Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Buddhism, Human Right, Democracy

ព្រះពុទ្ធជាម្ចាស់មិនមែនគ្រាន់តែជាអ្នកការពារសិទ្ធិមនុស្ស ប៉ុណោ្ណះទេ ព្រះអង្គក៏ជាអ្នកការពារសិទ្ធិសត្វនិងសិទ្ធិធម្មជាតិ ផងដែរ។ ដោយព្រះគ្រូលួន សាវ៉ាត សច្ចមុនី

The Buddha is not the only Human Right Defender, but the Buddha is also animal and natural rights defender. By Preah Krou Loun Sovath Succamuni


  1. Thanks for sharing! Yes, that is a very important point. Often we forget that our pleasure is causing much harm of nature and animals.

    Actually many Human rights activism is build up on the destruction of nature.

    Unluckily we often misinterpret that stilling desire is a human right and often we think that material gains will provide us peace and happiness.

    Therefor we should never forget out tasks and not claiming rights to much. If everybody focus on his own tasks there would be nothing to claim.
    And that is the big different between the way of the Buddha and other "modern" ideas.

    If we respect others they will respect us in return. The very step is always up to you. If we just focus on the faults of others we make the struggle only bigger but do not change anything.

    Buddhism is nothing as to but it into action, the own action.

    Buddha never taught only to humans and he also did not look only an the wellfar of humans.

    Real metta is only then present if it is toward all beings, seen or unseen, big or small, nice or ugly.
    If we just look at the well fare of a part of all beings it is caused of big attachments actually it is nothing but tanha (greed, love...)

    Tanks for sharing this important point!

  2. Dhammayietra V, held in 1996, focused on deforestation and the link between militarism, illegal logging and the ongoing civil war. Maha Ghosananda pointed out the link between healthy forests and the vitality of the Buddhist order. The walk took place against a background of continued violence as the Khmer Rouge continued to fight with the Phnom Penh government throughout the year with thousands of Cambodian casualties.

    Seven hundred people took part in the Dhammayietra V through some of the provinces most damaged by deforestation. They planted 2,000 trees along the pilgrimage. They printed 90,000 fliers on deforestation, and distributed them along the walk.

    They also gave public talks in the villages thorough which they passed.

    Maha Ghosananda stressed the Buddhist values as a basis for social reconciliation and compassion, encouraging the listeners to “remove the land mines of hatred from out hearts.”

    He explained that the forests and the Buddhist religion are closely linked. Buddhist monks have lived under the trees and wandered in the forests for millennium, and the forest is the environment which has fostered great teachers.

    The Buddha was born, attained enlightenment and passed away under the trees. Sitting peacefully in the shade of a tree, Maha Ghosananda explained how the trees participate in meditation: “Breath. In Buddhism, peace means to breathe, in and out. To live is to breathe, without this peace, there is no life. We walk every day. This peace walk is the same. Without walking, you have no life.”

    “When we respect the environment, then nature will be good to us,” he said. “The trees are like our mother and father. They feed us and nourish us: provide us with everything – the fruit, the leaves, the branches, the trunk. They give us food and satisfy many of our needs. But if we just cut down the trees it won’t rain anymore. The trees make it rain. So on the Dhammayietra we are spreading the Dhamma of protecting ourselves and protecting our environment, which is the Dhamma of the Buddha.”

    from Maha Ghosanada - the Buddha of the battlefield

    in english:

    in Khmer:

    Here also a story regarding a important different aspect:

    Stealing Beauty

    There was a beautiful princess from the Wei dynasty who liked to dress up fancy. She had an embroidered gown with feather on it. The sparkling shine made her look like a fairy. One day, the king saw her in this dress and spoke to her in a serious tone: “Take off this gown right now and never wear anything with a feather.” The princess laughed and replied: “How many feathers do we need for a dress?” The king said: “You are the princess of the country. I am afraid that the royal families will all take after your example. Even more, the common people will do the same as well. The merchants will do anything they can to catch birds for the feathers as long as there is money to be made. If so, the countless lives would be taken because of you. The sin would be unimaginable.

    The story is not only about beauty but to remember that your own virtue is very important if we are highly regarded people.
    If we drive cars people will follow to do that. If we build beautiful buildings, the simply man will follow to do this and the poor people would do everything they can do to get more money.

    Virtue has not only an very causal effect, it has also the effect of being a sample.


    with metta