The Shugden Cult, Dalai Lama Protests, Race, and Genocide

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Last month, when the Dalai Lama was in Oslo on the 25th anniversary of his Nobel Peace Prize, he and supporters were confronted with crowds of protesters calling him, among other things, a False Dalai Lama and a persecutor of worshippers of Dorje (or Dolgyal) Shugden, a protector deity associated with the Dalai Lama's Geluk school of Tibetan Buddhism. In gathering background on the situation, we looked at two prominent scholars of Tibetan Buddhism, Georges Dreyfus and Robert Thurman (who … [Read more...]

Ethnocentric Buddhism continued…

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Coming just off the heals of the 20th anniversary of the beginning of the Rwandan genocide, we are called ever more clearly to understand conflicts in the world that might lead to such horrors. What is happening in Burma today eerily reflects the ethnic divides and hateful rhetoric that precipitated the murder of over 800,000 Rwandans (primarily ethnic Tutsis) in 1994. In addition to attacks in recent years, this January, mobs of (ethnic Rakhine) Buddhists massacred Rohingya Muslims in the … [Read more...]

The Future of Tibet, a re-post in honor of Tibetan Uprising Day

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The Tibetan Center in Kingston, New York, held a discussion last year of the six decades of human rights abuses in Tibet under Chinese occupation, the recent rise in protests (especially self-immolations), and the possibilities concerning the future of Tibet. The Future of Tibet Saturday, February 23, 2-4 pm Bertelsmann Campus Center, Bard College In 2012, there was an intensification of protests and a sharp increase in the number of self-immolations by Tibetans, a response to the … [Read more...]

Thailand’s protests: An Op-Ed by Dr. Dion Peoples

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I've been 'aware' of Thailand since I was an intelligence-analyst in the US Air Force, stationed in Germany, around early 2001. I watched on CNN as Thaksin Shinawatra was expected to win the elections, and immediately I felt I did not like this guy. I would soon leave the USAF after a decade of service, to become a fully-ordained world-renouncing Theravada Buddhist-monk. I've taken keen interest in Thailand's political turmoil. I witnessed the horror of the daily killings on the mid-2000's, when … [Read more...]

Announcing the Death of the International 969 Movement

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As of now: The 969movement website is down. The 969movement twitter account hasn't been updated since Oct 29. The "inspirational" Islamophobic video, apparently from an Australian 969movement supporter (linked here) is down, as are others by the same individual. Although it may simply be dormant at the moment, it seems that the international 969 Movement (as opposed to the Burmese 969 Movement which inspired it) is no more. In a post written in August, I discussed my … [Read more...]

R.I.P. Nelson Mandela, Bodhisattva

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"We pray, I pray also, for the long life of South African leader, Mr Nelson Mandela who fought for such a long time to end apartheid and racial discrimination in Africa. This is not only actually an example in the African region or in the African continent. This is an example for the world community as how apartheid is a disease really for the human race, and human discrimination can be peacefully settled." - A Buddhist monk in the video below, where this summer, groups of Buddhist monks … [Read more...]

Guns, Race, and the Military: further Buddhist responses to the Navy Yard Shooting

This will most likely be the last I write on this topic. Discussions on my previous post are ongoing (here, here, and here), and appear to be getting increasingly thoughtful. And folks in Washington DC are beginning to lament the fact that the news cycle has passed this by, The mass shooting America barely noticed and Not all mass shootings are equal in the eyes of the media or the public. But before moving on completely, I did want to note two Buddhist blogs that have introduced other … [Read more...]

The hateful rhetoric of the “anti-war” left toward Syria

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I should begin with a disclaimer or two. First, I typically am a proud member of the "anti-war" left in American politics. In 2001 I co-organized a Peace Concert - that's right a Peace Concert - in response to the 9/11 attacks and G.W. Bush's war-drum response. In 2003 I was one of the many millions who gathered around the world to protest yet another Bush and Co. war. But Syria might be a much clearer-cut case for some sort of international intervention. You have on the one side a … [Read more...]


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