Buddhism and Social Justice
Buddha's heart teaching is to cherish others. A life well-lived is one in which we actively work for both our happiness and the happiness of others because we are inextricably related. Shakyamuni Buddha was a revolutionary in the highly stratified society in which he lived because he taught that all beings have the same potential to achieve liberation from suffering. People of the lower castes, men. women, beggars, and animals all have the same basic good nature.
In this discussion, Ani Losang Tendrol examines how the fundamental equality of all sentient beings underlies the notion of Buddhist ethics and social justice and how engaged action overlaps with the tradition of community service practiced in other faiths. Given the current situation in our country, we may ask ourselves how do we maintain love and compassion for people who are overflowing with rage and hate? How do we enter into constructive dialogue with them? How do we stand in solidarity with the invisible man -- those who have no voice? These are some of the many challenges that we all face in our quest for social justice.