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September 27, 2007

Buddhist Channel on Burma

The Buddhist Channel is closely following the goings-on in Burma. More »
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September 27, 2007

Burma Action Plan

This email came yesterday from the U.S. Campaign for Burma: Here's What You Can Do to Support the Saffron Revolution Dear Supporter, Courageous people of Burma, under the leadership of Buddhist monks, began a national strike today. Over 200,000 people, monks, nuns, students, actors, journalists, doctors, housewives, elders, people from all walks of live join in the national strike in Rangoon today and many other cities through out the country. More »
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September 26, 2007

More Thoughts on Burma

In a way global capitalism made this happen, if the protests in Burma were initially ignited by fuel oil prices -- coupled with the common human need for democracy? I don't think Bush and co. can claim much credit, but the U.S.'s longstanding support of global capitalism in all its brutal Walmart-enriching power certainly played a role. Is this a preview for Cuba or North Korea? Those countries are semi-insulated from the world marketplace, but so is Myanmar, and the internet and all our increased interconnections are bringing down walls. Could this be a preview for China twenty five years down the road? I think it was Orwell who wrote that if the people want to be free, they can simply do so, like a horse shaking off fleas. Or was it Jack London?... Ah, oil! More »
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September 26, 2007

More from Jim Carrey

We were reminded that Jim Carrey has YouTubed more on Burma (video here) so we've posted the link here. Sorry for the oversight. Also see the U.S. Campaign for Burma site. Great to see Carrey and other celebs speaking out for a truly great cause, a cause we can all serve by not staying silent in the face of oppression and repression. UPDATE: Up-to-the-minute account of happenings in Rangoon. More »
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September 26, 2007

Saffron Revolution

More on the so-called saffron revolution (even though Burmese monks' robes look more like red.) Violence continues in the streets; the UK Telegraph reports on how Buddhism permeates Burmese life (and thus the people empower the monks); an editorial in the Bangkok Post wonders what Buddhists outside Burma can do. More »
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September 26, 2007

General blog info

Bloggers: Getting odd comments without spam URLs? Read this. More »
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September 26, 2007

The Crackdown Begins

The government has begun fighting back. Two monks and a civilian reported killed. Clubs, tear gas, shots into the crowd, and hundreds of arrests. Update: More, worse. More »
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September 25, 2007

Buzz, Buzz

Need a buzz of bliss? Check out Nichiren's Coffeehouse for all your Nichiren needs. Actually, not all your needs: more about Nichiren here. Have you heard about Survivor China? More »
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September 25, 2007

The Buddhism Bomb

There's so much on these Burma protests and I can't add much new information or insight, so here are some links: Buddhists fear ‘white head’ monks will give junta excuse for violence - 'White head' is slang for new monks whose newly shaven heads are still white, or more specifically, undercover policemen posing as monks. Bush Announces Tighter Sanctions on Myanmar - Cheney had to point it out on the map and tell W it's "not far from China." British PM Calls for Harder EU Stance on Burma and the best headline of all, from the LA Times: The Buddhism Bomb (which could blow More »
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September 23, 2007

Protest!

More protests in Burma. Photo from Reuters, story from the paper of record. More »
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September 21, 2007

Burma Heats Up

Things are really happening in Burma. More »
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September 20, 2007

"Dharma Family Values" by Clark Strand, and Progressive Buddhism

It seems like Clark Strand's piece "Dharma Family Values" in the latest Tricycle has struck a chord. It was written about (and Strand was interviewed) in Religionwriter.com and this was noticed in On Faith, an online conversation on -- you guessed it -- faith put out by Newsweek and the Washington Post. Strand's piece was also noticed by a blogger from the Courier-Journal out of Louisville, and the blog Thoughts Chase Thoughts. More »
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September 19, 2007

Healing Rage, Ask the Next President, and Breathing Space

Ruth King, author of the excellent new book Healing Rage, will be speaking at the New York Insight Meditation Center this Friday, September 28 (7–9:30pm, fee: $20) and Saturday, September 29 (10am–5pm, $40.) Register online for the Friday or Saturday session. More »
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September 18, 2007

Today in Internet History...

ICANN took over the internet in 1998. ICANN is responsible for accrediting domain name registrars. Monks protesting in the western Burmese city of Sittwe were tear-gassed by the military junta. A note on the Nashville Change Your Mind Day. Zen and the art of handling a divorce -- but not Zen with a capital Z. More »
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September 17, 2007

Ayn Rand, Austrian Students, and the Vatican

Did you know that Ayn Rand was Buddhist? (Or that Alan Greenspan was an Objectivist? Yeesh.) Rand’s idea of “the virtue of selfishness,” Ms. Moore said, “is a harsh phrase for the Buddhist idea that you have to take care of yourself.” Ms. Moore is "Darla Moore, vice president of the private investment firm Rainwater Inc." People keep buying Ayn Rand's books and, according to this article, she keeps winning the hearts and minds of CEO's and corporate climbers to this day. More »
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September 14, 2007

Change Your Mind Day 2007 and more on Burma

Tricycle's virtual Change Your Mind Day 2007 is tomorrow, September 15th, 2007. Check it out for some audio and video teachings from Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara, Genpo Roshi, the Dalai Lama, Tara Brach, Thanissaro Bhikkhu, Lama Surya Das, Thubten Chodron, Jack Kornfield, and Pema Chodron. As reports come in from other Change Your Mind Day events held around the country, including some held as far back as June, we'll post them on tricycle.com. And here's more on the crackdown on Burma's National League for Democracy in the wake of the ongoing protests against the ruling military junta from the Washington Post. More »
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September 13, 2007

Burmese Monks Demand Apology from Junta

Monks in Burma are continuing to stir the pot. Now they're demanding an apology from the junta running the country for continued violence during the democratic protests, and demanding the release of political prisoners, including the most famous, Aung San Suu Kyi. The junta generally treads lightly around the monks in this very Buddhist country (despite violence against demonstrating monks last week, which lead to the monks' taking hostages for a day,) but have cut off phone service in their opposition's headquarters. More »
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September 12, 2007

Good company

Did you know there are only three countries in the world that have not officially adopted the metric system? They are (drumroll) the United States, Liberia, and Myanmar. I don't know what Liberia's excuse is. More on Myanmar later. (Britain and Ireland and probably many other countries are part-time metric users.) I love the odd globes on that first link. The one on this page represents our fearless Leader's view of the world, by the way. (Just don't go quizzing him on the state capitals! More »
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September 12, 2007

The Camden 28

Just saw a great documentary on PBS, The Camden 28, about activism, Vietnam, and the draft, all against the sad backdrop of Camden, New Jersey, where some of the worst race riots in American history took place in the summer of 1971. (Also interesting stuff about the Catholic Left.) More »
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September 11, 2007

Monasteries Under Surveillance, Freedom from Fear

The military junta in Myanmar is keeping Buddhist monasteries under surveillance because monks have been rippin' it up right under the dictatorship's noses over the past few weeks. And it seems the letter from Hollywood glitterati to the U.N. Sec-Gen has yielded fruit: At U.N. headquarters in New York, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stepped up his pressure on Myanmar's military leaders, saying he was committed to working toward the "full democratization" of the country. More »