How do you feel about Buddhists getting involved in politics?

Discuss the application of the Dharma to situations of social, political, environmental and economic suffering and injustice.

0 to 9, with 9 being the most, how supportive are you of Buddhist communities engaging in politics?

0
18
25%
1
6
8%
2
0
No votes
3
1
1%
4
2
3%
5
7
10%
6
1
1%
7
0
No votes
8
2
3%
9
36
49%
 
Total votes: 73

deemoid
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Re: How do you feel about Buddhists getting involved in politics?

Post by deemoid » Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:31 pm

Some very thought provoking thoughts here from Lama Jampa Thaye


Bristollad
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Re: How do you feel about Buddhists getting involved in politics?

Post by Bristollad » Tue Oct 09, 2018 5:30 pm

I had to vote 0 - I don't support Buddhist communities being involved in politics at all. However, if the question was whether Buddhist individuals should get involved in politics, my vote would have been different.

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Empty Desire
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Re: How do you feel about Buddhists getting involved in politics?

Post by Empty Desire » Thu Oct 18, 2018 11:57 pm

Problem with Politics is it is corrupted from the start.

The Dharma isn't corrupted in and of itself.

Is Politics the concern of Mahamudra?

If you are someone who wants to improve a given situation in this time of which there are many. I think you'd need a strong practice to cope with the difficulties you would face in terms of an Activism.

If someone has that Karma then of course many people are suffering due to many circumstances, to seek to help others and succeed in some way is no bad thing with the correct intention.

Politics is duplicitous.

The Dharma isn't deceptive, but our obscurations of course are.
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Re: How do you feel about Buddhists getting involved in politics?

Post by joy&peace » Mon Oct 22, 2018 9:37 pm

absolutely it's good.

after all, Buddha preached dharma to kings.

immediately the main reason is for animal's rights. Most Buddhists believe animals have as much right to life as humans; that killing is wrong for them. So to make steps towards this is very good.
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