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Buddha taught to examine the cost (ādīnava) vs benefit (assāda) of worldly things. It follows world leaders must examine the benefits of their Covid measures (eg here) versus the damaging consequences (eg here or here or here or here) of their Covid measures. As for Buddhist leaders, apart from monks such as Ajahn Martin in Thailand, most would be engaged in ...


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What do you think, great king? Suppose a man, trustworthy and reliable, were to come to you from the east and on arrival would say: 'If it please your majesty, you should know that I come from the east. There I saw a great mountain, as high as the clouds, coming this way, crushing all living beings [in its path]. Do whatever you think should be done.' Then a ...


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The government and leaders should provide just protection and security to its citizens. Basically, they should undertake the right measures to take care of their people. From DN 26: ‘But sire, what are the noble duties of a wheel-turning monarch?’ ‘Well then, my dear, relying only on principle—honoring, respecting, and venerating principle, having ...


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Buddhists worship deities that they believe are Buddhas or Dharmapalas. Some deities are closely related to Hinduism or some say the same. But Buddhism is different from Hinduism at its core. It's not only about deities but also about teachings. If a deity confers the Buddhist teaching you might say he/she's Buddhist.


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"Am I right that Gautama Budda did not teach to worship the Hindu Gods?" Yes, you are correct. "Did he teach not to worship them?" For those taking refuge in the Triple Gem (ie., Buddhists) it is advised not to seek salvation in the form of the Hindu Gods. The Buddha taught that salvation or liberation can not be found via worship of the ...


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"... question of courtesy whether Buddhists would rather appreciate or oppose to it ..." If the intent is to show respect and veneration towards the Buddha and his teachings even if you are not Buddhist but follow another religion, then I would absolutely welcome this kind act. Further, I would offer that you are providing a testament to your own ...


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The Bodhisatta learned the perception of nothingness and later feeling of neither perception nor non-perception from his teachers, these are the highest meditative perception & feeling attainments. He later discovered the cessation principle and abided in the meditative attainment which is the cessation of perception & feeling for 7 days & 7 ...


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