The first Buddhist U.S. president?

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The first Buddhist U.S. president?

Postby Jechbi » Thu Jan 08, 2009 6:05 am

Okay, this is obviously toungue-in-cheek, but still.

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Re: The first Buddhist U.S. president?

Postby retrofuturist » Fri Jan 09, 2009 5:51 am

Obama is cool 8-)

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Re: The first Buddhist U.S. president?

Postby Ben » Fri Jan 09, 2009 6:13 am

Thanks Jechbi

I have been reading Once upon a time in America by Don Watson in The Monthly, Dec 08:
Its an excellent piece.

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Re: The first Buddhist U.S. president?

Postby christopher::: » Fri Jan 09, 2009 10:47 am

Very nice! While i doubt he'll ever call himself a Buddhist Obama does seem to be more in tune with his Buddha Nature than most leaders on this planet...
"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
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Re: The first Buddhist U.S. president?

Postby David N. Snyder » Fri Jan 09, 2009 8:46 pm

Obama may not be Buddhist, but apparent his sister is a Buddhist! ... f=magazine

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Re: The first Buddhist U.S. president?

Postby Ngawang Drolma. » Fri Jan 16, 2009 6:24 pm

That is really cool :toast:

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Re: The first Buddhist U.S. president?

Postby bodom » Fri Jan 16, 2009 6:29 pm

I like the Obamas. Change is coming!

The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah

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