Buddhism in non-democratic countries

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Buddhism in non-democratic countries

Post by Viach » Tue Jan 21, 2020 3:20 am

Can members of Buddhist communities and / or Buddhist communities on behalf of all their members support authoritarian, totalitarian, non-democratic regimes while inside countries with such regimes? Indeed, on the one hand, all such regimes are based on lies, violence, corruption and theft, which fundamentally contradicts the principles of Buddhism. But, on the other hand, such regimes may even support or, at least, not repress Buddhists and / or Buddhist communities, using such relationships with Buddhists as imitation of patriotism and religiosity, and thereby distracting public opinion from their dirty deeds. That is, can Buddhists / Buddhist communities turn a blind eye to the dirty deeds of such regimes in exchange for their support, or, at least, their loyalty? Does this contradict the tantric samayas and the bodhisattva vow?

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Re: Buddhism in non-democratic countries

Post by shaunc » Tue Jan 21, 2020 4:32 am

Unfortunately we've all got to survive in this imperfect world and that includes Buddhist communities. This is samsara.

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