Category Archives: Politics

What Now? (part 2)

In my last post, written in the week immediately following Donald Trump’s inauguration as president, I suggested two practices that might be of value during the troubling times to come – be more continuously mindful, and become more effectively engaged.  For the past … Continue reading

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What now?

In my last post, I argued that candidate Donald Trump was unfit to be president of the United States for a multitude of reasons, not the least of which were his manifest shortcomings in two of the most essential Buddhist … Continue reading

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An anniversary post, and a political plea

Today, the Engaged Mindfulness blog turns five years old.  In preparation for  this fifth-anniversary milestone, I recently scrolled back to my first post, “The Paradox of ‘Engaged Mindfulness’”, published on October 18th, 2011.  As I re-read it, I was struck by two … Continue reading

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Dismal Prospects: The Looming World of Wealth Inequality

A film I recently saw, and a book I’ve just finished reading, both have me contemplating the growing world-wide phenomenon of wealth inequality with a renewed sense of urgency. The film is Elysium, a science fiction thriller set in a … Continue reading

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What We Could Build

One of the more absurd episodes in last year’s U.S. presidential contest came about after President Obama made the following remarks during a campaign appearance in Roanoke, Virginia, in July 2012: …. look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get … Continue reading

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Robert Thurman’s “Politics of Enlightenment”

I recently came across an extraordinary essay by renowned Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman, in which he examines the potential contribution that Buddhism can make to the American political process.  It is such an inspiring explicitation of the principles that infuse … Continue reading

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