Buddhism and Politics, Awkward Bedfellows

Buddhism and Politics, Awkward Bedfellows

Venerable Tenzin Tharpa
August 20, 2020

As the United States and many other countries gear up for yet more historic elections, many wonder what role, we as Buddhists, have in politics. I personally have been involved in groups where the leaders made a point to tell their students not to get involved in politics. For myself, I’m informed by the compassion and sense of responsibility that arises from my practice, and believe we as Buddhists have an ethical responsibility to support the principles that guide our own lives; principles we hold and embrace as followers of the Buddha’s teachings; principles that lead to a more awakened society. Therefore I believe, as Buddhists, we have an ethical obligation to all sentient life to keep ourselves informed about the political landscape and to weigh in on the daily struggle between clarity and ignorance that shapes all of our lives and the life of our planet. So, regardless of political views and affiliations let our shared Buddhist values guide and inform your choices in this year’s voting cycle. 

Support and vote – truth and compassion
Support and vote – wisdom and understanding
Support and vote – maturity and honesty
Support and vote – inclusion and fairness
Support and vote – goodness and responsibility

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Venerable Tenzin Tharpa is a wandering monk, philosopher, and teacher. Trained within the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism, Ven. Tharpa lives his life traveling and teaching, while continuously exploring and learning from the various traditions of spirituality in all their magnificent forms. To support his work or download his free and original study material go to: TenzinTharpa.com