Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Human rights & Freedom 人権と自由

"There are differences between us of faith and nationality and within those groups there are individuals who are rich and others who are poor; all of us have a right to live in peace. The idea of human rights is what freedom is about. It takes for granted the idea that human nature is gentle. This is why concern for the well-being of others makes us free." (From His Holiness the Dalai Lama's facebook on December 10, 2013)


Practice of compassion is the solution for making us free and happy.(My commentary)


Happiness & Peace 幸福と平和

"All beings want to live in peace and happiness, undisturbed. Therefore the concept of human rights is universal."
(From His Holiness the Dalai Lama's tweet on December 10, 2013)


Nobody wants sufferings and everyone wants happiness. Aggregation of individual happiness means peace in the community.


self-realization 自我の目覚め

Thich Nhat Hanh's beautiful words: 
“Enlightenment, for a wave in the ocean, is the moment the wave realizes it is water. When we realize we are not separate, but a part of the huge ocean of everything, we become enlightened. We realize this through practice, and we remain awake and aware of this through more practice." 

My understanding is followings:
Self-grasping, that is I am special, separate and superior to others, is ignorance which is the source of sufferings. Detachment, that is we are all the same (fundamentally: physically, emotionally and consciously), is wisdom which is the source of happiness.

This self-realization is the wisdom in Buddhism: selflessness, or emptiness, or interdependence, or dependent origination. Once we attained self-realization or wisdom, we can see the reality. Because we can eliminate our disturbing mind which creates illusion through mental projections. For example, attachment creates illusion of extreme positiveness and anger creates illusion of extreme negativeness.