"We must learn to speak out so that the voice of the Buddha
can be heard in this dangerous and pivotal moment of history.
Those of us who have the light should display the light and offer it so that the
world will not sink into total darkness. Everyone has the seed of awakening and
insight within his or her heart. Let us help each other touch these seeds in
ourselves so that everyone could have the courage to speak out. We must ensure
that the way we live our daily lives (with or without mindful consumption, with
or without discrimination, with or without participating in injustice ...) does
not create more terrorism in the world. We need a collective awakening to stop
this course of self-destruction."
Q: Sometimes it seems that
nothing will stop terrorists. They are really making the world a depressing
place to live in. How can they think of themselves as the heroes
upholding righteousness in the name of religion? Really blinded by hatred...
What kind of person can actually cut off the head of another living
A: There is hope for the "worst" of us. We all have
Buddha-nature, even if shrouded by much delusion. The Buddha said everyone
can become Buddhas - if only they realise their mistakes and work hard for
the better. About cutting off the head of another living being, well, so many
animals' heads are cut off and their bodies chopped up for human consumption
everyday. What I'm saying is not that cutting off heads is acceptable - but that
maybe humans should look closer to see the common atrocious violence they are
directly or indirectly linked with, before looking too far.
We are linked with more terrorism than we think. It might be
interesting to note that Buddhism teaches that war is often caused by
mass-violence to animals who die in mass-slaughter, who generate collective
hatred in future lives as humans - that is one powerful basis to encourage
vegetarianism (See www.kmspks.org/articles/vege.htm)
All beings have equal rights - Iraqis, Americans, Koreans,
terrorists, animals... :-] I think we should generate compassion for all
involved and reduce the violence we are linked to - to promote world peace -
what else can we do? -shian | pic:nbcsandiego.com
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