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Where is Buddhist Representation in Washington?

In 1996, I seen a lot of religious groups disregarding Separation of Church and State, and pushing biblical view on the diverse population regardless of others own religious belief and respect for others.  I was disturbed that I didn’t see any Buddhist speaking out against these policies.  I contacted one Buddhist temple, and asked the priest why I wasn’t seeing any Buddhist leaders speaking out against the in equality’s taking place, and he said because their not suppose to.

We have laws, common laws and basic understandings of Separation of Church and State, not to mention IRS tax codes to follow and respect, so why wouldn’t the Buddhist temples comply, they should.  However, were living in a country where it appears that other faiths are no longer honoring our laws, and now we have no voice against the those who wish to oppress us.  Buddhist temples are being target with hate in America, and I’ve heard several Christian preachers call Buddhist devil worshipers, even when the “devil” is a Christian god, not a Buddhist god.  Buddhism has concepts of hell realms, but they are only concepts like bad day’s, or periods of time when your going through hard times as a result of your own actions.

Buddhists have been in America for more than one hundred fifty years.  Their are Buddhist temple, schools, charity’s and universities all over America.  So, surely Buddhist should also have representation in Washington, as other faith based initiative groups are in attendance.

No Buddhists in Washington?

“Religious Literacy Dictionary” in Stephen Prothero’s 2007 bestseller, Religious Literacy, devotes less than two pages to “Buddhism,” but spends seven lines making the point that “Buddhists have not been particularly active in American politics.” This notion, accurate or not, is probably the perception of most Americans, many of whom have little real awareness of the 2,500-year-old tradition to begin with. It may also explain why President Obama’s 25-member Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships (which just launched its official Web site) currently lacks a Buddhist representative, despite the presence of at least one appointee from the other four major world religions. [read full article]

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Progressive thinking has been around for a long time. Open your mind.

Eastern thought or medicine is not a “new age” thing. 

It’s an ancient belief and practice.  Not sure who started saying that eastern medicine is a new age thing or that Buddhism is a “new age” spiritual practice, both of which are much older than western medicine or religions that are not ancient.

Healing & Spirituality | Buddhism and molecular physics intertwine

……  The idea of structural theory is similar to the Buddhist notion of all events and objects beings linked to each other,” he said.

Giving an interesting twist to conventional religious doctrine, Geshe Nyma said that “contradictions in scientific theory, much like debate in philosophy is always welcome in the scheme of Buddhism, since it encourages thought and therefore progress.”

Though Quantum Physics might apparently have little to do with Buddhist philosophy, the monk explained by saying that “the idea that things like time and space as not fixed, absolute has moved it to the realm of philosophical thinking.” Moving on to molecular physics, Geshe Nyma noted that “some Daribazaron of the earliest Buddhist scriptures had theorised on the atomic structure of matter, which had then branched off into the idea of existence and nothingness at later times.”

Delving into psychology, the Buddhist scholar observed that “while modern psychology and neuro-science has established the fact that the human mind works at multiple levels – the conscious, the subconscious and the unconscious, the idea toes the line with the Buddhist notion of chitta and siddha, that of the conscious mind and the ‘settled’ mind that may be roused through meditative practices.”

[Read the full article of Buddhism and molecular physics intertwine]

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