Participating in Politics

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We're going to do something about it.

Participating in the political process—the fourth field of engaged practice—includes working with issues such as peacemaking, disarmament, social equality, economics, and consumerism.

The Wheel's image, two hands releasing a dove, borrows an international symbol for peace. Nonviolence is a cornerstone of Buddhist thought and practice. The theme of peace is especially germane to the path of politics, but it also pertains to every path. Engaged Buddhism holds that inner peace, family peace, community peace, and world peace are deeply interconnected.

We tend to think that the threats to our society or to ourselves are outside of us. We fear that some enemy will destroy us. But a society is destroyed from the inside, not from an attack by outsiders.  

Chogyam Trungpa