Government for the People: A Buddhist View of Political Legitimacy
In this talk Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi will draw upon three classical Buddhist sources that deal with the legitimation of political authority: the suttas of the Pali Canon, the edicts of King Asoka, and Nagarjuna’s Precious Garland. He will then apply the principles derived from this survey to the present-day question of a government’s obligations to its citizenry.
The Thích Nhất Hạnh Program for Engaged Buddhism invites you to join us for our monthly Dharma Talk Series: Emptiness and Social Action. Over the course of nine months, a wide array of Buddhist teachers will take us into the essential teachings of the Buddhadharma and what it looks like to move into action to address the dissatisfaction, distress, and suffering that we meet in relationship with the earth, people, and systems today, in the United States, and around the world.
How does conceptual, inferential, and experiential knowledge into emptiness of an inherent self invite for a response to circumstances that are stressful, painful, and violent? Each evening will be unique, with a combination of a dharma talk, meditation, and a question and answer period exploring these essential and vital questions within Buddhism and our lives’ for this moment in time.
Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi is an American Theravada Buddhist monk, originally from New York City. He received novice ordination in 1972 and full ordination in 1973 and lived in Asia for 24 years, primarily in Sri Lanka. A Buddhist scholar and translator of Buddhist texts, he is also the founder of Buddhist Global Relief, a nonprofit supporting hunger relief, sustainable agriculture, and education in countries suffering from chronic poverty and malnutrition. An ardent promoter of Engaged Buddhism, Ven. Bodhi is consistently at the forefront of climate justice, and has participated in too many marches and protests to count, including the March for Clean Energy, in Philadelphia, the People’s Climate March, in Washington, D.C., and protests with the Poor People’s Campaign in Albany. In addition to his on-the-ground work, Ven. Bodhi has addressed the climate crisis with talks both in the White House and the Hall of the United Nations General Assembly. He lives and teaches at Chuang Yen Monastery in Carmel, New York.