Saturday, June 28, 2014

Ven. Dr. K Sri Dhammananda: Should religion get involved in politics and take stance on certain issues?



Should religion get involved in politics and take stance on certain issues?

Yes, I can remember. Now it is a good question. Because I have heard on many occasions, people say we should not use religion with politics, should not mix. They are wrong.

The Buddhist has given this advice: anujanami bhikkhave rajanam anuvatetu.

First advice, as the followers of the Buddha, to cooperate with the existing government or law enforced by the government. That is the first thing.

Second advice, If ruler of a country punishes innocent people, it is not suitable for him to remain as a ruler. He must be out.

Then He says:
If ruler does not punish the culprits, it is also not suitable for him to remain [as a ruler].

Therefore, the Buddhist has pointed out the culprits must be punished. But in Buddhism there are no religious punishments, but in other religions they have religious punishments. In Buddhism, there is no religious punishment. Buddha advices, please cooperate with the existing government and the law, no separate religious law in the Buddhism.

Again, if the people come to know the rulers or the governments are unfair or toxic. It is their duty to get rid of that kind of politics or political power or the governments, and organise / establish a good government. Therefore, we cannot say religion should not interfere with politics.

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