Politics

  • The man who would be king Paid Member

    What does the 17-year-old descendant of Tibetan royalty do during a visit to New York? In "The King and Us," New York Times journalist Dorothy Spears recounts her experience hosting Namgyal Wangchuk Lhagyari Trichen—the descendant of three ruling monarchs of Tibet—at her Manhattan home. More »
  • Will Guam tip over and capsize? Paid Member

    That's one Buddhist congressman's concern. Representing Georgia's 4th District, Hank Johnson (D) is fighting off a "Yank Hank" campaign led by fellow Democrats who want his seat (with Dems like these, who needs Republicans?). About Guam—Atlanta's NBC TV affiliate reports: In an Armed Services Committee meeting, Admiral Robert Millard asked Mr. Johnson about his concerns. Congressman Johnson told Admiral Miller that his biggest fear was " [Guam] will tip over...and capsize". Admiral Miller responded to the literal translation of that statement by responding " we do not anticipate that." Rep. Johnson has responded to the critics by reiterating that he used the statement only as a metaphor. That's quite a metaphor—or is it a koan? More »
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    The Race in California Paid Member

    Two weeks into the California gubernatorial race the two key candidates, who couldn’t be more dissimilar, are fighting for the center. As one Times columnist wrote in her piece "The Golden (State) Mean," More »
  • Language Classes for Peace Paid Member

    Express India reports that Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka will begin taking Tamil language classes. The classes are part of an effort to "create greater harmony and heal the decades-old animosity between the majority Sinhalas and minority Hindu communities," according to the report. The Sinhalese are traditionally Buddhist. Tamil-speaking Hindus represent the largest ethnic minority in Sri Lanka. In 1970, Tamils formed a movement seeking an autonomous Tamil state in response to perceived discrimination by the Sinhalese majority. The effort caused a political rift in Sri Lanka that eventually led to a violent thirty-year civil war that has devastated the country. More »
  • "Abbey Dharma" on Politics: Respect Others' Opinions Paid Member

    I think that calling oneself a Buddhist implies a dedication to non-greed, non-hatred, and non-delusion—a dedication that certainly transcends political stance. It would be wonderful if our sanghas welcomed political diversity and used practices of skillful speech to explain our opinions to one another. In situations that do not feel combative to me, I can work collegially. I can modify my position to accommodate others. I can recognize situations in which an attachment to a particular view has kept me from realizing a larger truth. What if we, as Buddhists in communities, were a model for the world political community? Sylvia Boorstein, "Dear Abbey Dharma" (Summer 2010) Click here to to read the complete article. Sign up to receive Tricycle's Daily Dharma emails here. More »
  • World Cup 2010: Oh Peace, Korea Paid Member

    As political tension rises between South Korea and North Korea, Euronews.net reports that a Buddhist temple in Seoul organized a live viewing of the North Korea vs. Portugal world cup game in order to promote peace between the two Korean nations. One thousand South Koreans gathered at the event in Seoul on Monday to cheer on the North Korean team. From Euronews.net: “Oh Peace, Korea” was the theme of the event, organised by the Bong Eun Sa Buddhist temple in southern Seoul along with a welfare group and a local radio station. Undeterred, a crowd gathered as darkness fell to watch the North Korea-Portugal clash on a giant screen in the temple parking lot, or on 30 TV screens inside. More »