Politics can, as Charles R. Johnson writes, “create bitterness and attachment that can cloud consciousness and cripple spiritual development, though one of our greatest American leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., proved time and again that this need not be so.”
“Dr. King’s political objectives in 1964 were, at bottom, of a piece with bodhisattva goals, and they complement nicely the ones Buddhists in the countries of the Far East have traditionally worked to achieve,” Taylor says. Today, as we observe both Martin Luther King Day, Jr. Day and the Presidential Inauguration, it’s worth remembering King’s commitment to mindful, peaceful politics. Click here to read the rest of “Be Peace Embodied.”
See also: “The King We Need,” Johnson’s look at King’s teachings and their importance to all Americans.