CONGRATULATIONS to the Planning Assessment Commission on its decision to delete the golf course and 300 residential blocks from the proposed Shaolin temple development.
Congratulations also to South Coast MP Shelley Hancock and all those who pointed out the weaknesses of this proposal.
The little I know of Buddhism is the importance of helping others, and not focusing on one’s own pleasures.
However, they believe, and Western science now supports this view, that helping others is one of the surest ways to make oneself happy.
Buddhists do not believe that happiness is found in a game of golf, and probably not in a four-star hotel.
Buddhists would also be mortified if their conscious behaviour resulted in harm to other beings – as would be the case with any polluting development.
So if this was truly a development for the training and sharing of Buddhism or Buddhist martial arts, it would logically aspire to minimal destruction of the natural environment; and it would not value luxury accommodation.