Daily Archives: May 2, 2013

Tell Me This Isn’t Happening

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“Of all the moral precepts instilled in Buddhist monks the promise not to kill comes first, and the principle of non-violence is arguably more central to Buddhism than any other major religion. So why have monks been using hate speech against Muslims and joining mobs that have left dozens dead?”

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I don’t remember much from history class. It was to busy being taught in a boring monotone way to make it something people might actually be interested in. Otherwise I might have recalled at some point that Buddhism has had a violent past like some other religions ( I hope to be able to look more into this tomorrow ). But I am having the hardest time wrapping my head around that instead of just peacefully protesting (like the picture above) something, they are turning to violence. Has the reporter missed something? Perhaps they’ve let someone become influential to them who shouldn’t be? If the peaceful can’t be peaceful does that mean tough times ahead are inevitable?

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Bullets fired shop in Pattani province in southern Thailand killing six people, including a toddler. “All those killed were believed to be Buddhists. A note left at the scene did not identify the group behind the attack, but said it was in retaliation for the deaths of some of their fellow members.”

Don’t these two reports seem to be connected? The shooting in Thailand really seems like retaliation for the above situation. 😦

To whom does Wounded Knee belong?

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“For the Sioux descendants still living in the Pine Ridge reservation, who remember first-hand accounts of the atrocity, the news that a key part of that painful history could be sold outside the tribe has come as a shock. A 40-acre parcel of land that’s part of the massacre site is up for sale, and its owner has given the tribe until 1 May to come up with the $3.9m (£2.5m) asking price. If they don’t, land owner James Czywczynski says he will be forced to accept one of several offers he has already secured from commercial buyers, who may attempt to capitalize on the land as a tourist attraction.”

Is this a rhetorical question?