The Path of Civility




The Path of Civility authored by Robert Sachs

What does President George Washington have in common with the Buddha, Sakyamuni? 

  George Washington was of landed gentry who established a large Virginian estate and presided  over it.  After the Revolutionary War, many people wanted him to be crowned King.  He refused.

  The Buddha, formerly known as Siddhartha Gautama, was a Prince, expected to ascend his  father’s throne.  He refused.

  George Washington, inspired by The Age of Enlightenment, became a Freemason.  Through this ritual training and being groomed as a military officer, he learned principles of leadership.

  Siddhartha was trained to rule within his father’s palace.  He then sought enlightenment, and learned the underlying principles of leadership and self-mastery.

  George Washington sought to liberate a nation.

  Siddhartha, having become The Buddha, sought to liberate all beings.

  Both George Washington and The Buddha, realized that only through civil discourse, engagement, and action could people be brought together to cultivate self-mastery and learn the moral and ethical conduct essential to live in peace and harmony, whether it be in a family, a community, or a nation.

Author and teacher, Robert Sachs, brings together the lessons and teachings of these two great men; one an exemplary political figure, the other, the founder of one of the world’s great wisdom traditions.  The result is a guidebook to study, carry with you, and apply to cultivate healthy, intelligent, and beneficial communication and action.