佛家对于暴力的看法

Someone attending an interfaith event on violence emailed to as about the Buddhist perspective of the subject.

有参加过关于暴力宗教项目的施主发来邮件询问佛家对于这一主题的看法。

This was my reply:

如下是我的回复:

There is much to say on this… which can be googled online. Some short thoughts on violence…

有太多要说的。。。这些都是可以在网络上搜到的。一些关于暴力的短小评论。

Violence does not bring peace but keeps it at bay.

暴力带不来和平只是把事情搞的越来越糟。

To handle the very violent who might otherwise harm many, violence should still be the last resort, while we should do our best to understand and transform the violent. As the Buddha taught in the Dhammapada…

不管是谁来处理这样的暴力事件都反而会伤害到更多的人。当我们竭尽所能来了解以及转变这样的暴力时,都会选择暴力作为最后的投诸手段,如同在法句经中佛陀传授给我们的一样。

Hatred can never be ceased by hatred. Hatred can only be ceased with love. This is an eternal law.

仇恨永远不可能以仇恨终结。

仇恨只能以博爱作为结束。

这是永恒的定律。

Thus, even if violence has to be unfortunately used, it should not be with hatred, but with love, for the greater good of all involved.

所以,即使不得不使用暴力手段的时候,考虑到碌碌苍生为好,缘由不应是起于仇恨,而应该是博爱。

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