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Buddhism and Politics - Talk 3

by Vajragupta (2021)

In this third and final talk for Buddhist Action Month 2021, Vajragupta takes the Quakers' involvement in the 19th-century anti-slavery movement as a case study of what happens when spiritual communities get involved in political issues. He highlights the potential power of a small community inspired by ethics, but is also realistic about the challenges and dilemmas that political issues will bring into a spiritual community. Vajragupta then explores the principle and practice of "consensus" - the way by which spiritual communities make decisions, before rounding up by highlighting Triratna's Indian movement as successfully combining the transformation of self and world.

This talk is part of the series Buddhism and Politics.