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Dhamma Warriors
[Opinion] A debate is needed on the concept of fighter Bhikkus
Mohan Tiptur (mohanttr)     Print Article 
  Published 2006-12-27 10:43 (KST)   
Dhamma needs to be protected. In this world of aggressive religions a non-aggressive religion has to make a stand otherwise its existence will be constantly in danger.

It has to struggle against the odds to survive. It is a struggle for the existence and survival of the fittest religion. The fittest religion should not only be good and moral but also strong. A religion which cannot keep itself alive, cannot be a good refuge for its followers. Just as it is the duty of a man to protect his wife and children, so it is the duty of a religion to protect its followers and missionaries.

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A violent religion along with its misguided followers may destroy a good religion if it cannot protect itself. In the history of India there are such examples galore.

If the Buddha, had provided a wing of fighter Bhikkus in his Sangha, Dhamma would not have died out in India as it did in the last 1000 years. It is only because of Dr. Ambedkar -- the true Buddhist next only to the Buddha -- the lord of all humans, Buddhism has been revived in India.

But, if the Ambedkarites don't awaken and rise to the occasion, Dhamma shall vanish not only from India but also from the world. Hence, Dhamma needs to maintain its own warriors if it is to survive.

The term warrior means a skilled soldier who is at ease in fighting. But that doesn't mean he is hungry for violence. A Dhamma warrior is fond of fighting to preserve and perpetuate Dhamma. He fights when his fighting is needed for the Dhamma. I invite all those who sincerely love Dhamma to contemplate and reflect upon the concept.

I know that Dhamma warrior (D W) concept is unacceptable to the traditional Buddhists. The first thing that crosses their mind is that the concept of Dhamma warrior runs counter to the concept of Ahimsa (non-violence) of Buddha. For those people I shall quote the following lines from Dr Ambedkar's book The Buddha and his Dhamma.

1. "Ahimso peramo dharma" is an extreme doctrine. It is a Jain doctrine. It is not a Buddhist doctrine.
2. There is another piece of evidence, which is more direct than circumstantial, which almost amounts to a definition of Ahimsa. He has said "love all so that you may not wish to kill any." This is a positive way of stating the principle of Ahimsa.
3. From this it appears that the doctrine of Ahimsa does not say "Kill not, It says love all."
4. It is quite clear that Buddha meant to make a distinction between will to kill and need to kill.
5. He did not ban killing where there was need to kill.
6. What he banned was killing where there was nothing but the will to kill.

Hence, my concept of Dhamma warrior does not run counter to the concept of Ahimsa. A Dhamma warrior exercises his skills of warfare only in the situations in which his services are sought to preserve or perpetuate Dhamma. Otherwise, he is a perfectly peaceful practitioner. Dhamma warrior is a perfectly Buddhist concept which everyone must respect.

I request all sincere Buddhists to debate this concept openly worldwide and come to conclusions based on them.

- Dhamma Warriors by Mohan Tiptur (Read by Claire George) 

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