Dialogue with the Supreme Court of Navajo Nation


Buddhist Defense of the New Legal Profession

The international juridical system should be updated or renewed, because professionals with advanced technical, normative and humanitarian training are needed, being undoubtedly interested about social issues. The practice of law profession cannot be nourished only from the contribution of social sciences, but can also learn a lot from traditional legal systems of tribal peoples, such as the Buddhist Tribal Law. In this regard, the international juridical system faces two important challenges: first, the contemporary law needs to be open to the future, incorporating the highest standards of human rights as the center of its theory and practice; secondly, the contemporary law needs to honor the past, respecting the complexity of tribal juridical institutions to understand the historical transformations and ethical values that are the basis of Law. Therefore, the Maitriyana teaches a new kind of law with political, economic, cultural and environmental grounds. The state legal system, on its own, is not enough to understand the complex phenomenon of Law which means that it must incorporate interdisciplinary trainings in psychology, philosophy, sociology and history, such as the Buddhist Tribal Law does, contributing to the professional formation of lawyers of the future. Particularly, perspectives such as those of the analysis of human right to peace, modern theories of social justice, study of direct democracy and the examination of the principles of responsibility in the light of environmental rights should be incorporated. These tools which are prioritized by the Maitriyana are useful to better understand the criminal and civil cases, as well as to propose new legal regulations inspired by human rights. The apprentices of Buddhist Tribal Law have training in critical thinking, by developing the ability of a clear, rigorous and original argumentation, reason by which they learn paradoxical dialectical logic by drafting ethical positionings beyond dualism. This kind of righteous argumentation seeks that laws are consistent with ethics and intuitive reasoning of Natural Law. Thus, the ethics committees and tribunals of consciousness of Maitriyana make use of the peak knowledge (satori) when evaluating cases of violations of the rights of the Buddhic people, of humanity, animals and the Mother Earth (Pachamama). The Jurists (Vinayadharas) of Buddhist Tribal Law are not necessarily experts in all matters, although they must certainly have the capabilities to wisely evaluate cases and compassionately interpret laws, even considering the metadiscussions concerning the appropriate methods to reach Truth and Justice. The spiritual masters are ethical and legal mentors of individuals, being reference sources for their psychical and social development. The Maitriyana then approaches the legal profession of future with the intention that the new generations of apprentices have professional tools to boost their practice of commitment with the Liberation of others. The Buddhist Tribal Law is a metapower whose practice is juridical teaching, by promoting the defense of ethics, human rights and fundamental freedoms. Therefore, the ethics committees and tribunals of consciousness of Maitriyana embody an improvement and evolution of the international system of Justice, which can import these traditional juridical practices of tribal peoples and adapt them to the needs of the global community. These skills of the Buddhist Tribal Law will be fundamental in the world of tomorrow, which will develop democratization and purification of Justice to unprecedented levels.



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