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14. The Buddha teaches compassion, strenght through introspection
passivity and a love for nature. I have no doubt that my religious views have influenced my political ones (I am a Buddhist) though I am considerably more conservative than the mainline theology. Buddhist teachings are much like the teachings of many religious prophets, preaching love, tolerance, and social justice. Buddhists are often encouraged to be compassionate, that indeed fate draws us to the lives we live and that those less fortunate must be helped instead of looked down upon.

Still, Buddhism, like any religion, can be twisted and turned to serve political needs. Jesus preached turning ones cheek but here Bush, self-appointed God's man on earth, struck first.

It's becuase of this I strongly believe that there should be separation between religious ideology and politics, not becuase religion will corrupt politics but instead the other way around.
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  -If Buddhism were a political party what would be its platform? sweetheart  Aug-26-03 09:47 AM   #0 
  - compassion  Mari333   Aug-26-03 09:48 AM   #1 
  - Do cats have Buddha Nature?  TahitiNut   Aug-26-03 10:38 AM   #31 
     - Mu-eow!  maha   Aug-27-03 06:00 PM   #82 
  - simple platform  ontheMark   Aug-26-03 09:52 AM   #2 
  - Simpler  charlie   Aug-26-03 09:54 AM   #5 
  - "My religion is loving kindness."  TahitiNut   Aug-26-03 10:42 AM   #33 
  - That is beautiful.  sweetheart   Aug-26-03 10:49 AM   #37 
     - ... one ...  TahitiNut   Aug-26-03 10:56 AM   #40 
  - the idea attempting to "be nice" is an UN-Buddhist concept  roughsatori   Aug-26-03 02:13 PM   #67 
     - "attempting" is the operative word...  Flubadubya   Aug-27-03 06:07 PM   #83 
     - this is why i think conservatism is wise  sweetheart   Aug-27-03 06:29 PM   #86 
  - Everybody Bodhisattva.  Octafish   Aug-26-03 09:53 AM   #3 
  - its gotta be mayayana (great raft)  sweetheart   Aug-26-03 07:49 PM   #77 
  - I think you answer your own question  Terwilliger   Aug-26-03 09:53 AM   #4 
  - I agree with all of the above...it wouldn't be politcal...but  magnolia   Aug-26-03 09:56 AM   #7 
     - I love it.  belab13   Aug-26-03 10:05 AM   #15 
     - that's a platform I would support  Terwilliger   Aug-26-03 10:24 AM   #24 
  - Another dishonest argument for  sangh0   Aug-26-03 09:55 AM   #6 
  - i did not explain that well  sweetheart   Aug-26-03 10:01 AM   #10 
     - More propoganda  sangh0   Aug-26-03 10:07 AM   #18 
        - good, i don't know where i got that  sweetheart   Aug-26-03 10:11 AM   #20 
  - I'm afraid it would be right-wing...  David__77   Aug-26-03 09:58 AM   #8 
  - Buddhism is quite different from Hinduism so you're analogy doesn't fit  plurality   Aug-26-03 10:00 AM   #9 
  - Not true  sangh0   Aug-26-03 10:04 AM   #13 
  - well as we've seen religious governments of any sorts have those tendencie  plurality   Aug-26-03 11:00 AM   #42 
     - the structure of Buddhism itself is not anarchical  sujan   Aug-26-03 11:02 AM   #44 
        - Must anarchists cooperate? Can they?  TahitiNut   Aug-26-03 11:13 AM   #51 
        - why not?  sujan   Aug-26-03 11:14 AM   #52 
        - granted the current structure is not, but I think...  plurality   Aug-26-03 12:07 PM   #65 
           - Tao Teh Ching  sujan   Aug-26-03 12:10 PM   #66 
  - every religion has its sutras  sweetheart   Aug-26-03 10:08 AM   #19 
  - "ruled by the hare krishna's"??  TahitiNut   Aug-26-03 10:49 AM   #35 
  - I have know conservative buddhists, and had to scratch my head.  Liberal_Guerilla   Aug-27-03 06:35 PM   #87 
  - the anarchist conundrum  sweetheart   Aug-26-03 10:25 AM   #25 
  - Misrepresenting the Dalai Lama  sangh0   Aug-26-03 10:28 AM   #27 
     - Like 7-up is the "uncola" ...  TahitiNut   Aug-26-03 11:02 AM   #43 
