|Buddhism and Politics: Citizens, Politicians, and the Noble Eightfold Path|
by Victoria Stoklasa
In this day and age it seems that the majority of politicians are just power hungry, money grubbing people who are only looking out for their own best interests. I think that, similar to many occupations, the people start out with good intentions but become hardened or disenchanted after realizing that situations may not be as rewarding as they had originally anticipated.
With politics, the system is set up so that not many political positions really have the power to change things for the better. There is also the very real temptation of corruption, that I am sure can be incredibly hard to resist when faced with it. It is easy for us to think, "Oh I would never do that, not for a million dollars," because we know that we will never be put in the situation to make such a decision and it is merely a hypothetical situation to us. It takes morals and principles of steel to stand up to true temptation.
For those individuals who are in politics and wish to remain along the right path and steer clear of corruption even in the face of temptation, this book could be considered a must have. Readers who are not involved in politics but may be interested in Buddhism can find this book helpful. Especially if one is just beginning to explore these principles and does not know where to begin in the plethora of books and texts available on the subject. This book can be a good springboard towards exploring the Buddhist philosophy as the author makes many mentions of books that can point a novice towards other sources that one may find helpful to round out their reading list.