Mindful Politics

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Mindful Politics has gathered the big names—Jerry Brown, Pema Chödrön, Thich Nhat Hanh, even the Dalai Lama himself—around an ancient idea whose time is more relevant than ever: that the enlightened governance of a society transcends issues of gender, class, race—even partisanship. It offers us a first hint of what the consummation between Buddhadharma and American politics might look like—and how to get there.”—Waylon Lewis, editor of elephantjournal.com


A Buddhist Guide to Making the World a Better Place

Melvin McLeod

“I’ve studied politics my entire life. It’s been because of my time working on this book that I’ve finally learned what’s really important in politics.” So says Melvin McLeod, editor of Mindful Politics, a book that transcends Right and Left, progressive and conservative, to get to the heart of what matters: how we can all make a positive difference in our complex political world.

This is not your typical political book. It’s not written at a fever pitch, it doesn’t use a good/bad binary, and it doesn’t tout partisan policies. Instead, this timely collection addresses the less-discussed but more important questions about politics: What insight does religion have to offer politics? How can we as concerned citizens move beyond the particulars of legislation and party affiliation, and take direct action? How, amid divisive and challenging times, can personal growth and effective advocacy take place together?

In short, Mindful Politics offers the perspectives of 34 important authors and thinkers on how each of us, right now, can make the world a better place.

McLeod includes essays and insights from some of the brightest, and most controversial, lights of Buddhism—and beyond.

Included are:

  • Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Sam Harris (author of The End of Faith)
  • The Dalai Lama
  • Jerry Brown
  • Pema Chödrön
  • Trungpa Rinpoche
  • bell hooks
  • Ezra Bayda
  • Meg Wheatley
  • …and many more
book information
  • Paperback
  • 320 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 inches
  • $16.95
  • ISBN 9780861712984
  • ebook
  • 320 pages
  • $12.99
  • ISBN 9780861717125
about the author
Mindful Politics

Melvin McLeod is the editor-in-chief of two of America’s leading Buddhist magazines: Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly and the Shambhala Sun. He is also the editorial director of Mindful magazine. He is the editor of Mindful Politics: A Buddhist Guide to Making the World a Better Place, the Best Buddhist Writing series, and three books of teachings by Thich Nhat Hanh.

Other books by Melvin McLeod:
Twenty-First-Century Buddhists in Conversation

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