Date: Mon, 09 Oct 1995 15:00:42
From: "peter.harvey" [email protected]
Subject: Appealing to peaople’s compassion
Damien Keown argues that an appeal to the compassion of ruthless tyrants will often not work. But that should not stop it being persistently tried, in a Gandhian-like way.
The Mahaayaana sees the compassionate Buddha-nature as in all. The Theravaada sees the brightly-shining mind, with its seed of lovingkindness (A.I.10) as in all. Whatever we can do to awaken this in others should be done. Of course, this may sometimes involve determined opposition to a state’s policy: out of compassion both for the idiots operating it, and those they are oppressing.
Now //here// is perhaps a distinctive Buddhist twist to human rights talk: in opposing government’s abuse of human rights, this should be done from compassion for both the abused and the abuser. A much better motive than rightious indignation/anger!
Date: Mon, 09 Oct 1995 11:09:32
From: "williams" [email protected]
Subject: Re: Appealing to peaople’s compassion
I strongly agree! It seems to me that the "goal" is always to reduce suffering. As such we must always have compassion for everyone involved in the web of suffering. If we treat the abused but villify the abuser all we are doing is setting up another round of suffering.