Just War and Buddhism

Exploring Theravāda's connections to other paths. What can we learn from other traditions, religions and philosophies?
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Re: Just War and Buddhism

Postby cooran » Sat Jan 08, 2011 1:20 am

Heyya kirk,

This is the Dhammic free-for-all forum. Mostly there is nothing particularly dhammic about it. Sometimes, if you are going to post in this forum, it is better just to post the Buddha's teachings and leave it at that, don't argue, or mostly stay in the other sub-forums like most members do. And as for insults, real or perceived - unless you accept them ... they still belong to the person who offered them. Remember the Akkosa sutta.

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Re: Just War and Buddhism

Postby kirk5a » Sat Jan 08, 2011 1:24 am

Thanks Chris. I think it's reasonable to ask the moderator what he meant with his comment.
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Re: Just War and Buddhism

Postby tiltbillings » Sat Jan 08, 2011 3:38 am

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Re: Just War and Buddhism

Postby clw_uk » Sat Jan 08, 2011 3:48 am

I think a good point would be to view it in terms of laymen and monks and nuns

Monks and nuns have made a dedication to the precepts and to nibbana, with a renouncement of wordly life, for them, killing wouldn't be an option

However laymen, while accepting the Buddha, have only taken the basic precepts and are very much a part of wordly life and being a part of worldly life would mean taking worldly action, in extreme situation, such as in the case of the Third Reich

I can think of a good thought experiment which is quite widely used in ethical philosophy - If you had a time machine, would you go back and kill Hitler as a baby, or as a teenager or at any point before he joined the German Workers' Party?
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Re: Just War and Buddhism

Postby Virgo » Sat Jan 08, 2011 4:24 am

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