Buddhism and political debate platform in Cambodia


Dear Dr. Mong Hay and everyone;

Buddha used different gestures of teaching for the benefit and approachability to all audiences. We can say Buddha pursued full political will at the expenses of his own comfort in order to bring about Enlightenment to the audience.

Regarding to Dhammavijaya and Adhikarana-samatha, I would propose Majhimapadipada as the core value for political platform in Cambodia. Cambodian people have suffered a lot by the extreme leadership of many Cambodian politicians. So let turn to Majjhimapadipada to bring about change…a change that can lead to real peace and development.

Debating proposal on the prime minister candidates are considered “Majjhimapadipada” and it will be fruitful for all voters to decide on their future destiny. I do agree with Lok Om Panha that voters have rights to propose this debate to its prime minister, or electoral board, or constituencies about the need to listen to their political debates. This platform is very popular in the modern world.

Debate will produce huge social capital for Cambodians.

Regarding Mr. Sophol’s observation on the answer of the monk on their two-ways preaching, it is not reflecting the Buddha’s teaching at all if he elaborated on past Kamma of not giving or donating only.

Of course, the Buddha said that the cause of poor in this present life at least caused by few factors:

– Past misering or stinginess
– Lazy in the present
– Social circumstances
– And business failure because of bad investment etc.
(for reference, please read more on Dhitthidhammikatha in Tripitaka)

For the concept of Kamma (Kamar) raised by Lok Chenda, it will not be a trouble at all to refer to past, present and future. We have always looked beyond the reality of present moment. Of course, the most important time-span is in the present in which yesterday is known for past unarguably etc. Kamma is the same. The core concept is exponentially on our Deed, Speech and Thought during yesterday, today and it will prevail to the future. For the judgement on Kamma: worldly speaking, people will convey one’s achievement on materials. For instance, if our Cambodia country value on “status”, ” wealth”, and “power”; those who have gained those utilities will be praised by the mass (Cambodian mass?); but Dhammaly speaking, Buddha said if those outcomes are not producing both benefit for one own and others, those outcomes are not praised by the wise etc. The judgement of their action would not be right in accordance to the Dhamma value.

Buddha relentlessly advocated for social equity in India during his time. Many pariahs surrendered to his peaceful advocacy.

With Metta;
Sophoan

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