I am a Buddhist, and this is embarrassing. however, let me tell you once again that what they are doing has no basis in Buddhism, because in Buddhism scripture, there is nothing which could even remotely be used to justify violence toward other living beings (not only humans). for example, take a look at this: the sutta of universal love for all living beings: [link]
Untrue. Yes there is no worse act by their understanding but they are to be punished accordingly within the concepts of their faith. Their actions are somewhat independent of their beliefs. Technically you can do whatever the hell you want in Buddhism it's just not recommended due to the idea that you get what you give. Either in this life or the next.
Our understanding when you're talking to me, actually.
To murder anything is to work against all Dharma there is. Practicing such an act disturbs zen in just about any way possible imaginable. Again, no man willing to murder is actually a Buddhist at heart.
Most samurai were Buddhists. They believed their punishment was to be reincarnated as samurai. So in a sense their path to enlightenment is lengthened substantially. That said I thought that only through experiencing everything was a requirement to reach enlightenment?
"If you meet the Buddha, kill the Buddha." - Meaning no man has the same path to enlightenment.
The Bushido is a whole different deal, though in fairness it is another code I follow. Of course the Bushido itself does not exactly go into the matter of killing apart from suicide.
The Bushido and Buddhism go hand in hand with many things, but killing is the only major contradiction -- and extremely major at that. However, as all Samurai in fact pursued total piece of mind, they were also constantly pursuing Buddhist ideals. Indeed, if a Samurai could kill without the slightest negative emotion but perfect clarity of mind, then it could be argued he still had the potential to reach Nirvana: however, from a truly Buddhist point of view, killing remains simply unacceptable for the very five precepts forbid the act of destroying life.
Reaching Nirvana - or enlightenment if you would - is to no more feel desire towards anything: to have utter mind peace free of want. To have experienced everything is hardly a necessity. In Buddhist beliefs, a soul after all does not exist by it's western meaning: reincarnation is not your soul moving on to live another life, but more your life energy moving on instead of settling down and being at peace.
once upon a time, Buddhists killed Christians, so it's probably not much different now. certain countries "wants" their religion to be the dominate one and don't allow any others to reside. all of those things people do now, creating groups to ridicule many people of many walks of life, size, height, appearance, age and so forth. only "humans" can break the change and "do the right thing" and since there is really "no line" dedicated to this fine line it's all over the charts !
Welcome to the world. The mildest major religion on the planet has members capable of that.
But I seriously hope this is only based on the acts committed. You are not avoiding the fact that Muslims elsewhere are no better in their own actions? That as far as the general view on both religions, those actions are extremely strange to Buddhism compared with more commonly seen actions of equal magnitude done in the name of Islam?
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