     - church and state  sweetheart   Aug-26-03 11:58 AM   #64 
        - You are being incoherent  sangh0   Aug-26-03 02:55 PM   #71 
           - It has and always will have one  sweetheart   Aug-26-03 07:32 PM   #75 
  - I would not say right wing...  TSElliott   Aug-26-03 11:49 AM   #60 
  - The closest political philosophy  imhotep   Aug-26-03 10:03 AM   #11 
  - There is no behavior outside of Buddha Nature  sangh0   Aug-26-03 10:06 AM   #17 
  - obviously you don't have children  maggrwaggr   Aug-26-03 10:13 AM   #21 
  - I agree with that  cprise   Aug-26-03 11:08 AM   #46 
  - Well, that must explain ...  TahitiNut   Aug-26-03 11:18 AM   #53 
  - provocative post.  belab13   Aug-26-03 10:03 AM   #12 
  - how is Buddhism a religion?  rman   Aug-26-03 10:50 AM   #38 
     - Are those the requirements for a 'religion'?  htuttle   Aug-26-03 10:54 AM   #39 
     - You are just wrong.  roughsatori   Aug-26-03 02:32 PM   #68 
     - that religion part  sweetheart   Aug-27-03 07:41 AM   #79 
  - The Buddha teaches compassion, strenght through introspection  Doomsayer13   Aug-26-03 10:04 AM   #14 
  - Hmmmm...  TahitiNut   Aug-26-03 11:09 AM   #48 
     - (WHACK!)  htuttle   Aug-26-03 11:11 AM   #50 
  - It would follow the three tenets of Buddhism  htuttle   Aug-26-03 10:06 AM   #16 
  - wait ... that sounds like ... Jesus!  maggrwaggr   Aug-26-03 10:15 AM   #22 
  - I dont think he ever said that  Terwilliger   Aug-26-03 10:26 AM   #26 
     - You might be right  sangh0   Aug-26-03 10:29 AM   #28 
        - but?  Terwilliger   Aug-26-03 11:00 AM   #41 
           - "god does live"??  TahitiNut   Aug-26-03 11:07 AM   #45 
           - "Zzzzzz  Flubadubya   Aug-27-03 06:24 PM   #85 
           - I think of it as a metaphor, also but ...  bloom   Aug-26-03 05:32 PM   #74 
  - The four Noble Truths would greatly  alfredo   Aug-26-03 10:19 AM   #23 
     - The last spoke in the wheel  sweetheart   Aug-26-03 10:38 AM   #32 
        - Been there, done that.  TahitiNut   Aug-26-03 10:45 AM   #34 
        - Scrape those seeds first  charlie   Aug-26-03 10:49 AM   #36 
           - That explains the nausea  sweetheart   Aug-26-03 11:10 AM   #49 
              - Kiva ..  tlcandie   Aug-26-03 11:20 AM   #54 
              - kiva indeed  sweetheart   Aug-27-03 06:16 PM   #84 
              - Not to turn this thread into a pharma-fest  charlie   Aug-26-03 11:24 AM   #56 
                 - yes indeed  sweetheart   Aug-26-03 11:43 AM   #58 
  - Interesting  Yaoi_Huntress_Earth   Aug-26-03 10:35 AM   #29 
  - Since there are no 'followers' in Buddhism ...  TahitiNut   Aug-26-03 10:36 AM   #30 
  - There is no platform  Northwind   Aug-26-03 11:09 AM   #47 
  - If the Buddha runs for office, kill the Buddha  Character Assassin   Aug-26-03 11:21 AM   #55 
  - and since there is no "other"  sweetheart   Aug-26-03 11:30 AM   #57 
     - "Buddhism is subjective."  TahitiNut   Aug-26-03 11:47 AM   #59 
        - More pith, less quibble  sangh0   Aug-26-03 02:57 PM   #72 
  - the moment  buddhamama   Aug-26-03 11:52 AM   #61 
  - i love this  sweetheart   Aug-27-03 05:39 PM   #80 
     - thanks.  buddhamama   Aug-27-03 05:46 PM   #81 
  - I don't think we have to worry...  TSElliott   Aug-26-03 11:53 AM   #62 
  - not if they called themselves  buddhamama   Aug-26-03 11:56 AM   #63 
     - As a Practicing Buddhist for 33 years  Miss_Bevey   Aug-26-03 02:42 PM   #70 
        - "Everyone has Buddha nature"...  Flubadubya   Aug-27-03 06:38 PM   #88 
  - Buddha's final words "Be a light unto thine self"  roughsatori   Aug-26-03 02:36 PM   #69 
  - They'd have to be "big ferryboat" Buddhists.  TahitiNut   Aug-26-03 04:56 PM   #73 
  - Without a doubt the platform would be:  Capn Sunshine   Aug-26-03 07:35 PM   #76 
  - Compassion, Understanding, Community...  salmonhorse   Aug-27-03 06:07 AM   #78 
 

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