My Encounter with a Socially Engaged Buddhist

"You could be an extremely devoted person, but in the end, it all boils down to if you're a good human or not"


These words were uttered by Dungsey Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche. Religion does preach of virtues and morals, however it doesn't mean that every devotee possesses them. In his words being a good human was being kind to everyone and helping them out. This is why he worked on that track to become a good human. At the young age of 19 he came up with a plan to help solve the problem of water scarcity and relief from water-born diseases. After starting the project in 1994, they managed to achieve a stable water supply for all the residents in Tibetan settlement camps and several villages. There are many more examples of his good deeds, like building orphanages or hospitals and school for the poor and underprivileged. But why does he do this? Why does he feel the need to be a good person? It is as the fulfilment and satisfaction one receives after helping an underprivileged person, is way better than knowing of it, and simply ignoring it. The reason why several men like Bill Gates, donate large amounts of money to orphanages or NGO's, is so they can be a good person. These examples have inspired me into doing something similar and I look forward on starting on it soon.

Religion is a way to get close to god, but how could you possibly get closer to god when you have only worshipped an idol and not helped the people. I have heard this saying several times 'everyone has god in them', so why not help a few dozen hidden gods, instead of going to a temple and helping one? Mr Dungsey believes that by helping these people he is simply getting closer to god and in the process becoming a good person. Why doesn't everyone become a good human? Because in the end we all want to be good humans, it's just that some of us don't understand the point of it.




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