A Western Buddhist's Travels

Sightseeing & detours on the path of enlightenment

Politic infiltrates everything

Growing up my parents always voted in every election that came along. City, province and national, all were equally important to them. For the most part they voted for the N.D.P. or Liberals however it was always about who ran to represent the riding where we lived. For a few years we they had the provincial leader for the N.D.P. as a neighbour only a few doors down from where they lived. Dad used to joke with Ray about having to vote for him so the areas unemployment rate didn’t go up. Partly because the party which was forming the government at the time, had once again parachuted a candidate in who didn’t live in the riding. My parents were strong believers in the adage, of the representative should be from the area. If they don’t live in the area, then they only have second hand information about what the day to day situation is. Buddhism as a belief is not the same in each country, it adapts to fill the voids as I have mentioned previously. Even the world Congress is about sharing knowledge from the bottom up, not edicts from above on what to say or how to do things in each Temple or Wat. The world congress acts as a group consensus, that by meeting and following 2600 year old traditions, helps ensure that the paths of all still lead towards enlightenment, gently remind all participants about the dangers of straying from their paths. Yet still allow each to walk a unique path, not the same as any other.

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