Buddhists Get Out The Vote
“As long as followers of the Way gather together and meet in harmony can they be expected to prosper and not decline. As long as followers of the Way care for the vulnerable among them can they be expected to prosper and not decline. As long as followers of the Way tend the sacred places in their environment can they be expected to prosper and not decline.
~ MahaParinirvana Sutra
Dear Friends in the Dharma,
This is a critical time in American society. As Buddhist teachers and leaders we recognize the importance of all who are eligible to participate in decisions that affect the well being of the whole. A mutual caring community is one of the central teachings of the Buddha.
Many have wondered what you can do at this divisive time. Across the country, tens of millions of eligible voters do not cast their vote - often because they don't believe their voice matters!
We are joining together with Faith In Action, a NON PARTISAN group of churches, mosques, synagogues and faith communities to help make sure all who are eligible are supported to vote.
We joyfully encourage all in our communities who can help in these weeks ahead to connect with Faith in Action. There you will find support and training so that in your area you can help get people out to vote.
Express your commitment and respect for the innate dignity and worth of all. Help to empower the voice of the whole community as a truly important contribution.
You can really make a difference! Please join us.
With loving kindness, compassion and blessings,
Yours in the Dharma,
Jack Kornfield Sharon Salzberg Joseph Goldstein
Zoketsu Norman Fischer David Loy Sayadaw U Vivekananda
Lama Surya Das Lama Palden Alioto Thanissara & Kittisaro
Trudy Goodman Bob Thurman William Aiken
Tara Brach Wendy Egyoku Nakao Gil Fronsdal
Kenjitsu Nakagaki Bhante Katugastota Uparatana Nayaka Thera
Sylvia Boorstein Sojun Mel Weitsman Judy Lief
Hozen Alan Senauke Gina Sharpe Konda Mason
Dharmacarani Vimalasara Barbara Gates Bhiksuni Thubten Chodron
Lama Willa Miller Chozen & Hogen Bays Rev. Bup Hee
Oren Jay Sofer Marcia Rose Neesha Patel
Tara Mulay Rodney Smith Pamela Weiss
Sharda Rogell Kamala Masters Jill Shepherd
Bonnie Duran James Baraz Devin Berry
Anna Douglas Spring Washum Carol Wilson
Larry Yang Kate Lila Wheeler Susie Harrington
Wes Nisker Eugene Cash Chris Crotty
Dawn Mauricio Gulwinder S. Singh Temple R. Smith
Parwan Bareja Phillip Moffitt Noliwe Alexander
Andrea Castillo Tere Abdala Andrea Fella
Jeff Haozous Mary Grace Orr Lama Döndrup
Howard Cohn Pat Berube, Lama Pat Lama Stephen Gross
Leslie Booker Matthew Brensilver Kate Johnson
Diana Winston Debra Chamberlin Taylor Lynn Weinberger
Erin Treat Erin Selover, MS Shastri Nick Kranz
Madeline Klyne Daniel Rothberg Devon Hase
Chris Cullen Melvin McLeod Adin Strauss
Furyu Schroeder Annik Brunet Rev. Tenzen David Zimmerman
DaRa Williams Gregory Scharf Anne Cushman
Valorie Hutson Karen Maezen Miller Shaku Kengu Rev. Ronald Kobata
Ed Sattizahn Rev. James Ishmael Ford Rev. Sumi Loundon Kim
Karma Lekshe Tsomo Rev. Grace Schireson Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison
Sensei Chodo Campbell Jisan Tova Green Rev. Rosan O. Yoshida, Ph.D.
Layla Smith Bockhorst Eihei Peter Levitt Rebecca Li
Myogen Kathryn Stark Narayan Helen Liebenson Flint Sparks
Harrison Blum Sebene Selassie Ruth King
John Tarrant, Roshi Kanzan Bruce Fortin Thanissara
Jundo Cohen Pamela Ayo Yetunde Gyokuko Carlson
Jim Willems Mitchell Ratner Eiko Joshin Carolyn Atkinson
Karl Brunnholzl Kate Johnson Melissa Myōzen Blacker, Rōshi
Arinna Weisman Jules Shuzen Harris Sensei James Myosan Cordova, Sensei
Alexis Santos Ryushin Paul Haller Nakawe Cuebas
Rev. Edward Keido Sanshin Oberholtzer
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