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Thursday, November 21, 2013

0 Book Review: Buddhism and Politics: Citizens, Politicians, and the Noble Eightfold Path by Victoria Stoklasa

Title: Buddhism and Politics: Citizens, Politicians, and the Noble Eightfold Path
Author: Victoria Stoklasa 
Genre: Buddhism | Politics & Social Sciences

Buy: Amazon

Book Summary:
What does it take to make political work a mission of peace? Victoria Stoklasa, author of SIGN IT INTO LAW and TRANSGENDER MARRIAGE RIGHTS IN TEXAS, presents an accessible guide to using the teachings of Buddhism to make the world a better place. By following the tenets of the Noble Eightfold Path, citizens and politicians alike can change their thinking and their actions to follow a middle path--no extremes, so suffering. This quick read continues Stoklasa's tradition of accessible political thought and common sense policymaking, and it serves as a complement to any campaign or election.


About Author:
Victoria Stoklasa earned a Master of Arts in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Policy from American Public University in 2012. Her thesis, "Improving Missouri's Petition Initiative Process", was abridged and published as the guest column "Missouri's Flawed Initiative Process" in the Independence Examiner. Victoria's political work includes serving as a board member for the City of Independence Citizens with Disabilities Advisory Board. She worked with Missouri Governor Jay Nixon's successful re-election campaign in 2012 as staging location director for the Jackson County Democrats office. In 2010, she and several other Missourians circulated the petition for Constitutional Amendment to Article X, Relating to State, County, and Municipal Taxes; the petition passed by popular vote. Victoria lives with her loving mate, Thaddeus Stoklasa. 

To learn more about Victoria, visit www.victoriastoklasa.com.

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Book Review:
This book was a very interesting and informative read. The book is short in length, being only 24 pages, and has a great flow between examples and concepts. The introduction covers a brief history about Buddhism and the practice as well as Buddhism in politics. The book covers concepts that can be used by anyone and applied to everyday life. I remember during my yoga class the instructor talked about  Buddhism and some of the concepts. In the Appendix, which includes 14 precepts of engaged Buddhism, some of those things where covered.

I recommend this book. I gives a new way of thinking about things.


Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Review By: Kechell Jackson | K is for Kechell 
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