How to BE the Change We Need: A Guide for Mindful Political Engagement

In today’s divisive political climate, it can be challenging to navigate issues without losing sight of our core values. This is especially true for those of us who practice Buddhism and strive to maintain mindfulness, ethics, wisdom, and compassion in all aspects of our lives.

Richard Winter’s book, How to BE the Change We Need, offers a thoughtful and non-partisan approach to thinking about political issues through a Buddhist lens. Richard emphasizes that being a Buddhist doesn’t necessitate aligning with a particular political ideology—whether left-leaning or right-leaning. Instead, he advocates for a mindful and compassionate engagement with politics, recognizing that the political sphere is an integral part of human nature but also a potential source of polarization and suffering.

As Buddhists, it is crucial to engage with political matters directly and wisely, using our practices to mitigate suffering both within ourselves and in the broader world. Richard’s book provides a clear framework for how we can do this, encouraging us to stay true to our principles while thoughtfully considering political issues.

We believe that a campaign to encourage people to read How to BE the Change We Need would be immensely beneficial. It’s not just about promoting a book; it’s about fostering a mindful approach to political engagement. By reading and applying the insights from Richard’s work, we can all contribute to a more compassionate and understanding world.

Let’s take this opportunity to delve into How to BE the Change We Need. It’s more than a book on meditation and politics; it’s a guide to engaging with the world thoughtfully and compassionately. Whether you’re new to political engagement or looking to deepen your understanding, this book offers valuable perspectives that can help you stay connected to your practice while addressing important issues.

Join us in this journey of mindful political engagement. Read How to BE the Change We Need and discover how you can contribute to positive change in a way that aligns with your values and principles.

Matt Bianca

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