Abolish the Death Penalty

Death_Penalty_hi_res_The death penalty is clearly inconsistent with Buddhist teachings, which place great emphasis on non-violence and compassion for all life. The First Precept requires individuals to abstain from injuring or killing any sentient being. In fact, the Buddha rejected physical punishment in all its forms.

An action, even if it brings benefit to oneself,

cannot be considered a good action

if it causes physical and mental pain to another being.

If a person foolishly does me wrong,

I will return to him the protection of my boundless love.

The more evil that comes from him,

the more good will go from me.

―Buddha Shakyamuni

When misdeeds are committed, and justice must be administered, let us consider:

  • inhumane treatment of offenders does not solve their misdeeds or those of humanity in general
  • the best approach to justice is reformatory, rather than punitive
  • punishment should only be to the extent to which offenders need to make amends, and rehabilitation into society should be of paramount importance
  • punishing offenders with excessive cruelty will injure not just the offenders’ minds, but also the minds of the persons doing the punishing

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 Abolish the Death Penalty

  1. paulfarma says:

    In principle I agree but how if you are suddenly attack by a knife-bearing criminal?Can one tame-down such a madman with words or prayer? PKL

    Great Middle Way 於 2015年06月29日 (週一) 11:39 PM 寫道﹕

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