Pema Chodron & President Barack Obama: Photo!

Via on Sep 26, 2012

Update: via the Shambhala Sun, who I’ve belatedly realized broke this photo and story two weeks ago…here’s the much-asked-for back story.

Via my Dharma Brat childhood buddy Edward McKeever:

Buddhism is simple. It’s not about dogma, or gods, or faith, particularly. It’s about meditation, and compassion, and dignity, and kindness. But, perhaps, most of all, it’s about the practice of meditation, where we practice joining our minds and hearts with reality, with this present moment.

But Buddhism isn’t about meditation. Meditation is called a “practice” for a reason—it’s a practice for real life. Real life is where we can put into practice what we’ve studied: compassion, patience, listening, joyful exertion, discriminating wisdom or prajna.

And so the coming together of perhaps the world’s greatest American Buddhist teacher and a President of the United States of America is…a sweet picture, indeed. ~ Waylon Lewis, ed.

For more on Pema, click here. For a recent one on Obama, here.

1970-2012 Shambhala Buddhism is planted in the USA. 2012 Pema meets President Obama. Trungpa would have been so proud. A huge heart felt thanks to Pamela Krasney for engineering such a miracle

About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | facebook.com/elephantjournal | twitter.com/elephantjournal | facebook.com/waylonhlewis | twitter.com/waylonlewis | Google+ For more: publisherelephantjournalcom

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7 Responses to “Pema Chodron & President Barack Obama: Photo!”

  1. JinpaG says:

    Oh yes, very very sweet! I heard about Pema meeting Obama from someone in the last week, and am delighted to see the photo of these two together. Thanks, Waylon!

  2. Bill Ferris says:

    I hope a little Dharma Vibe rubs off on Obama.

  3. Linda Lewis Linda V. Lewis says:

    Wonderful–Meditation in Action! thank you Waylon and Edward!

  4. Buck Reidy says:

    I love elephant journal! I hate elephant journal. I have almost no free time, and I can't help clicking your links, and there it all goes. But today, Pema and Obama, I laughed with joy. Just look at those smiles! Thank you, Waylon, thank you Ed McKeever.

  5. Bob says:

    The Mindfulness movement has no political response to catastrophic social, economic and environmental problems. Just a vague hope that if enough people practice yoga or whatever, then solutions will spontaneously emerge. That is a naive joke at best and dangerously pathological at worst. The leaders of today's American Buddhist sanghas mostly came of age in the 60's, got politically lobotomized under the Clinton era and dream of a return to soaring stock markets and endless Samadhi. The contemporary Western mindfulness movement is toothless and mostly brainless from a social justice perspective. Honestly they are not even trying to 'speak truth to power' or any of that radical stuff. So it is unfair to accuse them of being hypocrites.

  6. Bob says:

    The Mindfulness movement has no political response to catastrophic social, economic and environmental problems. Just a vague hope that if enough people practice yoga or whatever, then solutions will spontaneously emerge. That is a naive joke at best and dangerously pathological at worst. The leaders of today's American Buddhist sanghas mostly came of age in the 60's, got politically lobotomized under the Clinton era and dream of a return to soaring stock markets and endless Samadhi. The contemporary Western mindfulness movement is toothless and mostly brainless from a social justice perspective. Honestly they are not even trying to 'speak truth to power' or any of that radical stuff.

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