[OceanofDharma] Quotes of the Week: Politics: Trying to Change the
Karmic Chain Reaction
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Ocean of Dharma Quotes of the Week
October 13, 2004
POLITICS: TRYING TO CHANGE THE KARMIC CHAIN REACTION
I think the Buddhist idea of a politician is not so much one of a con man
or of a businessman who wins favor with everybody, but someone who simply
does what is necessary....I think in this country [the United States],
politics are based on a kind of bad-mouthing and trying to speak out, which
is all right, but which usually amounts to not knowing what to say; one is
just copying someone else's aggression. Then aggression starts to snowball.
In some sense, the main point is responsibility, which is important in how
the government is run, how the situation is organized, not just ignoring
everything completely and regarding it as a bad job....
From a Buddhist point of view, there is some sense of taking an
interest, we could say for the sake of all sentient beings. This means we
should take part. This does not mean to say you have to take part in riots
or blowing up banks or anything like that. But it means to undertake some
kind of process whereby you try as much as possible to at least eliminate
the byproducts that you inherit. When you begin to do that, then you begin
to have a feeling that a fresh start is taking place....[The byproducts
are] our long term inheritance from problems that took place before and of
which we are still victims. Try to change this karmic chain reaction. Just
From "A Buddhist Approach to Politics: An Interview with Chogyam
Trungpa," conducted by Karl Ray and first published in the SHAMBHALA REVIEW
OF BOOKS AND IDEAS 5, nos. 1 & 2, Winter 1976. Now available in THE
COLLECTED WORKS OF CHOGYAM TRUNGPA, Volume Eight, pages 420-421.
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