Went to the teaching-in of Burma situation in Columbia today. There were two Buddhist monks from Burma.
I asked him if No Politics is a precept of Buddhism. He confirmed. However, he argued that their protest is not politics. But he clearly doesn’t understand why Buddha said No Politics.
He knows that Not to be involved in politics is a precept in Buddhism. He doesn’t understand why Buddha set that as a precept.
When you agitate people to action, you need to bear the consequence of the action. Do you know the consequence of your action clearly? Many people will get killed because of your agitation. Yet you don’t know why Buddha said No Politics. There is a clear reason why Buddha said so. As a Buddhist, you need to know it. And since you call yourself Buddhist, you need to obey the precept.
Buddhism never claimed itself a higher moral authority. Some “Buddhists” do. It is very dangerous to assume yourself a higher moral authority, especially when you use that as an excuse for your action. A lot of crimes were committed in this way in the history.
For people who are easily agitated to take action, I want to ask you how much peaceful ground work you have done to change people’s mind?
A lot of times, I found many people in the progressive movement could be doing the progressive things totally out of selfish reasons. I guess it might because in US or in the west, the progressive movements are a sort of popular thing. It is very easy to tell this kind of people. Just see if they really love the world. See if they really have deep feelings of life. If you just see slogans, advocates for actions, and that sort of things that everyone can repeat, you know that person doesn’t know what he is doing. This sort of people do no less harm than people who they fight against.
I didn’t have time to follow news. So I still don’t know what really happened in Burma. Today’s teach-in made me more confused. Things don’t seem simple. For people in US who are eager to take actions, do you really know what is really going on at the other end of the world?
I know this post won’t change anything. No one will listen. That is why it is important to carry out my work to change the world in a fundamental and peaceful way (http://web.meetup.com/27/ )(http://naturallearning.meetup.com/1/).