The Monks in Burma

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The Monks in Burma

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Edited: Oct 2, 2007, 8:27am

I am quite distressed by BBC reports of thousands of Burmese monks killed by the Myanmar government and dumped in the jungle. It was foreseeable that things would come to a bad end if you've been following the news over the last few days. I thought now might be a good time to start a new thread on eastern monastic traditions. Any input?

Correction, the story was on MSNBC and reported claims of military officials who had fled the country. The story has since been taken down. Still it looks bad and we'll never really know.

Edited: Oct 2, 2007, 4:11am

I was reminded of Vietnamese monks' self-immolations in the mid 20th c. Those fellows never twitched from their lotus positions...

Hopefully more and more Burmese soldiers will decide to side with monks over the junta. And pictures will continue to surface in the outside world so that sunlight at least will be on the monks' side.

Maybe some day soon Aung San Suu Kyi will have an opportunity to help her people by leading and not just sacrifice of her freedom.

Problem is the junta leaders have everything to lose...

p.s. You might enjoy Phra Farang: an English Monk in Thailand by Phra Peter Pannapadipo, available from (Bangkok ) Post Books. Try or through Bangkok Post website. Looks like touchstones are serving up some additional titles {;>

Thai Ways and More Thai Ways by Post columnist Dennis Segaller contain some essays on monkish activities (weddings, house blessings, funerals, etc.)--this visitor found them very informative!

Mar 6, 2008, 9:26am

A first hand account of what has been inflicted on the monks and the people of Burma.