#WW: ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ How nations thrive and die. Buddha’s advice to a King

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Published on Aug 10, 2022

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To all our Singapore readers.. happy national day! Today we reflect on what Buddha advised a king on how nations come together and how they weaken. In addition, we look at the diverse nation we live in. May we always grow in the path of peace!

1. Following these 7 principles fosters harmony in a nation. Buddha’s advice to a king.

2. A Fresh Take on Different Faiths in Singapore

Following these 7 principles fosters harmony in a nation. Buddha’s advice to a king.

Image of King Ajatashatru, who wanted to invade a country

What’s going on here & why we like it

Buddhist Door, a blog focused on Buddhist stories, shares how Buddha advised a king to NOT invade a country because that country followed 7 principles that strengthened unity. One of them includes protecting the rights and safety of women! Buddha was being skilful in dissuading the young king as it would have led to unnecessary bloodshed. However, the ultimate outcome was one that ended with blood on the streets.

As they quarrelled among themselves, their united front collapsed. This time the clever minister sent a message to King Ajatasattu: โ€œNow is the time to attack.โ€

Wise Steps

Yes, you probably are not running a nation but rather part of an organisation (work/ community/ youth group). Reading these 7 principles is still useful in the way of running these groups that you work with. What are some ways you can implement them? What are some missing pieces in your organisation?

Read the article here.

A Fresh Take on Different Faiths in Singapore

What’s going on here & why we like it

Ophelia, a HOL contributor, shares her thoughts on national day and how there are different colours of religions coming together in the melting pot of Singapore. She explores how different acts in religions converge towards similar meetings. If we could all look deeper, we just might learn something new!

It is natural to agree and disagree; to identify and cluster, what more to differentiate and โ€“ god forbid โ€“ discriminate. Yet, how often do we understand each other?

Wise Steps

Take a chance to know more intimately the rituals of other religions, you might learn something new and shed away prejudices that you held!

Enjoy the article below!


Author: Handful of Leaves

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