Reflection of world religious tradition in relation to violence against children

Holistic Development: How to make it possible?

Holistic development, each word separately or together as a concept come with a history and challenge you as to its meaning and sense. Words such as ‘holistic’ and ‘development’ are in themselves as well as together difficult to grasp. They are filled with connotations and opinions, sometimes contradicting each other. They are intensely part of our time and many of their interpretations have been discarded along the way. Development begs e.g. the question, whose development? What is it to be developed and when is one considered developed? Who calls the shots? The concept is dense. It easily enters a trendy discourse. There is substance but it can also be void of precision. Defining is difficult. Holistic is often characterized by the idea that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts and the parts are intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole. The sum of the parts together adds something that the parts alone do not have. This echoes the saying in Tao Te Ching:

Read more ...

Buddhist Perspective on the Child

I am a priest from Jodo-shu, the “Pure Land” school of Japanese Buddhism. Japanese Buddhism is extremely diverse; in Jodo-shu, we focus on Amida Buddha, and our goal is to go to the pure land of ultimate bliss.

Buddhism pursues “awakening to the truth,” and Jodo-shu shares this aim. Since it is very difficult for human beings to reach that state, Jodo-shu teaches a two-stage path to enlightenment: Amida Buddha first helps us reach the pure land of ultimate bliss, where all people can live in peace, and then each person attains Buddhahood there.

Read more ...

The Significance and Value of the Child in Jainism

The Jain tradition is probably best known outside the Jain community for its very strong commitment to an ascetic ethos based on strict adherence to the principle of ahimsa, or nonviolence in thought, word, and deed. The ideal Jain is the Jain monk who dedicates his life to practicing harmlessness toward all beings and preaching this ideal to the wider lay Jain community.

Read more ...

The Child in the Hindu Tradition

The Hindu Religious Value for the Child

From the perspective of Hinduism, the highest value is attributed to God. As the single, unique, uncreated and imperishable source of all that exists, God surpasses everything else that is subject to time and to change. The existence of everything else is contingent and dependent on God. The Hindu tradition understands God alone to be the source of all creation. The Upanishads describe the creation as originating in a wish on the part of God for self-multiplication. Taittiriya Upanishad (2.6.1), describes this divine wish in the following words:

Read more ...