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The Deeper Significance of Democracy

…opting views and ideologies and then seeing the world through their prism. These views meet our emotional needs and serve our self-interest while dressing them up as something much grander. That distances us from reality and Buddhism teaches that this inevitably brings suffering. It may seem ironic that I am offering a religious perspective on how we form ideologies and use them to oppress others when religion has been used to do just that….

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β€˜It’s Not Power That Corrupts But Fear’: Aung San Suu Kyi’s Buddhist Politics (2)

…sed demands for democracy and human rights, calling them western notions for which Burmese people need have no regard. But Suu Kyi endorsed the need for human rights, which she views as an expression of Buddhist principles. ‘Buddhism places the greatest value on man who, alone of all beings, can gain Buddhahood.’ This synthesis of Buddhism and modern political concepts has allowed her to generalize the significance of the struggle. ‘The quest…

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Anders Behring Breivik used meditation to kill – he’s not the first

…ar a group of Japanese Zen scholar-priests (the Critical Buddhism school) investigated how their branch of a seemingly pacifist tradition had ended up affirming war. They concluded that Zen’s reinterpretations of early Buddhism had obscured its fundamental tenets. The first Buddhist precept is not killing living beings. As the Buddha says: “All men tremble at punishment, all men fear death; remembering that you are like them, do not…

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The Dharma of Children’s Wellbeing

…doesn’t just benefit the recipient; it also helps us. A generous act encourages a more generous state of mind. That inclines us to act generously in the future, and brings a sense of satisfaction. That’s why for Buddhism generosity, truthfulness, kindness and so on, are practices; qualities or skills that we can cultivate and refine. The increasing pressures on young people and the signs of their growing unhappiness must mean that…

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The Dark Side of Buddhist History

…rs between Buddhist countries, including some waged by past Dalai Lamas. As well as persecuting members of other faiths, there have been violent forced conversions, and Buddhists have both used and justified torture. Because Buddhism has such a benign reputation it’s tempting for we Buddhists to piously judge other religions. In a similar vein, I suspect that secularists can be tempted to dismiss all religions because they are all prone to…

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