October 31, 2007

Holy $&^% (and Meditation U.)

Don't look now but the monks are on the march again in northern Myanmar:

"We are continuing our protest from last month as we have not yet achieved any of the demands we asked for," the monk told Democratic Voice of Burma.

"Our demands are for lower commodity prices, national reconciliation and immediate release of (opposition leader) Aung San Suu Kyi and all the political prisoners," said the monk, who was not identified by name.

He said they had little time to organize so the march was small but "there will be more organized and bigger protests soon."

Wow.

The Toronto Sun runs the old God King line again (re: the Dalai Lama.) I think Jeff Wilson eviscerated this fallacy this a long time ago on his blog but I don't remember when. The Dalai Lama is said to be one of many incarnations of Chenrezi, or Avalokiteshvara. I guess this accounts for the God bit? Also, the DL continues his uneasy dance with modern science.

Donovan and David Lynch are planning a transcendental meditation university in Edinburgh. Donovan dreamed the idea up a mere 40 years ago hanging around India with the Beatles and the Maharishi.

- Philip Ryan, Web Editor

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Renegade Buddha » Blog Archive » Rounding Up the Buddhas - N's picture

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jeffwilson's picture

Phil, you may be thinking of this old post: http://www.tricycle.com/blog/jeff_wilson/3712-1.html

lotus_in_the_hills's picture

Another outmoded phrase the newspapers use when referring to Tibetan Buddhism is "Lamaism," which back in the early days of Buddhist Studies carried a pejorative tone - Lamaism was too "corrupted" to be considered the same as other, more authentic kinds of Buddhism. There are interesting connections between calling Tibetan Buddhists Lamaists and calling Roman Catholics papists, especially considering that one of the ways early scholars discounted Tibetan Buddhism as corrupt was by comparing it to Catholicism. It would be good if newspapers got up to speed on the terms they were using.