Case Number 07/2015: Param Anand
JUDGEMENT AND ETHICAL CONCLUSION
Dear Prosecutor, Executive Secretary and Members of the Jury of the International Buddhist Ethics Committee (IBEC) and Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights (BTHR). Regarding the case reported by Amitabha Buddhist Society (ABS) against Param Anand, through the present, on September 30, 2015, I confirm that it is concluded the seventh case of the Ethics Committee in order to analyze the violation performed by the Accused towards Buddhist Spirituality.
After the vast amount of evidence certified as valid by the Prosecutor, the defendant having been able to provide statement, it has proceeded with the vote of six members of the Jury. The result of this process of Dharmic Justice, which is essentially democratic, was the sentence as “Responsible” to Param Anand for the serious crimes of Defamation, Slanders, Threats and Nationalism within Buddhism. In this case, there were 6 votes for “Responsible” for the charges of Defamation, Slanders and Nationalism within Buddhism, while in charges of Threats there were 5 votes for “Responsible” and 1 vote for “Innocent”.
The defendant’s actions have violated the Buddhist ethical precepts that are essential for the spiritual practice, because his confessed use of lies and defamation have evidenced that his motive was essentially Discrimination, which is an evil that is repeated in certain supposedly Buddhist people who forget the messages of compassionate wisdom transmitted by Siddhartha Gautama and hundreds of Buddhist masters throughout history. Thus, by trying to boycott international Buddhist events that are sacred, the accused has violated the Noble Eightfold Path, since he has demonstrated a lack of righteousness in understanding, thinking, words, attention, concentration, knowledge and liberation. In addition, this noxious behavior on the part of Mr. Param Anand is neither new nor is the product of a momentary emotional state, but it is the result of a pattern of thought from attachment to ideologies and aversion to those who think differently, something that has been repeating for years in him, such as he has demonstrated his past slanders against participating members of the Seventh Buddhist Council. All this proves that the accused transmits a nationalistic and discriminatory Buddhism, which constitutes a huge threat to the purity of the Spirituality of Dharma.
Concordantly, these public statements of the accused are part of a cultural climate of indifference or discrimination towards the revolution being undertaken by the World Association of Buddhism, whose spiritual engine is the Maitriyana movement. This international organization not only contributes to Global Peace and Dialogue in explicit and obvious ways for all humanity, but also represents the antidote to the evil of discrimination that has infected most of the groups in the world. In this sense, the Maitriyana is the transcultural continuation of Navayana founded by the great sage from India Ambedkar, to whom paradoxically Mr. Param Anand follows.
Therefore, the International Buddhist Ethics Committee & Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights rules that the Buddhist Spirituality, as a path of Equality, must publicly sanction the defendant for misconduct, breaching vows and misunderstanding of the spiritual doctrines. At the same time, as a humanitarian organization dedicated to Goodness and Compassionate Wisdom, Maitreya Buddhist University offers to Mr. Param Anand a full scholarship to study a PhD in Buddhist Philosophy in our Temple and School in the face-to-face modality, as long as he publicly apologizes to those who has affected with his discriminatory statements, by committing to do good, to abstain from doing evil and purify the mind. Hopefully this helps him to achieve the Evanescence (Nirvana) from dualism that inhabits his heart, by being able to find true happiness.
Following the Path of the Master Siddhartha Gautama, who has been the true Light of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity in the world, until the present time, the International Buddhist Ethics Committee & Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights has analyzed four individuals, each of them being a part of the great Buddhist traditions: Hinayana, Mahayana, Vajrayana and Navayana. In this way, devoid of any ideological or sectarian bias, our Committee has been able to verify these serious offenses of Defamation, Slanders, Threats and Nationalism within Buddhism that were perpetrated by Mr. Param Anand. Although we forgive his misbehavior and certainly we offer ways to achieve Reconciliation (Maitri), we cannot fail to denounce his behavior as contrary to everything that represents Buddhist Spirituality as a lifestyle of friendship and respect.
Always with a spirit of reconciliation (maitri),
Buddhist Master Maitreya
Spiritual Guide and President of the International Buddhist Ethics Committee (IBEC) & Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights (BTHR)