Master of Buddhism – Week Two
1. Which of these guidelines do you think is the most important? Why?
A: I believe the most important guideline of the Buddha's teaching to be the belief that all life is sacred, and that one should not kill. I believe this because of my personal beliefs has always been to protect life, and not to treat it as something to take for granted. I view all living organisms as a miracle of creation, and are be looked at in awe and wonder. All life was put here for a purpose, are sacred, and therefore should not be killed. I think to take a life is the ultimate act of selfishness.
2. What is the unifying concept of these guidelines?
A: I believe the unifying concept to be few core principals, but mainly one of peace, both for oneself, and others. When you refrain from desire, you find peace. When you don't harm others, you create peace, both for yourself and others. When you adhere to the teachings of the Buddha, the result of the actions of these teachings is peace.
3. What do you think the Buddha would have to say today about "Right Livelihood?" Can you think of any positions in today's workforce that he might use as an activity one should avoid?
A: I think the Buddha might take issue with any of careers that deal with the pushing of useless products and the other aspects of promoting a hyper-consumerist society like we have nowadays. It seems the demands for society to move and sell more products upon its fellow citizens have in some cases crossed the line of dealing in truth, promoting an alternant view to the "Right view" and are generally wasteful, which harms our environment and goes against the belief of living in excess.
John M. Stephenson