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Blaming Buddhists for the Mueller "Witch Hunt"

Discussion in 'Political Debates' started by Morning Star Dhamma, Mar 24, 2019.

  1. Morning Star Dhamma

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    Following up on this thread, now Buddhist supporters of Trump are blaming Western Buddhists for the "web of lies" which Trump supporters claim was the sole basis for the Mueller probe. Read: Western Buddhists caught again in web of lies.

    I had no idea until recently that Trump's Base included so many Buddhists.
     
  2. sun rise

    sun rise "Let there be peace and love among all"
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    It seems like some have forgotten the precept of "right speech"

    Right speech means abstention (1) from telling lies, (2) from backbiting and slander and talk that may bring about hatred, enmity, disunity, and disharmony among individuals or groups of people, (3) from harsh, rude, impolite, malicious, and abusive language, and (4) from idle, useless, and foolish babble and gossip. When one abstains from these forms of wrong and harmful speech one naturally has to speak the truth, has to use words that are friendly and benevolent, pleasant and gentle, meaningful, and useful. One should not speak carelessly: speech should be at the right time and place. If one cannot say something useful, one should keep “noble silence.”

    https://tricycle.org/magazine/noble-eightfold-path/
     
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  3. Amanaki

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    As a buddhist my self i must say i find it strange that buddhists support any politics because politics is not something we should care about.
     
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  4. Jumi

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    Yes, it sounds weird to me that Buddhists would be attached to any type of politics.
     
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  5. crossfire

    crossfire Antinomian feminist heretic freak ☿
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    I have more productive things to do with my time--like meditate--than to work building a political Maara.
     
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  6. crossfire

    crossfire Antinomian feminist heretic freak ☿
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    I'll just park this line from Dhammapada XII here: No reason to build a political Maara.

    "162. Just as a single creeper strangles the tree on which it grows, even so, a man who is exceedingly depraved harms himself as only an enemy might wish."
     
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  7. Revoltingest

    Revoltingest Greased up & ready for action!
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    What people always do what they should?
     
  8. Amanaki

    Amanaki Well-Known Member

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    There will always be times we do thing we should avoid, but the more we learn aboutspiritual life the less we do wrong
     
  9. Morning Star Dhamma

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    My understanding is that Buddhists, just as anyone else, are "attached" to all kinds of things, for example, family, community, self-identity, service organizations, etc. They vote. They get married. They open businesses. The issue of "attachment" as I think you may be describing references the degree to which a person associates politics or whatever with the concept of, "this is me, this is mine, this is myself." As discussed in the other thread referenced in the OP, it is possible to be engaged in politics without being attached, or with varying degrees of attachment.
     
  10. Amanaki

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    Yes there are many who call them self buddhists, and much of it comes from tradition in the families, they do not strickly follow the buddhist teachings only those of us who are following it in a more strick way actually do what is asked of us :) and politics is not one of them
     
  11. Nowhere Man

    Nowhere Man Bompu Zen Man with a little bit of Bushido.

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    Are you kidding me? The Dharma combat alone is worth it. ;O}
     
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  12. Lyndon

    Lyndon "Peace is the answer" quote: GOD, 2014
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    The Buddha commented on politics and gave political advice in his advice to rulers.
     
  13. metis

    metis aged ecumenical anthropologist

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    It's far easier to read and basically understand the FNT and the EP than it is to live by them.
     
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