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With the presidential election approaching, Tricycle presents a special section, “Politics 2000”, to explore some of the religious and racial aspects specific to this election (see the discussion of Hsi Lai Temple by both Gustav Niebuhr and Russell Leong) and to present some Buddhists’ views on dharma, voting, and civic responsibility. 

Writers Charles Johnson and Neil Gordon as well as Thubten Chodron, an American nun in the Tibetan tradition, unequivocally urge Buddhists to vote; writer Anne Jeffries is not so sure. Yet they all present the essential challenge that confronts politically active Buddhists: How do you make a choice without getting attached to the choice that you make?

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