Freedom and Equality

12963769_764592460306898_4213740525369246178_nPietistic, salvationist, and escapist tendencies have contaminated the transmission and practice of the Dharma since early times, due to social and political accommodation. These are insidious manifestations of the innate wrong views of separation (self-grasping) and supremacy (self-cherishing).

In the doctrines of Karma and Interdependence, we find their correction in the indisputable affirmation of individual and collective freedom and the radical equality of all sentient beings.

A disciple of the Noble Ones, abandoning the taking of life, abstains from taking life. In doing so, he gives freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, freedom from oppression to limitless numbers of beings. In giving freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, freedom from oppression to limitless numbers of beings, he gains a share in limitless freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, and freedom from oppression. 

This is the first gift, the first great gift —original, long-standing, traditional, ancient, untainted, unadulterated from the beginning— that is not open to suspicion, will never be open to suspicion, and is praised by knowledgeable contemplatives and sages.

—Buddha Shakyamuni

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 Freedom and Equality

  1. Grön Sol says:

    Sir, are there any authoritative Buddhist texts, traditions or masters that have dealt specifically with the question of how to properly raise a child in accordance with the principles of Dharma? Honestly I have found it quite disturbing how harshly children have in many cases allegedly been treated in the Tibetan monastic system, for example, as if compassion, non-violence etc suddenly doesn’t apply any longer when one is dealing with children who are themselves supposed to develop into loving, compassionate and non-violent Buddhists. It seems that it would have been beneficial if non-violence and compassion towards children in particular would have been more clearly emphasised in the scriptural cannon. I would appreciate to read your own view on this matter.

    Respectful greetings

    • Tashi Nyima says:

      Dear Friend,
      I share your concern for the inappropriate treatment of children in some monastic settings. Such behavior has nothing to do with Buddhism. Sadly, it is reflective of ethnic culture, rather than of Buddhist doctrine and practice. At our monastery in Pharping, Nepal, children are respected and treated with the utmost kindness.

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