Dharma and Politics, by Jack Kornfield
Whether the political sphere you are involved in be the heady hieghts of Washington or your local nieghbourhood, or even just within your family this piece is relevant. For don’t be fooled, politics is not just what we see white men in suits doing on the television. Politics is everywhere because politics is the power relationships that exist throughout society.
“But how, as dharma practitioners, do we find our own place in a complex political world, and find a way towards peace? Our first task is to make our own heart a zone of peace. Instead of becoming entangled in an embattled bitterness, or cynicism that exists externally, we need to begin to heal those qualities within ourselves. We have to face our own suffering, our own fear, and transform them into compassion. Only then can we become ready to offer genuine help to the outside world. Albert Camus writes, “We all carry within us our places of exile, our crimes, our ravages. Our task is not to unleash them on the world; it is to transform them in ourselves.”