Dr. MLK: Loving Your Enemies

The Dharma of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Speaker: Hozan Alan Senauke
Recorded: Wednesday Aug 9, 2017

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Episode Description: In this episode, Sensei Alan Senauke bases his talk on the sermon, “Loving Your Enemies,” delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1957. He introduces the sermon by recalling seeing Dr. King speak. He describes how Dr. King’s radical message has in modern times been co-opted by our society, the “Prophetic Ideal” in different religious traditions, and Dr. King’s concept of the “Beloved Community.” He then reads through the sermon, pausing to provide context and make connections to Shantideva, Buddha Nature, and the Paramitas. “At the very root of love is the power of redemption,” Dr. King tells us. His sermon is pure Dharma, and just as relevant today as it was in 1957.

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