Outline for History Benchmark
Issue: I will look at how certain religions look at the issue of warfare.
Religion: I decided to focus on Buddhism and the Sikhism
Talk about how religion is a guide to a persons life,

Introduction:

War occurs all throughout history. Some more important than others. Most wars can cause a lot of damage in the future, and some can bring lots of change in the future as well. If you look at war in a human perspective, you might get different opinions about how if the war is for a good cause then it's fine. Or how killing is un-neccessarry and it brings pain and sorrow lots of people. If you look at war in a religious perspective, it can be straight forward on what they have to say. So for the benchmark, I have decided to look at Buddhism and Sikhism. Now Buddhists believe that non-vilolecne should be in each buddhist's heart, but Sikhs believe that war is the "just war". In other words, it means the Dharam Yudh which stands for the war in defense of righteousness.

Buddism:

external image buddha.jpgBuddhism is a really chill religion. They are all about calmness and peace. " Holding on to anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. When looking at war through a buddhist's eye can be challenging at first coming from as they are a very non-violent religion.

"In times of war,give rise in yourself to the mind of compassion, helping living things abandon the will to fight."
Even if thieves carve you limb from limb with a double-handed saw, if you make your mind hostile you are not following my teaching.
Kamcupamasutta, Majjhima-Nikkaya I ~ 28-29
I thought of this quote as when times of war comes around, you need to rise above yourself and try to make peace with the issue. Like instead of the fighting aspect, try to work your way into the cause. Try and make it better without killing and hatred being your first reaction. This could also be taken as be the better person or like you don't always have to raise a fist or a weapon to win certain fights.


" In killing I would be betraying and abandoning the very teachings I would be seeking to preserve. So it would be better to let him kill me and remain true to the spirit of the Dharma." a Buddhist.
This quote can be showing how Buddhists really take peacefulness seriously. Some keywords from this quote are" betraying and abandoning the very teachings that I would be seeking to preserve." or " to let him kill me and remain true to the sprit of Dharma". Buddhists may be the best choice you have to like solve any conflict that may occur in the world. It's almost like they know how to handle these situations without putting another person's life at risk. They know how to follow the teachings of Budda and the Dharma to the point. They take their religion seriously.


Sikhism:

external image nanak.jpg Sikhism has a belief of a " just war ". Just war means in sikhism means different things. A couple things that apply are... 1.The specific war has to be the last and only option; all other options must have been attempted first. 2. The reason for war should not be for revenge. 3. That army must not contain any mercenaries what so ever. 4. At all costs, civilians must not be harmed. And finally, there must not be any territory obtained through the whole process and anything that was taken must be returned back.
Sikhs also believe in treaties and cease fire.They must be honored. Places of worship must not be damaged as well. Sikhs are also expected to take military action towards oppression and abuse.

"No one is my enemy,No one is a foreigner. With all I am at peace, God within us renders us incapable of hate and prejudice."- Guru Nanak
When they were talking about this quote, they were explaining how in the 16th century, Guru Nanak wanted sikhism to be a religion of peace. This quote as when times of war comes around, you need to rise above yourself and try to make peace with the issue. Like instead of the fighting aspect, try to work your way into the cause. Try and make it better without killing and hatred being your first reaction.

"When all efforts to restore peace proves useless and no words avail, Lawful is the flash of steel. It is right to dew the sword."- Guru Gobind Singh
When they talked about this quote, they said that around the 5th guru, sikhism had become increasingly militant. The 6th guru believed that military action might be needed to promote justice and will protect the innocent. The 10th guru, Guru Gobind Singh made is quite simple that military actions will be last resorts, but stressed that they should't be avoided. This quote had me thinking about how people can take war different ways. Like if the opposite side attacks first, the first option most times is to send their men into that country to respond back. Now sikhism is almost like saying that wait till the right time to strike. And on the " time off ", make smart decisions about how you might want to counteract the enemy.


Conclusion:


Now that you've seen two different religions on war, and how one resorts to the peaceful option and how the other resorts to war ONLY when the time is right, How do you see you're countries army? Do they attack immediately after an attack, or do they try to send people in to talk about the problem and try to make things right without any blood being shed on any of their front loans? I think that we need to look at the issue first. If it looked like an obvious act of terror or war, then do what ever you need to do to flip the switch, but look at the positive first before you look at the negative before you go and take lives left and right for a small issue that could've been solved with a little talk between the nations.