Case No. 33/2017: MRW
Dear Prosecutor, Public Defender, Ambassador and Jury Members of the International Buddhist Ethics Committee (IBEC) and Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights (BTHR), with respect of Case 33-2017 against the company “MRW”, on September 7, 2017, it is hereby recorded that the trial of the Ethics Committee has been concluded to analyze the violation of Buddhist Ethics and Human Rights by the accused.
After the analysis of the presentation of the Case and the validation of evidence, the Jury has proceeded with voting of 11 members, confirming that there were 4 votes of “Insanity” and 7 votes of “Responsible” for the Spanish company called “MRW” for the serious crimes of Fraud and Violation of Cultural Heritage. By interpreting and giving voice to the vote of members, it is concluded that although the MRW’s member who sent the message would certainly suffer a psychopathological disorder that deserves the clinic-legal terminology of Insanity, the “MRW” company undoubtedly deserves to be declared as “Responsible”, since not only has not expelled its employee or member but also never requested the corresponding public apologies for this act of Fraud and Violation of Cultural Heritage. In this way, the International Buddhist Ethics Committee has implemented the jurisprudence used in the “Wix & Weebly Case”, again considering that private companies around the world have no right to attack the Buddhist Communities with impunity. These acts demonstrate that the “MRW” company is within the framework of illegality at the international level. However, in case “MRW” company eventually publicly apologizes and repairs the damage caused, but it would fire the member or employee who committed the crime as well, then a post-sentence reconciliation agreement would have been reached, being eventually cancelled all charges against the company. Until this happens, the International Buddhist Ethics Committee declares that “MRW” company is “Responsible” for Fraud and Violation of Cultural Heritage.
The Buddhist Law pays Full Attention to the practice of the adequate word, which not only implies abstention from insult and disqualification but also abstention from dishonesty and deception. This means that the Maitriyana is opposed to the contemporary cultural age, which is based on covering up and manipulation of the Truth. For this reason, the spiritual master clarifies that lying is not only a fundamental feature of politics and economics, but is also the fundamental feature of the current culture of social networks. The Buddhist Law criticizes the contemporary world for being governed more by appearance than by Truth, which means that in the civilization of mass media what appears to be Truth ends up being more important than objective facts. Thus, absurdities, prejudices, falsehoods and lies are uncontrollably sustained by governors, businessmen and ordinary citizens, all of whom contribute to positioning social communication networks as the platform for spreading the greatest cultural deceptions of history. Although the Free and Enlightened Beings (Arhats-Bodhisattvas) are beyond the opposite poles, the Maitriyana is certainly not an accomplice in how the populist regimes and inhuman companies daily distort the distinction between what is true and false. The tradition of Buddhist Law is an ethical authority with sufficient credentials to denounce this prevailing double discourse, which maintains the status quo in the name of change and does harm in the name of good. By not being based on mundane beliefs, passions or interests, the Maitriyana is positioned itself as a counterculture, denouncing populism and capitalism as systems that are based on deceit and lies, as they form a cultural system hiding the Truth in a systematic and widespread way, manipulating society by means of false premises. In a declining world, the product of the savage processes of capitalist accumulation, populism seems to be the only way to keep inequality without being accountable: taking ownership from left-wing Discourse and governing with right-wing actions. In order to do this, populism often turns politics into religion, as well as religion into politics, as is the case in the United States and the Vatican. In effect, the rulers of the world do not seek the antidote to poverty and social injustice, for, by definition, every ruler never seeks the Liberation of his people, but rather dominion and subjugation, which can be done both by violent force and by the manipulative word. However, in face of this contemporary era of deceit, Buddhist Law paradoxically flourishes as a form of ethical and liberating counterculture, embodying the peak knowledge in the face of the prevalence of lies and deception of social networks. In this sense, spiritual masters must be the beacon of a new civilization where the Truth and lie are clearly distinguished. Without falling into intellectualism, the Maitriyana assumes the responsibility of serving as outcome or starting point for a world based on compassionate wisdom (karuna-prajña), proposing solutions to the problems of the world that are perpetuated by populist politics, capitalist economy and manipulative religion. Therefore, the Buddhist Law expresses the voice of humanity’s consciousness.
In conclusion, the International Buddhist Ethics Committee has the Purpose (Dharma) to purify the world through unveiling the illusions and lies that suppress the event of Truth, which implies a direct criticism to the companies performing manipulations and frauds. Therefore, it is established that the “MRW” is violating the cultural rights of the Buddhist People. Undoubtedly, companies should carry out philanthropic activities instead of carrying out attacks and crimes, not only because this is the right thing, but also for purely pragmatic reasons, because companies like “MRW” when doing this kind of activities the only thing they achieve is to acquire a bad reputation. In this way, the Case on the “MRW” is a great teaching for the Truth to predominate, instead of deceit and fraud, which violate human rights.
Following the Path of Master Gautama, who developed a Path of Evanescence (Nirvana) of illusions, the International Buddhist Ethics Committee oversees the companies not to attack the material and immaterial heritage of the Spiritual Communities (Sanghas), so that “MRW” has been sentenced as “Responsible” for FRAUD and VIOLATION OF CULTURAL HERITAGE.
With spirit of reconciliation (maitri),
Master Maitreya Samyaksambuddha
President and Spiritual Judge of the International Buddhist Ethics Committee (IBEC) and Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights (BTHR)