Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Questions on Buddhism and Human Rights

1/According to the main theory of Buddha in brief : 1/ Do well, 2/ Do not do bad, 3/ Purify of mind, Can we say the Buddha's theory relate to the Human rights, since Buddha's theory created?

2/ If Buddha's theory really has the principle of Righteousness and Problem of Peace, why shouldn't people be respected around the world?

3/ we can see most people commit in Buddhism of religion, and some countries said religion is the religion of State, and according to the eight fold path, why do we see the civil war in that countries?


men ka said...

Hi Mr Meng
As you and I understand that most of the countries that they claim themselves to be Buddhist and believe in Buddhism but they still have a lot of controversy wthin the country. It is not the metter of believing and committing oneself in any religion but the thing is the practice.
As we know that people are full of greed and if they can get rid of greed that will be peace. However, they, the ordinary people are hard to dig out the greed but some even grow it more.
Again, let take a look at our country that they claim the majority are Buddhists. If they said that how much they understand about Buddhism and even some people do not know the Name of the Buddha. So how about the teaching of the Buddha. If all understand his teaching well, I think, they will never face that metter.

Stan Starygin said...

1. I believe I mentioned it before that although human rights were not created at the time of the Buddha, it would be fair to say that some aspects of the Buddah's teaching may be generally conducive to the development of human rights as we know them today; others are not so much, and yet others are adverse to many human rights concepts that we currently have.
2. The Buddha doesn't specifically say that people should be respected, nor does he say that they should not not be respected. Buddhism is more of a collection of theories and methods by the exercise of which harmony can be attained.
3. The Eightfold Path is set of rules and guidelines that was set up primarily for the monks and nun, and to a lesser extent regular people. It is unclear to what extent modern laws are based on the pronouncements of the Eightfold Path, but a brief journey that we took in this class through research shows that this extent is not that great.
4. Why do Buddhist countries have civil wars? First and foremost, to the best of my knowledge, there's no country in the world at this point that was created along the guidelines of Buddhism. Secondly, the Buddah didn't create a blueprint for a new society and its government, like that, say, of Plato's or Machiavelli's. Wars, generally, should go again the grain of the Eightfold Path's prohibition of "the destruction of life", however, the existence of wars is a testament to people caring about politics and self interest more than about any religious precepts, provided they recognize themselves as Buddhists at all.