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No Buddhists in Washington?
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Re: No Buddhists in Washington?
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2009, 11:39:25 am »
This is a truly interesting article~ thank you for sharing!  <3
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Re: No Buddhists in Washington?
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2009, 06:20:53 pm »
My thoughts on this are that being truly active in politics would be better left to those who are already liberated, whereas for me, the freedoms and favorable conditions of this human birth, so rarely attained, have at long last been attained by me but may not last past my next breath. Of course, if I'm to be honest, that doesn't stop me from haplessly wasting my time doing mundane things for pleasure, but that's something I'm aspiring and endeavoring to gradually change. Also, not having conquered the mental and emotional afflictions, I am subject to the blazing up of the passions and making biased or otherwise misguided decisions where the welfare of others is concerned, which would have negative consequences for me (karmically) which would create obstacles to attaining buddhahood for others, and in this life wouldn't result in true benefit for others. Plus, all this would be for the sake of a relatively short period of time, whereas enlightenment enables one to work for the benefit of others until all beings are liberated.

So, for me, a more suitable aspiration in this life is to truly renounce mundane pursuits so I can maximize my opportunity for lasting, significant realization in this life, through which I may be of lasting and truly wise and compassionate benefit and service to others until all beings are liberated.

Maybe it would be worthwhile to aspire that when I become a Buddha, that one type of emanation that I send forth be dedicated to becoming a politician with the actual benefit and welfare of beings in mind.

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Re: No Buddhists in Washington?
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2009, 06:27:54 pm »
My thoughts on this are that being truly active in politics would be better left to those who are already liberated, whereas for me, the freedoms and favorable conditions of this human birth, so rarely attained, have at long last been attained by me but may not last past my next breath. Of course, if I'm to be honest, that doesn't stop me from haplessly wasting my time doing mundane things for pleasure, but that's something I'm aspiring and endeavoring to gradually change. Also, not having conquered the mental and emotional afflictions, I am subject to the blazing up of the passions and making biased or otherwise misguided decisions where the welfare of others is concerned, which would have negative consequences for me (karmically) which would create obstacles to attaining buddhahood for others, and in this life wouldn't result in true benefit for others. Plus, all this would be for the sake of a relatively short period of time, whereas enlightenment enables one to work for the benefit of others until all beings are liberated.

So, for me, a more suitable aspiration in this life is to truly renounce mundane pursuits so I can maximize my opportunity for lasting, significant realization in this life, through which I may be of lasting and truly wise and compassionate benefit and service to others until all beings are liberated.

Maybe it would be worthwhile to aspire that when I become a Buddha, that one type of emanation that I send forth be dedicated to becoming a politician with the actual benefit and welfare of beings in mind.

And if other Buddhists feel like you do (and I'm SURE many do), then that's why we don't have Buddhists in politics....  :namaste:  

we are too busy  :meditating: and  :bow: and  <3
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Re: No Buddhists in Washington?
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2009, 11:34:46 pm »
actually there are some Buddhist in D.C. Mazie Keiko Hirono is a represenative from Hawaii and was elected in 2006 as was Hank Johsnon from Georgia.

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Re: No Buddhists in Washington?
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2010, 09:14:34 am »
actually there are some Buddhist in D.C. Mazie Keiko Hirono is a represenative from Hawaii and was elected in 2006 as was Hank Johsnon from Georgia.

Well there are many Buddhist in the DC area including several hundred-perhaps several thousand living in DC itself.  There is little Buddhists visibility in national offices as the enumeration of the two Buddhists in Congress highlights.

However President Obama grew up in Hawaii and Hawaii has a very visible minority Buddhist presence. 

We should perhaps learn more about the topic (who appoints the representatives to the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships?) and then request that a Buddhist representative be appointed.  Since this is the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships based on the actual demographics in New York City, California, Hawaii and probably Washington State, there are numerous neighborhoods in which Buddhists would form a substantial percentage of the population (of course the US doesn't incorporate religion in census activities but rough religious mapping can be deduced).

Kirt

 


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