Injustice and Solidarity

solidarityThe Dharma teaches us that all situations, both positive and negative, arise as a consequence of karma, whether individual or collective. From this perspective, there is no injustice.  

This does not mean that we justify violence and the oppression of others, but that we must understand that the only truly helpful solution consists in practicing beneficial acts in our immediate environment, and dedicate the merit to all who suffer —without excluding those who commit negative acts. 

We have a special responsibility toward those beings in our immediate surroundings (our neighbors, human and non-human), since they are evidently linked to us through intimate karmic bonds. 

If an act of violence against another being occurs in our presence, and we can prevent it without causing greater harm, we should attempt to do so. However, defending others should not lead us to develop aversion for any being, whatever his or her actions. 

In this world of duality and suffering, there will never be true justice, or perfect happiness. The best we can do is to abstain from contributing to the suffering of others, perform beneficial acts, and dedicate the merit of our practice to all beings.

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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2 Responses to Injustice and Solidarity

  1. Tashi: Thank you very much for this deep and penetrating website. However, in pursuing a greater understanding of Buddhist ethics, attempting to read any articles in the Journal of Buddhist Ethics is causing ripples in my mind where there was calm, and thus pain in the form of a headache. When scrolling through any of the pages, only the odd pages show up on my MacBook Pro. I prefer ignorant bliss to the headache that has ensued from, for instance, attempting to understand the errors of Rhys David’s interpretation of the Nymas. I checked several articles on other topics, and found all of them displaying only the odd pages.
    Is it a result of my Karma that my attempts to understand the deeper aspects of Buddhist Ethics are stymied by technological quirks, or just a technical problem that should be of no consequence to one who aspires to greater knowledge? Or perhaps a sign that I’m in the wrong place?
    I’m hoping that it’s merely a technical glitch that can be fixed with properly placed awareness and attention. But now I must simply calm my mind in meditation.
    Phillip “Van” Van Garrick.

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