Practicing with Politics: A Dharma Study with Katie Rhodes

  • 27 Jul 2024
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Zoom
  • 16




The Buddha was an astute observer of politics and power. His advice to leaders of his time provides helpful guidance as we approach our civic and political lives today. Practicing with politics can be fuel for insights and for developing virtues and qualities needed to heal divisions.

In this three-hour Dharma study session, we will look at how aspects of Buddhist practice and meditation help us on our path as responsible caring citizens. These teachings on politics apply to any interpersonal situation where there is conflict, tension, or things to work out, as well as to government.

We will read selected suttas from the Pali Canon about politics and leadership along with writings from contemporary Buddhist teachers. There will be a guided meditation. We'll have plenty of time to discuss our experiences of meeting politics with dharma practice – ways we struggle and learn to approach issues of our time from a place of kindness and compassion.

A study guide for the session will be available.


Zoom: Please us this link to join by Zoom. (Alternatively, go to, click the links to enter a meeting, and enter meeting ID 971-373-141 and password 879550.)

When: Saturday, July 27th, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with a short break in the middle. The session will start promptly, so please be on-time. If you are unsure of your Zoom or internet connection, please try to connect a few minutes early.


Katie Rhodes is a member of Red Clay Sangha. She has been a Buddhist practitioner for over 30 years, primarily in the Insight/Vipassana tradition. She uses mindfulness-based cognitive approaches in her work as a psychotherapist. She has a doctorate in clinical social work.

Questions? Please email Katie Rhodes

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