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Staying Positive in a Divisive Political Climate

Staying Positive in a Divisive Political Climate

Ever since there were people, there’s been politics. As a great lama once said, “One person in a room – no politics. Two people in a room – politics.” The raucous presidential election of 2016 shed a light on the divisions in American society, and post-election joy (on the one side) and sadness (on the other side) have the potential to further deepen our divides.

How can we stay positive in a divisive political climate? How can the teachings of mindfulness and compassion lead us when we feel like being led astray by angry political forces – both outside of us, and within us? This talk reviews Buddhist basics and how they relate to keeping one’s calm in the face of political strife.

Lama Kathy Wesley

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Kathy Wesley (Lama Gyurme Chötsö) has studied Tibetan Buddhism since 1977. She has been active in the Columbus Karma Thegsum Choling since its inception in 1977, and has served the center in a variety of roles, including meditation instructor, newsletter editor and secretary. From 1986 until 1991, she was the center’s administrative director. Lama Kathy now serves the Columbus KTC as its resident teacher.

From June 1993 until May 1996, Kathy participated in a three-year retreat led by the Ven. Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche at the Karmé Ling Retreat Center in Delhi, N.Y. You can learn more about her at lamakathy.net