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October 03, 2007

Alan Wallace

Alan Wallace, the prolific translator of Tibetan texts and author of many original works on the intersection of Buddhism and science, was a Buddhist monk for fourteen years. He's written a new book, Hidden Dimensions: The Unification of Physics and Consciousness, and you can read an excerpt here. You can also read the three "winning" questions -- and Alan Wallace's answers -- from the latest Tricycle Q & A. The next Q & A will feature Gil Fronsdal, who was a monk in benighted Burma before teaching at the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, California, where he's been since 1990. - Philip Ryan, Web Editor More »
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October 03, 2007

Burma Links, October 3, 2007

Global Voices Online reports on the junta's efforts to force monks to disrobe (in the religious sense) and give up their religion. The Democratic Voice of Burma reports the junta has buried protesters it killed, rather than retruning them to family members for burial and the merit-making ceremony seven days after the death. More »
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October 02, 2007

U.N. Envoy meets with Myanmar Junta and Burmese Opposition Leader, Aung San Suu Kyi

U.N. special envoy Ibrahim Gambari met with the Myanmar junta supremo Than Shwe in the new capital of Nay Pyi Taw, then flew to Yangon (Rangoon) to meet with the detained Nobel prize winner. Also, Burmese Catholics show support for the protesting monks, now held captive somewhere and being subjected to who knows what. Where are they? Oh yeah, and the arcticice cap is shrinking so quickly even pessimistic scientists are flipped out. More »
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October 01, 2007

Monks 'to be sent away'

The BBC reports that 4,000 monks have been rounded up, disrobed, and shackled, and will soon be sent away from Rangoon. Some reports say they are on a hunger strike. How shameful this all is, and how difficult to watch with so little information. (It's almost like the days before the internet and the 24-hour news cycle.) Pressure needs be put on China. - Philip Ryan, Webmaster More »
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October 01, 2007

Stand with the Burmese Protesters

Sign this petition to show your support for the protesters in Burma. Show your solidarity, from the U.S. Campaign for Burma Sympathy protests in Japan. A Japanese journalist is said to have been killed by the junta -- will the Japanese government apply pressure? And the countries have the most influence over the junta seem reluctant to use it. More »
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October 01, 2007

Burma is Important

Our friends at the Worst Horse remind us all that Burma is Important. Please check this out. More »
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September 28, 2007

"Contained?"

Reports today that the protests have been contained and the monks sealed inside their monasteries by the junta, which was quick to use brutal force. If this is true, next come the reprisals. The world can't look away -- keep looking at Burma. More »
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September 28, 2007

Junta tries to shut down internet

The junta is censoring emails and blogs, trying desperately to keep word from getting out. But we will learn eventually. At least nine dead, what else? Here's one Burmese blogger that still seems to be posting now and then. (Blogs are perfect for this eyewitness stuff. History may remember this, eventually.) The junta has a long history of violence -- Christian Science Monitor explains it all for you. More »
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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 »