[OceanofDharma] Quotes of the Week: Electing a President: Change
Takes the Work of Centuries
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Ocean of Dharma Quotes of the Week
October 20, 2004
ELECTING A PRESIDENT: CHANGE TAKES THE WORK OF CENTURIES
Question: This is...an election year [ in the United States]. People will
be going to the polls in November to elect a new president, new
congressmen, and in a great many states governors as well....
Is there, from a Buddhist standpoint, a way to prepare yourself
when you go to the polls to make these difficult decisions?
Chogyam Trungpa: Well, I think even if you had a most enlightened
president, things still wouldn't be different, because he too inherits the
political setup and economic traditions of the country. So he also is
trapped in a particular chain reaction. You can't have an ideal solution. I
suppose the best approach is a long-term approach...a slow approach. It is
similar to trying to shift gears into some kind of element of sanity that
exists in your particular realm, your particular congressman or president,
and trying to follow it up.
It is not so much what we should be doing this year alone but that
we should follow it up all the time, trying to develop some kind of
continuity in a different direction, rather than purely believing that
there is going to be tremendous good news if the right president is
elected. Somehow, that is not going to work. It takes the work of
centuries. But I think it is possible; it is up to people to change, to
take part and pay attention, if they can do so.
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 422-423.
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