DHAMMA SOLDIER: Let us stand up and stand to­gether

Mizzima Business Weekly - - CULTURE & LIFESTYLE - Ven­er­a­ble Sumedha Bodhi

In the time of tech­no­log­i­cal dis­rup­tions, public fig­ures are pro­mot­ing evils in­stead of virtues, an in­crease in the num­ber of nat­u­ral dis­as­ters as a re­sult of cli­mate change and of volatile fi­nan­cial mar­kets. We need stan­dards, guide­lines and val­ues more than ever in our so­ci­eties.

For the so­lu­tion to such prob­lems, you have to re­mem­ber our watch­word and method of DHAMMA SOLDIER, which works to come out from ‘Evil’ around us and ‘ills’ within.

ETHICS, which stands for ‘Em­pow­er­ment', ‘Trans­for­ma­tion', ‘Holis­tic', ‘In­tegrity', ‘Com­pe­tence' and ‘Sus­tain­abil­ity'. By pro­mot­ing ETHICS in higher ed­u­ca­tion, we aim to achieve our vi­sion to build sus­tain­able, just and peace­ful so­ci­eties. I will ex­plain each of these con­cepts in­di­vid­u­ally and why we chose ETHICS as the way:

• Em­pow­er­ment: Those who re­sist un­eth­i­cal prac­tices in higher ed­u­ca­tion, so­ci­ety, gov­ern­ment and in­di­vid­u­als of­ten feel iso­lated and find them­selves among a small mi­nor­ity of peo­ple who are con­cerned and want to act. For ex­am­ple: Our Dhamma soldier move­ment is work­ing to up­root “so­cial, po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic in­jus­tice and suf­fer­ing” to es­tab­lish good eth­i­cal stan­dards, so we are fac­ing iso­la­tion some­times. For them, knowl­edge, wis­dom, char­ac­ter ed­u­ca­tion and mu­tual support are em­pow­er­ing.

• Trans­for­ma­tion: Higher ed­u­ca­tion is not a goal in it­self. It has to serve in trans­form­ing hu­man be­ings and so­ci­eties to­wards a life of dig­nity, jus­tice, equal­ity, peace and eco­log­i­cal sus­tain­abil­ity for all.

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