As the UK leaders decide who should form the next government after an inconclusive general election result it is timely to examine what guidance the Buddha gave on the principles and actions that go to make up good governance.
The Buddha put forward ten rules that should should be followed by a ruler or government if they wish the country to be run responsibly and well.
The ten rules are ;
1) be liberal and avoid selfish behaviour ,
2) be of high moral character,
3) be prepared to sacrifice one's own pleasure for the good of your subjects,
4) be honest and maintain absolute integrity,
5) be kind and gentle,
6) lead a simple life for the subjects to emulate,
7) be free from all kinds of hatred,
8) practice and encourage non-violence
10) be respectful of public opinion to promote peace and harmony.
He also went on further to state;
- A good leader should be impartial and not be biased in order not to discriminate between different groups in society
- A good leader should eschew hatred towards any group in society
- A good leader should enforce good laws without fear
- A good leader must clearly understand the purpose and function of the law in good governance. Furthermore the law should be enforced in a reasonable manner and with common sense.