Child Abuse

To deprive a child of rest, play, nutrition, education, company, love, and attention, constitutes child abuse, both according to the law and social norms. Providing a child with intoxicants, and exposing him or her to overtly sexual and extremely violent ‘entertainment’ are also considered unacceptable.

Furthermore, demanding that a child produce more and better results than his or her peers, and to punish this child mercilessly when those goals are not met is also considered abusive —if not according to prevailing law, at least in the opinion of reasonable persons.

If someone were to treat our own child in this way, would we accept it? The scriptures say that the Buddhas love each sentient being as their own only child. Is it prudent and reasonable, then, that we apply different measures when the victims of such abuse are none other than ourselves?

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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4 Responses to Child Abuse

  1. MindMindful says:

    Wow, nice circle you completed there. Brings the point right on home.

  2. MindMindful says:

    Reblogged this on MindMindful and commented:
    The Great Middle Way brings the teaching right on home …….

  3. Harbans says:

    It is real that if we do not give the child what he/she requires then it means we are abusing child’s rights. By doing so, we are actually transgressing the fundamental rights which should have been given to the child without any inhibitions. And why not since the future of our next generation calls for respecting child’s rights.

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