Politics

  • Buddhists in the House Paid Member

    Did you know that Hawaii's membership in the House of Representatives in 2011 will be 100% Buddhist? There are two House members from the Aloha State: Democrat Mazie Hirono and newly elected Colleen Hanabusa, also a Democrat and currently president of Hawaii's Senate. Hanabusa defeated Republican Charles Djou to win the seat representing the 1st district, which covers urban Honolulu, while Hirono represents the 2nd district, which covers suburban Honolulu and the rest of the islands. Both are of Japanese heritage and Wikipedia names both women as Shin Buddhists. More »
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    100+ Western Buddhist teachers sign letter to President Obama Paid Member

      Over 100 Western Buddhist teachers have joined together and signed a letter to President Obama "imploring [him] to repudiate the results" of the upcoming "sham" elections in Burma. The letter reads: More »
  • Thousands of Tibetan students protest China's plan to use only Mandarin in Tibetan schools Paid Member

    Thousands of Tibetan students in western China are protesting against a proposed plan to eliminate or curb the use of Tibetan in schools. The plan advocates switching to Mandarin, China's official language. Via the New York Times: The protests are among the largest in Tibetan areas since the March 2008 uprising that began in Lhasa and spread across the Tibetan plateau. But unlike those protests, these have been peaceful and have involved mostly students. A protest against the proposed policies was also held in Beijing on Friday afternoon, drawing hundreds of Tibetan students at a prominent university that specializes in teaching ethnic minorities, according to witness reports and photographs. More »
  • Buddhist History for Buddhist Practitioners Part 2: History and Authority Paid Member

    At the Tricycle Community, we're hosting a discussion on Andrew Cooper's Tricycle article "History and Authority." (This was the working title of the article that was published as "What the Buddha Taught?") We've posted quite a few controversial articles in our day, and this one really hits a lot of key points to make the serious practitioner think about his or her tradition. Cooper writes that though we tend to think of religions being eternal and unchanging, the opposite is true: More »
  • Christine O'Donnell "dabbled" in Buddhism Paid Member

    These days it seems that there isn't much that Christine O'Donnell hasn't "dabbled" in. Now we can add Buddhism to the list of spiritual practices that O'Donnell experimented with before becoming a Christian. In a newly released clip taken from a July 1999 taping of Bill Maher's show, the current Tea Party candidate for Delware's senate seat mentions her passing interest in Buddhism, as well as her inability to commit to becoming a Hare Krishna because of her love for meatballs: O’Donnell: I was dabbling into every other kind of religion before I became a Christian… Maher: You were a witch. O’Donnell: I was. I was… Maher: You were. More »
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    Buddhist monks banned from voting in elections Paid Member

    Bhutan has banned Buddhist and Hindu clergy from voting in the nation's upcoming elections. The rule is part of a continuing effort to separate religion from politics. From the BeliefNet report: Officials in Buddhist-majority Bhutan have barred Hindu and Buddhist clergy from voting in upcoming elections in order to keep a clear distinction between religion and politics. The landlocked Himalayan nation considers Mahayana Buddhism the state religion and funds a large monastic community, but also requires religion to be above politics. The country's regulatory authority on religious organizations is now busy identifying Buddhist and Hindu clergy who should be barred from voting. More »