Re: What is the cause(s) of evil according to Buddhism?


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Posted by Shane (205.188.195.28) on August 20, 2000 at 05:25:43:

In Reply to: What is the cause(s) of evil according to Buddhism? posted by Mangalananda on August 19, 2000 at 17:25:10:

Hello there my friend! I would say that evil in the Buddhist tradition arises out of human ignorance and impurity, and is the most steadfast factor in reenforcing certain peoples inescapability from samsara. These evil intentions in people, come from a lack of understanding of genuine reality. The evildoer does not adhere to the Truth and fails to see the ultimate relation of all living beings in the wheel of life and fails to relate to the common suffering that all of us feel and try our best to vanquish, not only by total liberation, but even in this life here.

Therefore I would have to say that evil in Buddhism manifests by a lack of wisdom about actual reality and by being blinded by the relentless desires and cravings of the human condition. While evil actions themselves may be transitory in nature, their consequences will cling to a person long into the hereafter. So perhaps evil is not an everlasting idea or form as Plato would have it, but it's consequences are inescapable for the one who inflicts evil in life.
Hope you found this interesting. Take care!

Peace,
Shane


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