A Life of thinking globally, acting locally, and seeking peace internally.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Dharma is a complicated thing...

My patheos essay is here... The Path of Dharma and Just War: Two Hindu American Perspectives and the paragraph I took out is here: "As an activist, I read what they say at Common Dreams about this Libyan military engagement, and agreed with Stephen Zunes in this article: “Though the intervention likely prevented a slaughter, there is no guarantee that it won’t simply protract a bloody military stalemate that could result in at least as many civilian deaths.” Zunes is a Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco, an associate editor of Peace Review and chair of the academic advisory committee for the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict. Which brings me back to that idea of ahimsa yet again…and my work as a peace activist." I wonder how that makes sense? Peace and activist? Ramdas Lamb says in Polytheism and Monotheism: A Hindu Perspective: "All these names thus refer to a Qualified Absolute that is simultaneously beyond qualifications. For Hindus, this makes total sense. " So peace and activism? We can make it work. We just have to work at it and find a way.

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