violence

  • Killing in the Name Of Paid Member

    This article is the fourth in the Tricycle blog series 10 Misconceptions about Buddhism with scholars Robert E. Buswell Jr. and Donald S. Lopez Jr.  More »
  • The Monk's Tale: A Paris Review interview Paid Member

    Earlier this year, William Dalrymple of the The Paris Review interviewed Tibetan monk Tashi Passang: INTERVIEWER Can one be both a monk and a resistance fighter? TASHI PASSANG Once you have been a monk, it is very difficult to kill a man. But sometimes it can be your duty to do so. I knew that if I stayed in a monastery under the Chinese there was no point in being a monk. They wouldn’t let me practice my religion. So, to protect the ways of the Lord Buddha, the Buddhist dharma, I decided to fight. INTERVIEWER Isn’t nonviolence an essential aspect of being a monk? PASSANG Yes, nonviolence is the essence of the dharma. This is especially true for a monk. The most important thing is to love each and every sentient being. More »
  • Violent Conflict in Bangkok Updates Paid Member

    I was very concerned to see a dear friend of mine post this status update on his facebook page from Bangkok yesterday, listening to the gunfight at the Malaysia Hotel 100 meters away. One guy shot dead according to the word on the street. Explosions and gunfire outside my window all night. The war has spread to my front door. Motorcycle red shirts are amassed right outside my building, checking cars for hostile forces, controlling the supply routes. Now I understand why Iraq is the number one per capita consumer of valium. a friend of his responds, Take care dude. I must say I find the whole situation puzzling. The minority can't seem to accept their guy's not in power. I know it's more complicated than that, but isn't that what it comes down to? my friend replies, More »