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: How does all that duality gel with a person like yourself, who has spiritual values?

Brown: Not without great difficulty. I think to link spirituality and political action together we have to start with what I do each day, and how that will flow—whatever unity can emerge.

Levine: What do you think of the Buddhist idea that imposing your views on others causes them to suffer?

Brown: What would be an example of that?

Levine: One should have prayer in school; or that Buddhists who are generally against abortion, because they have the view that one shouldn't impose one's views on others, would oppose making abortion against the law.

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