Politics and Prayer

Jerry Brown talks with Les Levine

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Jerry Brown, the former governor of California, was a candidate for the 1992 Democratic Presidential nomination. He was interviewed for Tricycle by Les Levine, an internationally known media artist and longtime Buddhist practitioner. The interview took place in September at Les Levine's studio in New York City. The art is by Les Levine, the photographs by Jeri Coppola.



Levine:
Do you have any insight as to what that was about?

Brown: It's about complete giving. Mother Theresa always talks about Jesus. She takes your hand and says, "What He did for me and what He does with me, He does to you. What you do to the person in front of you, that's what you do to Jesus." There's a oneness, a nonseparation among all peoplethat's God. That's the ultimate reality right therethat's the practice.

Levine: A Buddhist could say that what you do to the person in front of you is what you do to your mind. You could take that position, because you become your action.

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