Dharmic View: Price of Political Allegiance.

By Ty Phillips “All creatures tremble before violence, therefore do not kill or cause others to kill.” The Buddha spoke these words, recorded in the Dhammapada. Within the pages of the Majjhima Nikaya he is recorded as having said that if anyone should act upon you in violence, “with hand, stick, or knife,” that we should harbor no ill will and speak no evil word. Within some 400 scriptures—within the greater Buddhist cannon—not a single phrase can be used to condone or justify violence. What does this mean to us as practitioners within the confines of America? Is it...

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