No Castes. . .
Buddhists teach that prejudice is an example of ignorance. Furthermore, believing that we are in some way superior to those around us is an example of craving or of fear. When people discriminate, their behaviour reflects an ignorant attitude towards other people. Buddhists believe that ignorance and craving cause people to suffer – known as dukkha.
Buddhists believe in equanimity, upekkha. This means an equal attitude towards everyone. Buddhists try to ensure that everyone is treated as such in society. Buddhists believe that there is no fundamental difference between any human. Every individual is valued and should be treated fairly and therefore with justice. The Dalai Lama is very compassionate about each of us havinga responsibility to work to rid the world of prejudice and discrimination. Only when we have a positive attitude towards others can we do our small part in removing prejudice from the world.
“Whatever living beings there may be — feeble or strong, long, stout, or of medium size, short, small, large, those seen or those unseen, those dwelling far or near, those who are born as well as those yet to be born — may all beings have happy minds.” – The Buddha
Peace and Love, Jim