kirtu wrote:Haven't taken a look at Maslow in a while but the Mahayana (as well as the Theravada) is dedicated to both the temporal and ultimate happiness of all beings. The SGI and other groups (often Nichiren but not just by any means) chanting for prosperity and well-being in this life is totally valid as an example. Then in many cases Buddhist masters devoted a great deal of time to physically improving the environment of other people.
This is a good place to start. But how does one describe what those needs might be, and in a given situation, decide which needs get met? Given the choice and with scarce resources, do you guild the Buddha statue or do you educate your daughters--which is more meritorious?
Jikan wrote:If you were asked to explain the Mahayana view (or at least "a" Mahayana view) of human need, or even better a general theory of need for all sentient beings, where would you begin? What texts would you look to?
It's relatively straightforward to describe the ultimate needs of beings, which would have to do with enlightenment.
But what about provisional needs, for food, shelter, and water, but also further up Maslow's pyramid?
This would be a useful thing to be able to explain to people who want to know just how one can be useful to the totality others in an everyday way, as in engaged Buddhism in particular.
Jikan wrote:[ how does one describe what those needs might be, and in a given situation, decide which needs get met? Given the choice and with scarce resources, do you guild the Buddha statue or do you educate your daughters--which is more meritorious?
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