COMENIUS BETWEEN RELIGIONS AND ETHICS A COMMON GROUND
Suject 7. Equality before the law, equality before God – non-discrimination
Students from IES Santa Clara, Santander (Spain) Philosophy class, suggest these quotations to think about how differences must be respected and are really an added value for present day societies as much in European Union as all the World over
Links for different brabhes of Budhism http://www.dharmanet.org/interact.htm
[仏] (Skt, Pali; Jpn hotoke or butsu )
One enlightened to the eternal and ultimate truth that is the reality of all things, and who leads others to attain the same enlightenment. Buddha was originally a common word meaning awakened one or enlightened one, referring to those who attained any kind of religious awakening. In Buddhism, it refers to one who has become awakened to the ultimate truth of all things and phenomena. In this context, the term Buddha at first was applied exclusively to Shakyamuni. Later, however, with the development of Buddha as an ideal, numerous Buddhas appeared in Mahayana scriptures. These include such Buddhas as Amida and Medicine Master. Expressions such tences” communicate the idea that Buddhas, or the potential for enlightenment they represent, pervade the universe and are eternally present.Various definitions of Buddha are set forth in Buddhist teachings. In Hinayana teachings, it means one who has entered the state of nirvana, in which both body and mind are extinguished. Mahayana teachings generally maintain that one becomes a Buddha only after innumerable kalpas of austere and meritorious practices, by eradicating illusions and earthly desires and acquiring the thirty-two features of a Buddha. The Lotus Sutra views Buddha as one who manifests the three virtues of sovereign, teacher, and parent, who is enlightened to the true aspect of all phenomena, and who teaches it to people to save them from suffering. Philosophy based on the Lotus Sutra, including that of T’ient’ai and Nichiren who regarded the sutra as Shakyamuni’s most profound teaching, recognizes the potential of every person to become a Buddha.
A poem from Tagore
Now has come Man Supreme
Man after God’s own heart!
The world is a-tremble with wonder
And the grass quivers.
In heaven resounds the conch,
On earth plays the drum of Victory–
The sacred moment has come
That brings the Great Birth!
The gates guarding the moonless night have fallen,
The hill of sunrise rings with the call of “Fear not”
And ushers in the dawn of a new life!
The heavens thunder the song of Victory:
Man has come!
Rabindranath Tagore, Wings of Death, trans. Aurobindo Bose (London: John Murray, 1960), p. 88.
The Buddha’s objective is to enable every individual to manifest his or her true identity. In other words, Buddhism lies in respecting yourself to the utmost, revering others to the fullest and making it possible for both you and others to blossom equally as individuals
The Buddha’s enlightenment does not lie in “eradicating” earthly desires, but in infusing them with compassion and wisdom. It is a matter of transforming the turbid river of earthly desires, karma, suffering and negativity into a pure stream of compassion and wisdom. Those who achieve this possess a perfectly tranquil and serene state of life in that they are not troubled by earthly desires; at the same time, their lives have a vigorous dynamism. Such a state of life is like the ocean. No matter what turmoil there may be on the surface, in its depths there is absolute calm and tranquility.
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Equality before Law and Equality before God
Unless man is committed to the belief that all mankind are his brothers, then he labors in vain and hypocritically in the vineyards of equality. Adam Clayton Powell Jr., ‘Black Power: A Form of Godly Power,’ 1967
US politician (1908 – 1972)
The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law. Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC)
We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
US Declaration of Independence
Men are equal; it is not birth but virtue that makes the difference.
Voltaire (1694 – 1778)
When men are pure, laws are useless; when men are corrupt, laws are broken.
Benjamin Disraeli (1804 – 1881)