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慈善福利與社會公義:以食物銀行為例

The vision of Taiwan People’s Food Bank Association
1) Long term goal: Establish direct partnership with farmers and logistic industries, develop material management and home delivery and establishment of love kitchen to provide food for the poor children and elderly who are staying alone.
2) Current situation: Taiwan is not lacking in food resources, but too many resources cannot be evenly distributed. There is a lack of ways to pass the resources to those who are in difficulties or in need. When a person has too much food resources, it was always lost.
3) Solution: develop a stable strategy to channel the wasted food so that the vision of resources optimization could be achieved.

The Humanistic Buddhism practice:
Vow from the Medicine Buddha: “May all beings free from hunger, may all beings free from sufferings.” Bodhicitta, great compassion and wisdom are the foundation in Bodhisattva-carya. The bodhisattva resolves to perform altruistic practices and purify the mind and body progressively. The humanistic Buddhism cannot ignore the needs of the human life. However, humans’ desires are endless; too much dissatisfied greed will cause disappointment. Thus, humanistic Buddhism advocates “having few desires bring riches without worry”.

Conclusion
(a) taking “food bank” as an example, collecting materials from merchandisers, distributors, retailers, manufacturers and even individuals, and rescuing edible materials that are about to be discarded, and then storing them properly. Lastly redistribute to those in need.

(b) Buddhist monasteries, lay groups and individuals can respond to the “food bank” by sharing food and love, help the poor, reduce food waste, and build a network to fight hunger.
(c) Build a world with five qualities: happy, harmony family, mutual respect, harmony society and peaceful world.

台灣全民食物銀行願景:
(一)長期目標:希望可以與物流產業合作,發展物資管理支持及宅配系統,並建立愛心廚房,期許提供弱勢貧困學童及獨居老人。
(二)現況問題:台灣在食物資源上並不缺乏,而是過多的資源無法被平均分配。缺少途徑傳遞資源到有困難,有需要人們的人們手中。當一般人有過多的食物資源時,往往不知道去哪裡?
(三)解決方法:將被浪費的食物,建立穩定傳送物資的管道,期許達到資源不浪費,並能善成就最佳化的願景。
人間佛教的具體實踐:
藥師佛大願:願眾生無飢渴,願眾生離苦得樂。人菩薩行,以三心為基本:大乘信願(菩提心)、大悲心、空性見。菩薩發心,以「利他為先」,要達成利他目的,必須淨化自己身心。菩薩在堅定菩提、長養慈悲心、勝解緣起性空的正見中,淨化身心,日漸進步。而人間佛教不能不顧及現實人間的生活需要;只不過人的慾望是無窮的,而世間的物質有限,過多的貪欲得不到滿足就會失望,因此人間佛教提倡「少欲知足」,少欲才會安樂,知足才是富有。
結論:
(一)以「食物銀行」為例,收集來自量販店、盤商、零售商、製造商,甚至個人的愛心物資,以及搶救即將被丟棄的可食用物資,進行妥善的儲存以後,再將食物重新分配給最需要的人們手中。
(二)希望佛教寺院、居士團體與個人,都能響應「食物銀行」分享食物分享愛,貧困濟助,減少食物浪費,建構無飢餓網路。
(三)建一個「自心和悅、家庭和順、人我和敬、社會和諧、世界和平」的五和人間,增進人生的幸福、安樂與美好。

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谢旭原