August 27, 2007

Bombs and Buddhists

Three bombs were discovered in Sri Lanka on Sunday, one of them in the town of Kandy along the route of a procession to honor the Buddha's Tooth Relic. The 10-day festival will go on regardless. Sri Lanka has lived with terrorism for a very long time, and the Temple housing the Tooth was damaged by a truck bomb in 1998.

Meanwhile, a Buddhist delegation arrived in Sri Lanka from another majority-Buddhist country involved in a civil war, Thailand. The fighting there is getting more violent. Visitors from Myanmar / Burma are also due in Sri Lanka.

Is it ironic that a Tooth Relic is held in a town called Kandy? Teeth are tough customers. They can survive amazing things. I think we've commented on this somewhere previously.

- Philip Ryan, Webmaster

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