|The Buddha, ancient Sukhothai Historical Park, Thailand (Holger*/flickr.com)|
|Gilded hand, Sukhothai (Holger*/flickr)|
"Buddhism arose in India as a spiritual force against social injustices, against degrading superstitious rites, ceremonies, and sacrifices; it denounced the tyranny of the caste system and advocated the equality of all [people]; it emancipated woman and gave her complete spiritual freedom" (Rahula, 1978).
Throughout its history Buddhism has been successfully reinterpreted in accordance with different cultures, while at the same time preserving its inner truths. Thus has Buddhism spread and survived.
The historic task of Buddhists both East and West in the 21st century is to interpret perennial Buddhism in terms of the needs of industrial humans in the social conditions of their time and to demonstrate its acute and urgent relevance to the ills of society. To this enterprise Buddhists bring boldness and humility, as this is no time to cling to dogma or defensiveness.
|Martin Luther King Jr: "Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love." Justice = peace.|