On the heels of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, Ethan shares on women’s rights, pro-choice vs pro-life, interdependence and interbeing, fascism, neutrality, and community.

Opening this timely podcast, Ethan describes what it was like teaching a silent meditation retreat when he learned the Supreme Court had overturned Roe v. Wade (taking away women’s constitutional right to an abortion) on the same day New York State overturned a gun law outlawing concealed weapons. Taking an honest look at politics, he offers Buddhist ethical perspectives on how to deal with injustice and fear, process our trauma, and find small functional ways to help.

Pro-Choice is Pro-Life // Animism & Materialism // Autonomy & Interdependence (00:10)
Government & Interbeing // Facism & Neutrality // Activism & Spirituality (22:22)
Working with Anxiety // Community & Practice // Privilege & Safety (28:28)

“The political activism that comes from Mahayana Buddhism—if you really look at what the Tibetan and other Mahayana traditions are saying—is if we’re really feeling unsafe, then the key thing to do is to talk about that with other people as we’re doing our practices, but also to think about: who’s even less safe than I am right now? If I can do some little action to help their safety, it will make me feel better. Because if those who are less safe are safe, then I’ll be safe too.” – Ethan Nichtern

In Defense of Choice, Interbeing & Democracy with Ethan Nichtern – The Road Home Ep. 77 – https://youtu.be/Og9tcLV4H6E

Ethan Nichtern – The Road Home – Ep. 77 – In Defense of Choice, Interbeing & Democracy – https://beherenownetwork.com/ethan-nichtern-the-road-home-ep-77-in-defense-of-choice-interbeing-democracy
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