October 15, 2007
Danny Fisher points us to the Buddhist Peace Fellowship's collection of statements on Burma, and also what Buddhist leaders Thich Nhat Hanh and Jack Kornfield said recently.
Peter of the Buddha Diaries spoke with Thanissaro Bhikkhu recently on pacifism and whether it was ever ok for a Buddhist to take up arms, and how this relates to Burma:
He was critical of those Burmese monks for stepping beyond that line in marching in the streets. The monk's true moral authority, he said, comes from the ability to turn his bowl upside down in a gesture that refuses alms--and the blessings and implicit approval that the donor can expect to receive in return. That gesture, in a Buddhist country like Thailand or Burma, is itself sufficient reproof and political protest. To march in the streets, as Than Geoff sees it, is to sacrifice a good part of that moral authority.
Ok, but for those of you who'd rather paint a monk's silhouette on a wall somewhere to raise awareness, there's a cool stencil template available from the Saffron Revolution blog.
Plus more beautiful pictures (and words) of Mongolia from Konchog of Dreaming of Danzan Ravjaa.
And lest we forget: News from the Democratic Voice of Burma.