Politics

  • World Cup 2010: Oh Peace, Korea Paid Member

    As political tension rises between South Korea and North Korea, Euronews.net reports that a Buddhist temple in Seoul organized a live viewing of the North Korea vs. Portugal world cup game in order to promote peace between the two Korean nations. One thousand South Koreans gathered at the event in Seoul on Monday to cheer on the North Korean team. From Euronews.net: “Oh Peace, Korea” was the theme of the event, organised by the Bong Eun Sa Buddhist temple in southern Seoul along with a welfare group and a local radio station. Undeterred, a crowd gathered as darkness fell to watch the North Korea-Portugal clash on a giant screen in the temple parking lot, or on 30 TV screens inside. More »
  • On disagreeing with the Dalai Lama Paid Member

    A few posts back I cited an AFP article in which the Dalai Lama, in advocating nonviolence, appeared to criticize the Sea Shepherds, a group of anti-whaling activists who have been much in the news lately. After the AFP article appeared, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society president Captain Paul Watson responded on the organization’s website, reiterating his group’s commitment to nonviolence while acknowledging the Dalai Lama’s past and present support:: More »
  • SGI president calls for fast-tracking nuclear weapons ban Paid Member

    As we approach the 65th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Daisaku Ikeda, president of Soka Gakkai International (SGI) has called for an early start to negotiations to abolish nuclear weapons. In an interview with IDN-InDepthNews, Ikeda responded to a question about whether the UN's conference on the nuclear nonproliferation treaty in May offered real hope or just more platitudes: More »
  • Happy Birthday Aung San Suu Kyi! Paid Member

    We would like to wish Aung San Suu Kyi a happy 65th birthday today.  Sadly however, the Burmese opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner will be celebrating while still detained under house arrest in Rangoon. Yesterday, in celebration of her birthday, a series of previously unreleased photographs of Aung San Suu Kyi and her family were made available to the public. As reported by guardian.co.uk, She is known to the world as a human rights activist who has spent 14 of the last 20 years under house arrest as punishment for demanding democracy in her home country. But in these photographs Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is shown not as the fearless campaigner who has given up her liberty for the sake of her nation, but as a young woman in love and a doting mother. More »
  • Sarah Palin, Zen Master? Paid Member

    In his article "Did Sarah Palin Top Rush Limbaugh’s Idiotic BP Oil Spill Remarks?" on ecopolitology, Zachary Shahan suggests the possibility that Sarah Palin is a Zen master. After reading one of Sarah Palin's latest remarks, my mind has almost gone blank. Perhaps she is actually a Buddhist teacher in disguise and these confusing or nonsensical one-liners she puts out are really Zen kōans geared at bringing more people to enlightenment. Here is the one that almost brought me to enlightenment (from Palin's Twitter feed): "Extreme Greenies:see now why we push'drill,baby,drill'of known reserves&promising finds in safe onshore places like ANWR? Now do you get it?" More »