Re: Nationalism, Buddhism and Justified Violence
- From: oxtail <oxtail@nowhere>
- Date: Wed, 02 Apr 2008 13:08:42 -0400
On Mar 29, 1:35 am, oxtail <oxtail@nowhere> wrote:.
What should the Burmese monks do?
Monks everywhere in the world become aware of
spiritual truth, think, speak, act as spiritual people.
Great pressures come from life and also from those
accustomed to confrontational politics. Individuals,
groups, corporations, nations influenced by various
internal segments encourage sectors of societies
(including the monks of Burma) to act in opposition.
I feel the breath of Buddhist action is co-operation.
So, the right speech teaches that earth is earth.
In a practical sense, if sincerely the USA wants
to help the people of Burma, let the leaders of the
USA observe the earth as one entity, therefore
let them respect fully the earth's authority of the
Let them listen attentively to the understandings
of all peoples and seek really what is in the best
interests of all people. If truly this method is done
if actually the earth's representatives at the UN
decide on what is best for people everywhere,
then co-operative activity can heal the past and
open the door to living peacefully in the future.
I understand the practical challenges for those
whose lives have been lived in experiencing, in
keen study of the techniques of confrontation,
that such are generators of personal and of
corporate wealth and power. Monks everywhere
can perform spiritual exercises and speak the
truth that individuals, groups, corporations and
nations are better off co-operating.
If the earth, the global community, so distinct
from this or that segment, decides on standards
of behaviour, on correct ways to live, including
the guarantee of the necessities of life to each
person in each part of the world, the physical
causes of discord are reduced, removed.
An English phrase is "looking outside the
box." This box has so long enclosed the
minds of many politically active people to
contend against each other and consider
all the facets of arousing opposition. I feel
monks everywhere can teach transcending
such a box of contention. Let everyone look
to the facets of co-operation for the benefit
of all on earth.
Good for you!
Does that mean
the Chinese should stop
torturing peaceful protesters?
Are you ready to go to jail
for your faith?
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