Like other groups in the Pacific Northwest, the story of the Sikh community stretches back to pioneer days of our region, where lumber, farming and fishing dominated the economy and railroad tracks were still being laid to connect us with the rest of the continent.
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Mahayana teachings are about what naturally happens next: your heart opens to others. So the Mahayana is about compassion and recognizing the profound interconnectedness of all phenomena.
The Vajrayana is about working with every circumstance as an opportunity for complete enlightenment.
Yet as a national debate has pitted religion against equality heads to its national finish line, maybe we should ask: why have pro-equality Buddhists been so silent on this issue? But that cannot totally explain their absence from the debate.
“I’m not aware of any Buddhist organizing on this issue, nor do I know any Buddhist individuals involved in it,” says Michaela Mc Cormick of Shambala Center in Portland, Oregon. Mormons, who are also a mere sliver of the population, played a pivotal role in the passage of Proposition 8, a 2008 ballot measure to illegalize gay marriage in California.