2010年9月25日 星期六

佛教赞同死刑?

这么巧,刚从菩提工作坊分享了佛教对死刑的看法回来,就在Email和Facebook上看到有关对星雲法師的赞同死刑論〈造因不受果報不合天理〉一文的讨论。我曾在这里分享过佛教对死刑的看法。也将在下一期《慈悲》有一篇谈佛教对死刑看法的文章。但是在这里却想向大家推荐台湾溫金柯的文章:〈評星雲法師的死刑論「造因不受果報不合天理」〉。

在菩提时,我们开玩笑的提起说忘了问一行禅师对死刑的看法。据说一行禅师的答问很精彩,可惜这一次法师碍于时间有限而取消问答时段。所以就算想问也没机会。但是刚才上网搜了一下,原来一行禅师已经针对死刑一问作了回答。觉得他说得很好,特节录如下。此外,达赖喇嘛也一样反对死刑

Questions and Answers by Thich Nhat Hanh:
Capital Punishment

Q: Thay, what are your views on capital punishment? Suppose someone has killed ten children. Why should he be allowed to live on?

A: Ten people are dead; now you want another one, you want eleven. A person who has killed ten children is a sick person. Of course we want to lock him up to prevent him killing more, but that is a sick person, and we have to find ways to help that person. Killing him does not help him, and does not help us. There are others like him in society, and looking at him deeply we know that something is wrong with our society; our society has created people like that. Therefore, looking at him, we can see in the light of interbeing the other elements that have produced him. That is how your understanding arises in yourself, and then you see that that person is there for you to help, and not to punish. Of course you have to lock him up for the safety of other children, but locking him up is not the only thing you can do. We can do other things to help him. Punishing is not the only thing, we can do much better.

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  1. Hmmm. I just read the Pumen magazine last night. But the article by 溫金柯 and answer from Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh certainly have given me the opportunity to think about it from another perspective or viewpoint. To be frank, I haven't had a clear personal stand on this matter. It's something worth reflecting. Thanks for sharing on this.

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