When beginning Buddhist practice
When beginning Buddhist practice our ability to serve others is limited â€” the emphasis on healing ourselves, transforming our minds/hearts.
The basic Buddhist stance on the question of equality between the genders is age-old.
As a Buddhist monk, my concern extends to all members of the human family and, indeed, to all sentient beings who suffer.
The practice of morality, which means guarding your 3 doors of body, speech and mind from indulging in unwholesome activities, equips you with mindfulness and conscientiousness. Therefore, morality is the foundation of the Buddhist path.
The Buddhist notion of attachment is not what people in the West assume. We say that such love is free of attachment.
Firstly, as a Buddhist monk, I hold that violence is not good. Secondly, I am a firm believer in the Gandhian ethic of passive resistance. And Thirdly, in reality, violence is not our strength.
In the Buddhist context, light is particularly associated with wisdom and knowledge; darkness is associated with ignorance and a state of mis-knowledge. The metaphor of light is a common image in all the major religious traditions.
If your practice is motivated by bodhicittaâ€”the aspiration to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all…then your practice becomes truly a practice of perfection.
Swords can be turned into ploughshares as has been mentioned in the Bible. It’s a beautiful image, a weapon transforming into a tool to serve basic human needs, representing an attitude of inner + outer disarmament.
From the perspective of the highest dimension of Buddhist practice, there is no distinction between gender.