Buddhism and Human Rights by Wayne R. Husted, Damien Keown

By Wayne R. Husted, Damien Keown

It really is tricky to think about a extra pressing query for Buddhism within the overdue 20th century than human rights. The political, moral and philosophical questions surrounding human rights are debated vigorously in political and highbrow circles during the global and now during this quantity.

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By Wayne R. Husted, Damien Keown

It really is tricky to think about a extra pressing query for Buddhism within the overdue 20th century than human rights. The political, moral and philosophical questions surrounding human rights are debated vigorously in political and highbrow circles during the global and now during this quantity.

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In sum it might be said that in classicalBuddhism the notion of rights is present in embryonic form although not yet born into history. Whether anything like the Western concept of rights has, or would, appear in the course o[ the historical evolution of Buddhism is a question for specialistsin the various Buddhist cultures to ponder. In many respectsthe omens for this development were never good. Buddhism originated in a caste society, and the Asian societies where it has flourished have for the most part been hierarchically structured.

The derivation of human rights from the doctrine of dependent-origination is a conjuring trick. " In the hvinkling of an eye, values have appeared from facts like a rabbit out of a hat. By itself it offers no reason why a person should not routinely abuse the rights of others. "46 The approach adopted Uy p;gryX is rather different. r -lE Declaration are l@=ng g4buft-ffiE,- an-exdar,e-trrcf philosophical foundations. He acknowledges that "Buddhism credits the hu^e1pgrgglel{ *ft t explain fully whence this arises or how it provides a foundation for human rights.

What is to be done? One must simply break away from the merely conceptual or theoretical understanding and fully engage oneself in the cliscipline that will bring the feelings of both parties to become vital components in the relationship. That is, both parties must equally sense the presence and value of these feelings and thus give substance and teeth tcr their actions. An illustration of this is the Inada 9 newborn child The child is completely an open organism at birth lfhe senses are wide oPen and will absorb practically anything without prejudice At this stage, also, the child will begin to imitate because its absorptive power is at the highest level.

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