Precisely. However, your course of action will cause a lot of hatred towards you so if I may make an advisement: please make an effort to hate the sin, and not the sinner.nilakantha wrote:The ninth vow of Queen Śrīmālā pretty much sums up the political platform of Mahayana Buddhism.
"Lord, from now on, and until I attain enlightenment, I hold to this ninth vow, that when I see persons with sinful occupations such as dealing in pigs, and those who violate the Doctrine and Discipline proclaimed by the Tathāgata, I shall not take it lightly; and wherever my residence in towns, villages, cities, districts, and capitals, I shall destroy what should be destroyed and shall foster what should be fostered. Why so? Lord, by destroying and by fostering, the Illustrious Doctrine will long remain in the world, the bodies of gods and men will thrive, and evil destinies will fade. And the Lord, having turned the Wheel of the Doctrine, will continue to turn the Wheel of the Doctrine.”
The Lord teaches that the first four lay vows are the foundation of morality for any civilized group, and since we are told the Buddhas seek to civilize and pacify sentient beings, I take it as an imperative to implement them into law. So at the moment my political work is geared toward the ending of legal abortion, seeing that it is a gross violation of the first vow. I also work against capital punishment, hunting, the slaughter of animals for food, etc. Whether or not I am considered a leftist or rightist is unimportant. As a Buddhist, the only pattern I care about is the pattern of life laid down by the Lords.
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