The first Buddhist U.S. president?

Casual discussion amongst spiritual friends.
User avatar
Posts: 1268
Joined: Thu Jan 01, 2009 3:38 am

The first Buddhist U.S. president?

Postby Jechbi » Thu Jan 08, 2009 6:05 am

Okay, this is obviously toungue-in-cheek, but still.

Rain soddens what is kept wrapped up,
But never soddens what is open;
Uncover, then, what is concealed,
Lest it be soddened by the rain.

User avatar
Paul Davy
Posts: 15730
Joined: Tue Dec 30, 2008 9:52 pm
Location: Melbourne, Australia

Re: The first Buddhist U.S. president?

Postby Paul Davy » Fri Jan 09, 2009 5:51 am

Obama is cool 8-)

Retro. :)
“I hope, Anuruddha, that you are all living in concord, with mutual appreciation, without disputing, blending like milk and water, viewing each other with kindly eyes.” (MN 31)

What is the final conviction that comes when radical attention is razor-edge sharp? That the object of the mind is mind-made (manomaya). (Ven. Ñāṇananda)

Dharma Paths Practice Community

User avatar
Site Admin
Posts: 17327
Joined: Wed Dec 31, 2008 12:49 am

Re: The first Buddhist U.S. president?

Postby Ben » Fri Jan 09, 2009 6:13 am

Thanks Jechbi

I have been reading Once upon a time in America by Don Watson in The Monthly, Dec 08:
Its an excellent piece.

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

Compassionate Hands Foundation (Buddhist aid in Myanmar) • Buddhist Global ReliefUNHCR


User avatar
Posts: 1326
Joined: Thu Jan 01, 2009 12:56 am

Re: The first Buddhist U.S. president?

Postby christopher::: » Fri Jan 09, 2009 10:47 am

Very nice! While i doubt he'll ever call himself a Buddhist Obama does seem to be more in tune with his Buddha Nature than most leaders on this planet...
"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
~post by Ben, Jul 02, 2009

User avatar
David N. Snyder
Site Admin
Posts: 8936
Joined: Tue Dec 30, 2008 4:15 am
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

Re: The first Buddhist U.S. president?

Postby David N. Snyder » Fri Jan 09, 2009 8:46 pm

Obama may not be Buddhist, but apparent his sister is a Buddhist! ... f=magazine

User avatar
Ngawang Drolma.
Posts: 805
Joined: Wed Dec 31, 2008 7:38 pm

Re: The first Buddhist U.S. president?

Postby Ngawang Drolma. » Fri Jan 16, 2009 6:24 pm

That is really cool :toast:

User avatar
Posts: 4889
Joined: Fri Jan 09, 2009 6:18 pm
Location: San Antonio, Texas

Re: The first Buddhist U.S. president?

Postby bodom » Fri Jan 16, 2009 6:29 pm

I like the Obamas. Change is coming!

The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah

Return to “Lounge”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Bhikkhu Pesala, Bing [Bot] and 13 guests

Google Saffron, Theravada Search Engine