Democracy on Buddhistic Approach

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Panya Klaydesh Sukit Chaimusik Pachabodee Yaemsoonthorn

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This article describes the Buddhist principle compatible with the democratic principle. Interpretation of Buddhism and democracy is more generally attempted to describe in the same accord to assure that Buddhism will be accepted compatible with the current modern government. There are two compatible characteristics as

1. The democratic principle of the Buddhist monastic community: 1) Government of the Bhikkhus, by the Bhikkhus, for the Bhikkhus2) All Bhikkhus are equalunder the law (Dhamma and Vinaya)3) All Bhikkhus can participate to comment and advise the Sangha 4) Decision-making by all Bhikkhus

2. The democratic principles in the Buddhist teaching which are similar to Democratic principle nowadays as 1) People Participation 2) Equality 3) Freedom 4) Majority.

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