Prime Minister Without a Country: An Interview with Ven. Samdhong Rinpoche

Prime Minister Without a Country: An Interview with Ven. Samdhong Rinpoche

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Item Code: IDI984
Author: Daniel B Haber
Publisher: Pilgrims Publishing
Edition: 2003
ISBN: 8177692054
Pages: 102
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 4.6 X 3.3"
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Prime Minister Without a Country is a precise and candid interview with the Dalai Lama's Prime Minister, Ven. Samdhong Rinpoche. It deals with his approach to his tenure as the first elected Tibetan Prime Minister, albeit for the refugee. Tibetan Government-in-Exile, at the Salai Lama's headquarters in Dharmashala, India. A follower of Mahatma Gandhi and the Principles of non-violence (ahimsa), he is very open about his views on how future relations with China should be developed. He also gives his outspoken views on the future of a Tibetan nation and how an ideal society should be organized. This is followed by the Rinpoche's article on the principles of Buddhist Governance based on the teachings and examples of the historical Buddha relation to the kings in India, over two and a half millennia ago. Like the other teachings of the Buddha, the instructions on Statecraft are just as valid today in the 21st Century.

Daniel Bhaber an American expatriate writer and teacher based in Katmandu, Nepal has spent many years living in the Indian subcontinent and often writes about Tibetan and Buddhist issues.

CONTENTS

Page
Introduction1
The Interview4
On Becoming Kalon Tripa(Prime Minister)5
Top Priorities: Restoring Relations with Beijing/Looking After the Exile Community13
On Palestine, Kashmir and Nation Statehood22
On Buddhist Principles of Governance28
Commitment to Truth, Non-Violence and Democracy(Swaraj)31
On Education36
On Consumerism38
On Tourism43
On Vegetarianism48
On Civil Disobodedience51
On Tibetans Serving in the Indian Army54
Proposed Zone of Ahimsa(Non-Violence)57
Appendix:
The Social and Political Strata in Buddhist Thought by Ven. Samdhong Rinpoche
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A. Sravaka Yana School69
B. Paramita Yana School70
C. Vajrayana School71
The Individual and Society72
The Theory of State77
Idea of Sacrifice for Social Harmony95
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