There are many causes of war and strong arguments for and against. Some feel that war is at times unavoidable. Most Buddhists are committed to non-violence and to helping those who suffer through war.
What is war?
The search for a peaceful solution to a problem
Two people who disagree and come to blows
An organised conflict between states
Which of these is a common cause of war?
To defend yourself against an aggressor
To agree with friends about the right thing to do
To pray for your enemies
How does the United Nations try to avoid wars?
By providing weapons for both sides
By remaining indifferent
By getting countries to discuss their problems
What do pacifists believe about war?
Sometimes it might be legitimate and right, though not desirable
It is always a good thing
It is never acceptable
Which Buddhist Precept helps Buddhist to understand that war is wrong?
I will aim for escape from the cycle of life, death and rebirth
I will not harm another living being
I will not lie or gossip
Why might the belief in right speech prevent wars from starting?
Everyone will talk positively towards each other and not engage in foolish arguments which could result in conflict
Countries will not talk to each other in the first place
Everyone will believe that engaging in physical conflict is wrong
What does ahimsa mean?
A war fought in defence of a country
Acting with compassion and love
Not taking anything which belongs to someone else
What does Shaolin teach about the role of monks when facing conflict?
Monks can engage in physical aggression
Monks cannot be the aggressor
Monks must fight to defend themselves
Which charity helps improve the lives of the children of Tibet?
The Tibetan Buddhist Charitable Aid
The Buddhist Charity of Tibet
The Children Charity of Tibet
What is Nirvana?
It is the belief in the cycle of life, death and rebirth
It is the spiritual goal of every Buddhist
It is the belief that everything we do has a consequence, either in this life or in the next