Oh, yes I have to call elected officials "The Honorable" it comes with the uniform.
I am not much about politics. I am going to say again what I have heard.
Politics= Poly= Many and Ticks= Blood sucking insects.
That said, My friend Greg has put up stuff where you can actually do something.
So Go on over to Meeting it Everyware and take some action.
This is some news's/ opinion from Strategy Page you may not see else ware:
In neighboring Myanmar (Burma), the military dictatorship that has ruled the country since the 1960s is facing a crisis. The Buddhist clergy, which usually stays out of politics, has been organizing larger and larger demonstrations. It all began when police beat up some monks and the government refused to apologize. That was the trigger, but the real reason for the increasingly large demonstrations is the dictatorship. In classic fashion, the generals have taken control of the economy and squeezed what cash they could from it to keep themselves, and key leaders of the military and security forces, fat and happy. All the generals have to fear is the kind of massive popular rebellion that brought down the communist dictatorships in
1989 and the early 1990s. That sort of thing has frightened dictators everywhere. The Myanmar generals, however, crushed such an uprising in 1988 leaving over 3,000 dead. But some generals, and many Burmese, believe another major uprising might succeed. Burmese are increasingly unhappy with the dictatorship's poor economic performance and increasingly heavy handed treatment of any dissent. It's not lost on most Burmese that neighboring India and Thailand are thriving economically while Myanmar sinks further into poverty.
This is mostly old news. Violence is escalating and we are not doing much to help.
However, don't pack the bags for a guilt trip just yet! Thailand and India are right there and could lend a hand, so maybe someone should write them too.
Update: From Jundo's Blog: Ngwe Kyar Yan
I have no words for this.
The Buddha's Words on Kindness (Metta Sutta)
This is what should be done
By one who is skilled in goodness,
And who knows the path of peace:
Let them be able and upright,
Straightforward and gentle in speech.
Humble and not conceited,
Contented and easily satisfied.
Unburdened with duties and frugal in their ways.
Peaceful and calm, and wise and skillful,
Not proud and demanding in nature.
Let them not do the slightest thing
That the wise would later reprove.
Wishing: In gladness and in saftey,
May all beings be at ease.
Whatever living beings there may be;
Whether they are weak or strong, omitting none,
The great or the mighty, medium, short or small,
The seen and the unseen,
Those living near and far away,
Those born and to-be-born,
May all beings be at ease!
Let none deceive another,
Or despise any being in any state.
Let none through anger or ill-will
Wish harm upon another.
Even as a mother protects with her life
Her child, her only child,
So with a boundless heart
Should one cherish all living beings:
Radiating kindness over the entire world
Spreading upwards to the skies,
And downwards to the depths;
Outwards and unbounded,
Freed from hatred and ill-will.
Whether standing or walking, seated or lying down
Free from drowsiness,
One should sustain this recollection.
This is said to be the sublime abiding.
By not holding to fixed views,
The pure-hearted one, having clarity of vision,
Being freed from all sense desires,
Is not born again into this world.
Also If you are in the Portland Oregon area
Check this out:
RARE BUDDHIST RELICS VISIT PORTLAND
Dates September 28, 29 & 30, 2007
Times Friday 7pm Opening Ceremony, public viewing until 9pm
Saturday and Sunday 10am to 7pm each day
Venue: Buddhist Daihonzan Henjyoji Temple,
2634 SE 12th Ave, Portland
Entrance No entrance charge, donations welcome
No I won't be there. Just not into that kind of thing.
I pray for the merit of all those in conflict around the world.