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Good governance the buddhist way

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Good Governance

Good Governance

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  • 1. Good Governance –the Buddhist wayJayadeva de SilvaDasaraja Dharmaya-Do your rulers follow these?Dana - GiftingParithyaga - SacrificeSila - VirtueThapasa - Austeritylrju - UprightnessMurdu - SoftAvihimsa - Non-harmAkrodaya - Non-ill willKanthi - ForbearanceAvirodita - Non-conflict“In the Jataka, the Buddha had given to rules for Good Government, known as „Dasa RajaDharma‟. These ten rules can be applied even today by any government which wishes to rule thecountry peacefully. The rules are as follows:1) be liberal and avoid selfishness,2) maintain a high moral character,3) be prepared to sacrifice one‟s own pleasure for the well-being of the subjects,4) be honest and maintain absolute integrity,5) be kind and gentle,6) lead a simple life for the subjects to emulate,7) be free from hatred of any kind,8) exercise non-violence,9) practise patience, and10) respect public opinion to promote peace and harmony.Regarding the behavior of rulers, He further advised:- A good ruler should act impartially and should not be biased and discriminate between oneparticular group of subjects against another.- A good ruler should not harbor any form of hatred against any of his subjects.- A good ruler should show no fear whatsoever in the enforcement of the law, if it is justifiable.- A good ruler must possess a clear understanding of the law to be enforced. It should not beenforced just because the ruler has the authority to enforce the law. It must be done in areasonable manner and with common sense. ~ Cakkavatti Sihananda Sutta”

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