I read yesterday a post by Digger that quoted a scripture that seemed to be suportive of slavery. The post is here: http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.ph ... ad#p103510 . This got me worried, so I started to investigate about the position of the Buddha regarding slavery. I found a refference to a scripture, in a notation system that I don't understand, in which the Buddha forbade monks and nuns to have slaves. The refference is D.I,5. Can anyone link me to this sutta?
Modus.Ponens wrote:Thanks tilt. I'm more relieved. Still, it's not a prohibition to all monks. But monks of course should follow the Buddha's example. I wonder if the Buddha didn't want social agitation by strictly forbiding monks or lay people to have slaves.
There's also a passage that seems to have a different notion of slave than we in the west do:
In five ways should a master minister to his servants and employees:
by assigning them work according to their ability,
by supplying them with food and with wages,
by tending them in sickness,
by sharing with them any delicacies,
by granting them leave at times.
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