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Morality and Religion

What is difference of “morality” and “religion”?

The word “religion” has a broader meaning than the word “morality.” The Morality has to do with behavior and happiness, and is basically the same the world over. A religion is a system of practice of a high order. The ways of practice advocated by the various religions differ greatly.

Morality makes us good people, behaving in accordance with the general principles of community life and in such a way as to cause no distress to ourselves or others. But though a person may be thoroughly moral, he may still be far from free from the suffering attendant on birth, aging, pain, and death, still not free from oppression by the mental defilements. Morality stops well short of the elimination of craving, aversion, and delusion, so cannot do away with suffering. Religion, particularly Buddhism, goes much further than this. It aims directly at the complete elimination of the defilements, that is, it aims at extinguishing the various kinds of suffering attendant on birth, aging, pain, and death. This indicates how religion differs from mere morality, and how much further Buddhism goes than the moral systems of the world in general. Having understood this, we can now turn our attention to Buddhism itself.




from Mankind
by Venerable Buddhadasa Bhikkhu







 

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