Today people are betraying each other in different levels without considering relationships and bonds.

For example scenarios:

  • Children betrays parents and ignore them
  • Boy/Girl cheats on Girl/Boy due to bad friends and bad intensions
  • Betrays who were in need when got succeeded and forget them

I can't understand how people do these kind of very simple to understand misdeeds. Even a dog wags it's tail when we gave it some food just ONE time. Then why does these humans do this inappropriate acts without giving any values to relationships, bonds ???

Lord Buddha did 'animisa lochana puuja' to the Bo Tree as it helps Buddha to get Enlightenment. Can anyone explain in practical scenarios that how can we teach our loved ones not to betray anyone in life with the guidance of Buddhism ?

How can we teach our friends Betraying is bad ?

AND most importantly How can we make our mind when someone Betrayed ON us ??

  • What are you loyal to, really loyal? And how many times a day you betray the Buddha Dhamma Sangha? So that about how we can we understand what we see outwardly but not when it hits us again and again.
    – user11235
    Feb 23, 2016 at 9:05
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    But that does not mean to be now comfortable. It give just the right place to work against it rather to save the world.
    – user11235
    Feb 23, 2016 at 9:13
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    "How can we teach our friends Betraying is bad?". Start by understanding their motivation and intent. You don't have any right to judge someone without seeing through the circumstances.
    – Cameron
    Feb 23, 2016 at 13:55
  • yeah, that's true since everything has a reason(s) behind. But still there are some moments that it's crystal clear that the betraying was not the only option..
    – user7658
    Feb 23, 2016 at 15:55

3 Answers 3


Your observations are quite correct in a capitalist mould. Survival of the fittest and stepping on your neighbor due to ambition or desire to achieve something is quite common.

We cannot, quite simply, get out of that mould in a day or even in a week. This is due to the mental model we have created for ourselves and the world around us. We are quite literally aping the animals because their environment is a survivalist mould and can only do so much for their species. Having said that, there are a few animals who are sensitive and capable of compassion and love. Dog is one such being you mentioned.

There is a human core or collective consciousness in us, that is empathetic and capable of kindness and compassion. This is by realizing the fact that we are all capable of feeling and emotions and need not hurt or lie to each other for perceived success. Of course, doing what you must, as a duty in daily life to achieve some goals is important, but definitely not at the cost of others.

I would go further and state that this consciousness need not be human alone. This includes all sentient beings, including animals and insects. In metta meditation, we visualize the well being and happiness of every sentient being starting from our inward "happy" core and spread the vibrations of goodness to every living being on the planet including trees and plants.

In all this, it is important to recognize the ego (mental model of a "fixed, permanent being") in our reactions to any happening. For example, you creating a dent on my car in some way may hurt me mentally, even though it is only the car that has been damaged in some way. We don't recognize the fact that our mind, our body, our possessions, our relatives, are all ever-changing and impermanent. The solid core, that is the created ego, is capable of changing a man into a monster. He is perfectly capable of calmness in every situation. But he changes into a monster because his ego perceives something did not go as per his desire.

Betrayal is not the only scenario. It is part of the whole sphere of emotions that we are beset with in contemporary society. We are quite simply slaves to it.

How can we teach our friends Betraying is bad ?

If the mind of a person is more open or broad, it would take in the aspect of human consciousness among us all and work toward well being of oneself as well as honor good relationship with other beings. Simply recognizing the fact that we are all human and together on this earth, feeling the same things, positive and negative, should open up the person's "intrinsic goodness". Even better if it is toward animals and plants also.

AND most importantly How can we make our mind when someone Betrayed ON us ??

Any "perceived" attack on me is my ego telling me, "Hey! He/She hurt me! Look what he/she has done! Do something about it! Hurt them back!". The ego always acts in self-preservation. It is something that is a creation with no truth in it. And this is why we practice mindfulness and awareness, so that we can capture moments like this "perceived injustice" in our mind, recognize the ego, think clearly and work more constructively toward a solution rather than blindly reacting and worsening any situation.

  • This is really helpful!!! Thank You so much :)
    – user7658
    Feb 22, 2016 at 14:52
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    Is this purely from your mind or have you gathered this from sources? If so, may I see them? Thank you!
    – William
    Feb 22, 2016 at 15:47
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    It is from a mixture of reading and experience. I haven't read much. I have read parts of a good book called "Cutting through spiritual materialism" by Chogyam Trungpa. The practice of meditation helps observe the mind and ego at work. I also listen to talks by Buddhist monks available on YouTube like Ajahn Brahmavamso for instance.
    – esh
    Feb 22, 2016 at 15:56

Then why does these humans do this inappropriate acts without giving any values to relationships, bonds ?

This is the nature of Samsara. People do this. Since things like this happen it is one motivation to leave Samsara. If things were more rosy there is no reason to leave Samsara.

how can we teach our loved ones not to betray anyone in life with the guidance of Buddhism ?

This is the most difficult to do. Buddha would have made everyone understand the 4 Noble Truths if you can easily teach others. Most what you can do is try.

How can we teach our friends Betraying is bad ?

In certainty you cannot. But you can approach this in 2 angles by pointing out people are less likely to accept and deal with someone who do not have any scrules and also mention about the Karmic retribution

AND most importantly How can we make our mind when someone Betrayed ON us?

As you say this is the most important thing and what is relatively in your control. Best is to do Vipassana to make your mind. In doing this one thing to keep in mind is betrayal is a perception arise in your mind and why do not like it there is unpleasantness associated when you perceive something negatively. This is the Dukkha in this.

  • Thank You so much Sir, The last part is really valuable!! I haven't done Vipassana yet. Will try it for sure :)
    – user7658
    Feb 22, 2016 at 14:53

A logical analysis suggests that being betrayed is history and now unchangeable; painful only if you let it bother you; and difficult only if you need to remain friends. it may not be worth your mental effort to remain friends. after being betrayed, this becomes a lot harder. of course, the magnitude of betrayal matters, as does the degree of friendship. focusing yourself elsewhere is the easy self-interested solution, and often quite appropriate.

however, from a social perspective, there is the more difficult question of justice and incentives to prevent this person to repeat betrayals on others. it is a form of compassion to care, not towards the betrayer but towards these others. is it sufficiently important (to you) to bother with this? how much harm will (s)he do elsewhere?

  • yes that's true we should move on without sticking in past. But since I have done nothing wrong these questions comes into mind AUTOMATICALLY suddenly with past memories. 1.) why am I got betrayed ? 2.) why that person doesn't get any punishment by karma ? 3.) how can that person even not understand how wrong he/she is ? etc
    – user7658
    Feb 28, 2016 at 4:32

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