Woohoo truly the final

Woohoo truly the final - The first of the five precepts...

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The first of the five precepts that all Buddhists follow is to refrain from harming all living things. However, some Buddhists do violate that principle by engaging in violent acts towards fellow human beings. This creates a major conflict in Buddhist culture: how can specific instances of violence be justified by Buddhist monks when the very philosophy of Buddhism advocates non-violence? Initially one might assume hypocrisy, as some Buddhist actions in certain instances seem to contradict their beliefs. This assumption attacks the credibility of the philosophy and particularly happens when one’s knowledge of Buddhism is based on media or public opinion. Another fundamental belief of Buddhists is compassion and empathy. As discussed by Buddhist practitioners and evident in two specific situations of Buddhist violence in both Burma and Tibet, it can be argued that in specific circumstances an act of violence may be the most compassionate act of all. . Most peoples’ image of Buddhism is dominated by the Buddhist position on violence. The Buddha greatly emphasized a commitment to non-violence believing that if one is full of compassion and concern for others then violent intentions can not exist. Yet some followers of Buddhism, a philosophy dedicated to achieving a life of compassion for all other beings, justify acts of violence in name of the same cause. It is not the act of refraining from violent acts that Buddha valued with the greatest importance, but rather the state of mind one would need to attain in order to honestly oppose violence. Instead of being attached to the situation itself, one focuses on the reasons behind what happened. For instance, in acts of violence, the focus is on the cause of the anger and hatred that would lead one to harm others. The response of a true Buddhist should not be to punish those who have communicated through violence but
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rather seek understanding of the causes. A true Buddhist always aims to move forward instead of contributing to the endless, destructive cycle that violence creates (which is a common reaction to violence directed toward oneself). The Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of Tibet, spoke out about the concept of violent retaliation in a speech of commemoration for the first anniversary of September 11 th . He stated that “violence undoubtedly breeds more violence. If we instinctively retaliate when violence is done to us, what can we expect other than that our opponent to also feel justified retaliating” (Fleischman). Buddha’s teachings focus on nonviolence, leading one on a path towards freedom from all attachment and suffering. “Nonviolence is liberating because in each and every moment that it suffuses one’s mind, in that moment the mind feels compassion, identification, and empathy with other beings” (Fleischman). Buddhism essentially necessitates compassion and non-violence with one’s arrival
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