Throughout history, people have accused religion of being a force behind prejudice and discrimination. Buddhists view prejudice as an example of ignorance and superiority as an example of craving.
What is prejudice?
Denying somebody the right to life
Having an unfavourable view of someone before you get to know them
Taking action that stops a person having a fair chance
What is discrimination?
What is positive discrimination?
When a person with a disadvantage is given another limitation to cope with
When someone is given special privileges to compensate for a perceived disadvantage
When an offender is put in prison to take them away from society
Which of these is a cause of prejudice?
Being born abroad
How can prejudice badly affect society?
It can help people understand each other
It can create an atmosphere of fear
It can make everybody happy
Why does discrimination cause others to suffer?
Because discrimination is believed to be caused by ignorance and craving
Because discrimination is caused by dukkha
Because discrimination is believed to be a feature of anicca
Why is the Precept to avoid false speech important for Buddhist teaching on discrimination?
Buddhists should not lie about their involvement in discrimination
Buddhists should not engage in lying about other people discriminating
Buddhists should not speak negatively about others. Discrimination can often come in the form of harsh speech
What is Metta Bhavana meditation?
Meditation that focuses on feeling love for all human beings
Meditation which focuses on breathing alone
Meditation which involves focusing on the belief in karma