Buddhists talk Trump, George Takei urges Democrats to #VoteBlueNoMatterWho

The Buddhist Peace Fellowship recently hosted a conversation on the phenomenon of Donald Trump and the state of contemporary US Presidential Politics. The conversation features a wide range of topics, from fascism and anti-Trump rallies to solidarity and collective liberation; audio from the conversation can be downloaded here. You can also read their "5 Ways Buddhists Can Counter Trump’s Bigotry" and "Are Trump Protests A Collective Form of Boundary Setting?" by Katie Loncke. It's great to see B … [Read more...]

Buddhism, Politics, and the 2016 US Presidential Race (April/May Poll)

As April comes to a close and the leading candidates from both major parties widen their lead, it's time for yet another poll of Buddhist political leanings. If you've voted before, vote again! This process allows for longitudinal analysis (seeing how preferences change over time) alongside the monthly numbers.As noted last month, a new question seeks to differentiate between "cradle", "convert", and "sympathizer" Buddhists. As Wakoh Shannon Hickey wrote in 2010 (.pdf): If we want to … [Read more...]

Universities are facing an “intellectual crisis”

Speaking at the annual conference of the European Universities Association in Galway, Irish President Michael D. Higgins made remarks that should reverberate around the world and through the mouths and policy statements of educators and policy makers everywhere.On the disconnect between policy makers and education today, Higgins said (emphasis added): I suggest that at the present moment in Europe and far beyond it, insofar as policy makers focus attention on education policy, they tend to … [Read more...]

Buddhists for Bernie: a breakdown of our March US Presidential Poll

Right off the bat, I should caution you that not much has changed since the last poll, and that once again our poll data is small and was not scientifically gathered. That said, a few new features this month add depth, and hopefully a touch more credibility, to the data gathered. For starters, respondents were asked if they would like to (optionally) provide a means of contact for follow-up questions, and to (also optionally) comment on why they've chosen the candidate they selected. 161 out of … [Read more...]

Buddhism, Politics, and the 2016 US Presidential Race

As I mentioned last month, a Pew Survey found that Buddhists in the US are around 16% Republican (or leaning), 69% Democrat, and 16%  Independent or other. That is from a 2014 Religious Landscape Study. So we sought to update that here at American Buddhist Perspectives, creating a simple poll that drew in over 350 responses.The data gathered (also here and here) and discussions following went even further, leading to the plan of regular (monthly) polls. This gives us opportunities to measure … [Read more...]

Tibetans for Trump and other unintended consequences

Tenzin Pelkyi, a writer, law student, and editor at tibetanfeministcollective.org (and recent interviewee at this blog) has an intriguing article up today at medium.com examining some of the idiosyncrasies and unintended consequences of US-China-Tibet politics. In it she examines two allegedly Tibetan men holding up a sign reading "Tibetans for Trump. Kick China in the Balls for us, Donald #MakeAmericaGreatAgain."As odd as it may seem for card carrying liberals and others who are simply … [Read more...]

Buddhism and Politics: African American and Feminist icon bell hooks can no longer support Hillary Clinton

The celebrated author, feminist, teacher, and scholar said in a video uploaded last week: "I can no longer be a Hillary Clinton supporter!"She continued, "there are certain things that I don't want to cosign in the name of feminism that I think are militarist, imperialist, white supremacist, whether they are conducted by women or men." She noted that this is a difficult issue for women who want to see a woman president and there is a conflict between, "identity politics versus who are you … [Read more...]

The Dalai Lama on Donald Trump, “personal criticism looks – a little cheap”

Sitting with noted psychologist Richard Davidson, the Dalai Lama answered questions from Dan Harris (author of 10% Happier, about his experience with meditation) this week. Below is a partial transcript from the video. Dan Harris begins: "Can I ask just ask one last question and this is a more earthly question. I know you follow the news you listen to BBC. I'm just curious if you have any views on the presidential candidate in this country who's making the most noise: Donald Trump."The D … [Read more...]


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