The appearance of Buddha Shakyamuni and his teachings have left a good influence on mankind, from more than 25 centuries ago until now.
Thanks to practicing His teachings, many people have transformed their lives, lived happily, lived positively, and lived a meaningful life. In any place, whether in a village, town or every corner of life, where there is the light of the Buddha’s Dharma to illuminate the way, there is peace and happiness.
Buddhism makes a great contribution to stabilizing social order, building and promoting moral and spiritual values, and above all helps people to open their eyes to see the truth of dharmas in this world.
Talking about the role of ethics, in The Most Sangha Sutra A-ham it says:
“Once, the Buddha was in the country of Savatthi, in the Ky Da forest, in the Garden of Solitude. At that time, Brahma went to the Blessed One, bowed down, and sat to one side. At that time, Pham Chi Sanh Luu told the World-Honored One:
– How’s Gotama? What is the fate? Is there any ancient conduct that causes this people to have an end, an end, or a reduction? Formerly a citadel, today it is ruined; Once there were people, today it’s desolate?
The Buddha said:
– Pham should know! Because of this people’s illegal practice, the ancient city has been destroyed, today is destroyed, the people of today are deserted, all caused by the people of lustful greed, arrogance, habitual desire, causing the wind and rain to rain. the wrong time, the rain was not the right time, the cultivation of the roots did not grow. In it, people died in the streets.
Pham Chi should know that because of this predestined condition, the country was destroyed and the people were not crowded.
Again, Pham Chi, the people acted illegally, causing thunder, lightning, and lightning to spontaneously appear; hail rain, destroying the sprouts of life. At that time, the people died uncountably.
Again Pham Chi, because the people did illegal activities, competed with each other, or punched each other with more stones and bricks, everyone was killed.
Again Pham Chi, the other people competed with each other and did not rest; When the country’s sovereign was not at peace, each side deployed an army to attack each other, so that the masses died unspeakably, or died by knives, or by spears and arrows. Like that, Pham Chi! Due to this predestined cause, the population is reduced, not crowded anymore.
Again, people practice illegal, so they make miracles do not help them, or they are in danger, sick, bedridden, people who are cured are few, and people who are sick die a lot. That is, hey Pham Chi! Due to this predestined cause, the population is minimized, not crowded.
At that time, Pham Chi Sinh Luu said to the Blessed One:
– Dear Gotama! He said he really liked it! Say the reduced meaning of the ancients. As the Tathagata teaches, in the past there was a citadel, today it is destroyed; Once there were people, today it is deserted. The reason is like that and there is illegal, immediately born stingy, envy; born stingy, jealous, born evil karma; born of evil karma, so it rains at the wrong time, the grain is not ripe, the people are not strong, so it makes illegal circulation, the sky brings disaster and destroys the seeds. That’s because people practice illegally, are attached to greed, stinginess, and envy.
At that time, the king was not at peace, each side increased their troops, punished each other, many people died, so the country was wild and the people were scattered. Today, the World-Honored One said very well, rather! Due to illegality lead to this calamity; until being caught by others, cutting off his life. Due to illegality, he immediately gave birth to a thief’s mind, gave birth to a thief’s mind, and later was killed by the king; Having born wrong thoughts, non-human beings are convenient. Because of this predestined cause, the people will die, and the people will decrease, so there are no castles to live in.”
(Sutra of the Most Sangha A function, volume II, chapter 34. Equal views.) [trích])
Through the above sutta, we see that it is not the economy, not the scientific development, but human morality that is the cause of the country’s development or decline. People without morality, living wrong lives, wrong karma, letting go and being distracted can only sense abnormal phenomena of nature, which affect human life. Medicine (environment) depends on the right message (person). If a person’s mind is evil and aggressive, then life circumstances will appear insecurity and abnormality. And if everyone eats well, and few people do evil, the country will naturally be peaceful and develop. Therefore, morality is an important factor determining the destiny of a country.
It is often said that a country that wants to develop must have a rich and strong economy, in which competition is an inevitable factor. But if only focusing on economic development, but the moral life corrupts, the consequences are unpredictable. In some countries in particular and the world in general, the phenomenon of earthquakes, tsunamis, forest fires, epidemics, natural disasters (hurricane, hail, drought, etc.) tissue.
Natural destruction, climate irregularities, environmental pollution, greenhouse effect, rampant deforestation. Where do all these phenomena come from, and who will bear the consequences? It all comes from man and is also borne by man. Because human greed is too great, hatred and jealousy are too much. Because of greed, competition, division of rights, war, killing each other, in the end, the people themselves have to suffer the misery and misery.
We are living in a period of great development in science and technology, constantly creating, constantly innovating. There is no denying some benefits from modern inventions to human life, but it is also shocking and overwhelmed by that constant innovation. People live fast and live fast. Because they are fast, they only focus on the gains and forget about the losses; because they are in a hurry, they only focus on the immediate convenience without considering the accompanying harms.
Therefore, when science and technology are constantly climbing, at the same time, moral and spiritual values are increasingly eroded and downhill; The environment is increasingly damaged and seriously polluted. Today’s young generation, many people have forgotten the moral and cultural traditions of their ancestors, taking material comforts as a measure of life, and disregarding humanistic spiritual values, are they really be happy or not?
Buddha’s teachings through the comics of cause and effect
The development of science must go hand in hand with Taoism. That is, science must be guided by morality, then the development of science will not endanger humanity. Scientific development without ethics guiding the way will be extremely dangerous. There are bad deeds that have never been done before, and if they rarely happen, they will be criticized and ostracized by the community because human conscience does not accept it. And if we hear, see, read somewhere bad deeds but ignore or think that it is “normal”, then that reflects the degraded state of human morality, which is alarming. !
Buddhism advises people towards spiritual practice, living in harmony, being honest, loving, benevolent and exemplary. Therefore, Buddhism has a very important responsibility in “protecting the nation and the people”. As Buddha’s children, we are more than ever aware of our responsibility towards family, community and society. Especially monks and nuns, the leading messengers shoulder the responsibility of propagating the Dharma, serving as pedagogical examples in a moral life, towards truth, goodness and beauty.
Therefore, monks and nuns need to improve their role in education and teaching. It is necessary to expand the model of Dharma propagation, organize retreats… suitable for a wide range of subjects, especially young people, so that they have more opportunities to approach and learn the Dharma. A good environment will help arouse and promote the seeds of goodness, reflect on autism, build trust, love, sympathy and sharing. From there, living is useful for yourself, for everyone and for society. That is the way to contribute to the prosperity of the country. If people do not know how to cultivate, if they refuse to practice, it will be very dangerous for society and this country.
The temple is a favorable environment for us to cultivate our character. When you know how to return to take refuge in the Three Jewels, that is to choose for yourself a bright direction, a healthy lifestyle. Even though we are busy every day with our livelihood, we still spend time going to the temple to practice, know how to fast, repent, deeply believe in cause and effect, do good and avoid evil. Thus, each person will be a good nucleus in society. From good nuclei, it will contribute to spreading positive energy to those around and helping everyone to transform and sublimate. With a strong belief, righteous will always overcome evil, good will overcome evil, all Buddha’s children join hands to preserve and promote the good values of the Dharma as well as of the nation.