog by a graying (mostly Anglo with light African-American roots) gay leftist leaning liberal progressive fit married college-educated former Baha'i NPR-listening Professor Emeritus now following the Dharma from California to Minas Gerais, Brasil.
Friday, November 11, 2016
ViaTricycle: Buddhist Teachings for Post-Election Healing
It is not possible
To control all external events
But, if I simply control my mind,
What need is there to control other things?
anger, fear, and confusion that has rippled through the country for
some time came to a head last night when Donald J. Trump was elected the
45th president of the United States. Regardless of your political
affiliation, it’s undeniable that the nation has entered uncharted
territory. Here in New York City, where Tricycle is headquartered, the
tension is palpable.
do the Buddhist teachings have to offer us in such times of stress,
turbulence, and uncertainty? In sum: the radical notion that when we
cultivate an equanimous mind, even the most extreme external
circumstances do not hold sway.
Here are five essays and one video teaching that offer refuge amid great
anxiety and change. Consider these pieces a Buddhist “care package” to
inspire healing in the often acrimonious and dispiriting atmosphere of
the recent political upheaval.