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SANGHA & INCLUSION Election Day 2018

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SANGHA & INCLUSION Election Day 2018

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Buddhist practice is based entirely on choice. In fact, according to the teachings of Buddhism, you can, and do shape your very mind and body through the choices that you make. It is called the “law of kamma” in Pali, or “karma” in Sanskrit. This is a fact that no one can ignore, as the most mundane events of daily life display a continual flow of moral cause and effect. Therefore, even the most casual expression of the Way of Buddhism includes the understanding, expressed in the Four Noble Truths, that making skillful choices is fundamentally spiritual practice.

Extending this understanding a bit further, it’s not hard to see how one’s personal choices also have an effect on one’s family, society, and the entire world. Suffering can come to an end. And you take a step in that direction each and every time you choose something kind, honest, and ethical. Whether it is something thought, or said, or done, it has it’s effect. Going further, because of interconnection, the effect that you have on those you encounter directly, also effects those they encounter. Though the effect may be lessened as it extends out further, it continues far beyond what you can perceive.

Therefore, on this day of choice called Election Day 2018, I hope that you will remember to make choices that help to bring an end to suffering. I hope that you will not choose to be silent. I hope that you will not choose to support the kinds of thought, speech and action that ripple out to cause even more suffering on a suffering world.

Make your choices, and make them well because choice matters.

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Buddhist practice is based entirely on choice. In fact, according to the teachings of Buddhism, you can, and do shape your very mind and body through the choices that you make. It is called the “law of kamma” in Pali, or “karma” in Sanskrit. This is a fact that no one can ignore, as the most mundane events of daily life display a continual flow of moral cause and effect. Therefore, even the most casual expression of the Way of Buddhism includes the understanding, expressed in the Four Noble Truths, that making skillful choices is fundamentally spiritual practice.

Extending this understanding a bit further, it’s not hard to see how one’s personal choices also have an effect on one’s family, society, and the entire world. Suffering can come to an end. And you take a step in that direction each and every time you choose something kind, honest, and ethical. Whether it is something thought, or said, or done, it has it’s effect. Going further, because of interconnection, the effect that you have on those you encounter directly, also effects those they encounter. Though the effect may be lessened as it extends out further, it continues far beyond what you can perceive.

Therefore, on this day of choice called Election Day 2018, I hope that you will remember to make choices that help to bring an end to suffering. I hope that you will not choose to be silent. I hope that you will not choose to support the kinds of thought, speech and action that ripple out to cause even more suffering on a suffering world.

Make your choices, and make them well because choice matters.