By Harold Mandel –
In an era of the witnessing of the disintegration of of basic human values with more government corruption, brutality, wars, poverty, starvation and homelessness seen on the planet than ever before the teaching of human values by the Buddhist clergy is more valued than ever by many people. In Syracuse where a microcosm of the world’s problems exists with it appearing more families struggling to survive on the fringes of existence than ever seen, Buddhists have been looking towards the Buddhist clergy for guidance to help them cope with the harsh realities of the world around them.
S M Wijayaratne of the Kurunegala Daily News has reported for The Buddhist Channel “Buddhist clergy inculcates noble values.” Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena at Wellewa Bodhirukkaramaya ancient temple at Polgahawela in the Kurunegala district of Sri Lanka has said “Noble human values exist in the minds of the people because of the spiritual guidance offered by members of the Buddhist clergy. The MahaSangha have always guided rulers to govern our country by utilizing the greatest teachings of the Buddha, whose compassion towards humanity was boundless. If there were no virtuous members of Buddhist clergy, we would have become bankrupt in human values by now and behaved like beasts in the forest. Therefore, our duty towards such noble human beings must be fulfilled without further delay.”
Health Minister Sirisena has also said “It is a matter for us to be proud of our Buddhist scholars who spread the noble message of the Enlightened One in many foreign countries. “We live in a just society in peace and harmony today because of our Buddhist monks and the religious dignitaries of other faiths. We all should explore ways for fostering noble human values in the minds of university undergraduates and schoolchildren. Parents and teachers should take the lead in this regard and it is a task of national interest. Everybody should participate in the task of moulding the characters of youngsters.” It is very true that we should be proud of our Buddhist scholars who help us attain more noble values in our troubled world.
*Harold Mandel is a Buddhist who has earned a medical degree (MD) and who feels spiritual awareness is an essential component of overall good health. He also writes as the Syracuse Natural Health Examiner.