Sometimes the truth can be subjected. Understanding that will allow you to get beyond self. It all begins in childhood. We are brought up in a small restrictive environment.
A Buddhist Perspective on Birthers I agreed that the questioning of the president's birth place was a conscious form of race baiting, and I considered that day a very sad day in this country, illuminating a great deal of divisiveness, bigotry, and ignorance. The long form had the same information as the short form, which he had released years ago, and reiterated the same truth.
Anyone who comprehends that Hawaii is in fact a state in the United States of America knows that same truth -- Barack Obama is a natural born citizen, and a legitimately elected President.
I agreed with New Yorker editor David Remnickwho, while appearing on television, directly named the questioning of the president's birth place as a conscious form of race baiting, and I considered that day a very sad day in this country, illuminating a great deal of divisiveness, bigotry, and ignorance.
Strangely, on that same day, for the first time in my life I received a message of hate via email. It came in on my website account, with the subject line, " Stinking Jews. I'm not sure on what authority the writer was stating that Buddhism doesn't "need" any Jews.
A lot of Buddhists and Jews would be very surprised to hear that Jews should be excluded from exploring the ethical teachings, the meditation methods, and the compassionate dimensions of Buddhism.
I remembered during his inaugural address, President Obama called this a nation of Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus and non-believers.
I was standing there in the freezing cold, in that crowd of millions, and murmured, "What about Buddhists?
Neimoller's well known poem, describing the dangers of political apathy, recalled his experience in Nazi Germany: First they came for the communists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me. Being born Jewish, I personally don't make it past the third line to face the loneliness and terror of the last.
But everybody in this country, even if you are not a communist or trade unionist or Jew or person of color or immigrant should take heed: Staying silent in the face of bigotry resolves nothing -- eventually there will be no place to hide.
We can confront lies with the truth without demonizing anyone, and we have to, or ignorance gets stronger and stronger. We can stay connected to the dignity of our being no matter what trash comes our way, and we need to, for our own sake and to model a possibility for others. When we see someone else getting knocked down and we feel privileged and immune, we need to remind ourselves to guess again -- life just isn't like that, all tidy and static, without cycles of vulnerability and change.
We don't know whose turn will be next, while we do know that without a legion of truth-tellers, it will be someone's.New research provides evidence that the personal religious beliefs of United States Senators influence their legislative behavior.
The study was published in The Journal of the Scientific Study of Religion.
“I became interested in the topic of the influence of religion on politics after moving to. Personal Perspective When this paper was first assigned to us I didn't have any clue as to which Asian American religion was worth doing research on.
As timed passed and more thought was given to the project I finally decided to go with Buddhism. And, my favorite essay, "No right, no wrong" in which Pema Chödrön relates Buddhism & psychology: pp.
Pema Chödrön-"Psychotherapy has a lot to offer Buddhism in terms of the language & because it really deals with people's suffering/5(6). This field of study focuses on the history and lived experience of religion within the United States, while recognizing transnational linkages with religious developments in Canada and Latin America.
Buddhism Beyond Borders: New Perspectives on Buddhism in the United States Tweed’s application of his “translocative” approach to religion to the study of Buddhism in the United States.
Seeing religion as “confluences of organic-cultural flows,” Tweed. Religious symbolism in the United States military includes the use of religious symbols for military chaplain insignia, uniforms, emblems, flags, and chapels; symbolic gestures, actions, and words used in military rituals and ceremonies; and religious symbols or designations used in areas such as headstones and markers in national cemeteries, and military ID tags ("dog tags").