Peace Symposium: Loyalty to State or Faith?

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Peace Symposium was held on the theme “Love for All, Hatred for None”, in August 2017 in Auckland. Our executive member Simon Harrison was asked to provide a Buddhist perspective on the topic “Loyalty to State or Faith?”

Simon began by making it clear that rather than representing all of Buddhism, he was speaking as a student of one particular tradition of Buddhist teachings. He told the story of how Prince Siddhartha renounced his royal role and dedicated himself to finding “abiding peace”, noting that from that perspective the Buddha could be seen as choosing “faith” over “state”.

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