Nine blasts in Bodhgaya this morning: terrorist attack?

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Nine blasts in Bodhgaya this morning: terrorist attack?

Postby Sekha » Sun Jul 07, 2013 5:38 am

Nine serial explosions rocked the internationally renowned temple town of Bodh Gaya, including four in the Mahabodhi Temple complex, injuring two monks in the blasts suspected to be engineered by some terrorist organisation.
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/o ... 891094.ece


In July 2012, one year ago, the al-Qaeda linked Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan threatened to carry out attacks against Buddhists in retaliation for the communal violence in Myanmar. In June, this year Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed publicly charged India with helping Burma “wipe out [the] Muslim population”.
http://www.firstpost.com/india/bodh-gay ... e=top_menu


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Terror Bomb attacks on Bodghaya - MahaBodhi Temple!!

Postby cooran » Sun Jul 07, 2013 5:44 am

Hello all,

This is absolutely horrific!

Terrorist Serial Blasts at MahaBodhi Temple
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/seri ... 87300.html

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Re: Nine blasts in Bodhgaya this morning: terror attack?

Postby Ben » Sun Jul 07, 2013 6:05 am

Very sad news, indeed.
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Re: Nine blasts in Bodhgaya this morning: terror attack?

Postby cooran » Sun Jul 07, 2013 7:23 am

Pictures of the damage:
http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/bodhg ... red-388891

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Re: Nine blasts in Bodhgaya this morning: terror attack?

Postby BlackBird » Sun Jul 07, 2013 9:27 am

This is awful. Thank goodness they have not destroyed the temple. I'm afraid this is just going to add a lot of fuel to the fire of this nazi-monk in Myanmar, and his no good followers.
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Re: Nine blasts in Bodhgaya this morning: terror attack?

Postby Sekha » Sun Jul 07, 2013 10:25 am

It may also worsen the situation in south Thailand
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Re: Nine blasts in Bodhgaya this morning: terror attack?

Postby cooran » Sun Jul 07, 2013 12:20 pm

Finally - a western news source reports this story,

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-23216592

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Re: Nine blasts in Bodhgaya this morning: terror attack?

Postby David N. Snyder » Sun Jul 07, 2013 8:17 pm

This didn't make the news in the U.S. at all. Terrible; at least the bombs were very "low intensity" and did not kill anyone or do any significant damage.
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Re: Nine blasts in Bodhgaya this morning: terror attack?

Postby Martin Po » Sun Jul 07, 2013 8:58 pm

Neither in Europe.
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Re: Nine blasts in Bodhgaya this morning: terror attack?

Postby cooran » Sun Jul 07, 2013 9:24 pm

FINALLY

In the New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/08/world ... share&_r=0

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Re: Nine blasts in Bodhgaya this morning: terror attack?

Postby Will » Sun Jul 07, 2013 9:47 pm

BlackBird wrote:This is awful. Thank goodness they have not destroyed the temple. I'm afraid this is just going to add a lot of fuel to the fire of this nazi-monk in Myanmar, and his no good followers.


Interesting perspective Jack. You worry about the white crow of a violent Buddhist monk, when there are many thousands of Islamic murderous black crows.
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Re: Nine blasts in Bodhgaya this morning: terror attack?

Postby Martin Po » Sun Jul 07, 2013 9:54 pm

Will wrote:
BlackBird wrote:This is awful. Thank goodness they have not destroyed the temple. I'm afraid this is just going to add a lot of fuel to the fire of this nazi-monk in Myanmar, and his no good followers.


Interesting perspective Jack. You worry about the white bird of a violent Buddhist monk, when there are many thousands of Islamic murderous black birds.


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"Phagguna, if anyone were to give you a blow with the hand, or hit you with a clod of earth, or with a stick, or with a sword, even then you should abandon those urges and thoughts which are worldly. There, Phagguna, you should train yourself thus: 'Neither shall my mind be affected by this, nor shall I give vent to evil words; but I shall remain full of concern and pity, with a mind of love, and I shall not give in to hatred.' This is how, Phagguna, you should train yourself.
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"Monks, even if bandits were to carve you up savagely, limb by limb, with a two-handled saw, he among you who let his heart get angered even at that would not be doing my bidding. Even then you should train yourselves: 'Our minds will be unaffected and we will say no evil words. We will remain sympathetic, with a mind of good will, and with no inner hate. We will keep pervading these people with an awareness imbued with good will and, beginning with them, we will keep pervading the all-encompassing world with an awareness imbued with good will — abundant, expansive, immeasurable, free from hostility, free from ill will.' That's how you should train yourselves.

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Re: Nine blasts in Bodhgaya this morning: terror attack?

Postby SarathW » Mon Jul 08, 2013 12:12 am

It is very sad news.
Historically many other nationalities and races have exercised violence against Buddhist.
The same way so called Buddhist also have carried out violence against other religions and nationalities.
So we should see this matter with equanimity. This is an action of ignorance people.
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Re: Nine blasts in Bodhgaya this morning: terror attack?

Postby BlackBird » Mon Jul 08, 2013 12:39 am

Will wrote:
BlackBird wrote:This is awful. Thank goodness they have not destroyed the temple. I'm afraid this is just going to add a lot of fuel to the fire of this nazi-monk in Myanmar, and his no good followers.


Interesting perspective Jack. You worry about the white crow of a violent Buddhist monk, when there are many thousands of Islamic murderous black crows.


I was going to give you the simile of the saw, but someone already beat me to it, and I have to wonder Will, whether you've read much of the violence going on in Myanmar lately which has been predominantly caused by this U Wirathu and his fascist 969 organization. Why the suggestion that these are white crows? There's more than just a handful of them...

My perspective is this: Islamic extremists cannot be stopped - You take out one and 10 come to replace him. U Wirathu and his cronies have awoken a sleeping dog, one that will henceforth be intent on violence against our religion. We should do everything in our power to endevour to make it clear to these extermists that U Wirathu and his violent thugs are not representative of our religion on the whole.

In Sri Lanka lately there has also being a growing anti-muslims sentiment. The whole situation in Myanmar is very reminiscent of Nazi Germany and their progressively worse treatment of Jews. This time though, the oppressed will not go quietly to their grave - They're going to fight back. The whole thing is a powder keg of murder waiting to blow, we are actually on the edge of a precipice right now, I just don't know if you realize it Will.
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Re: Nine blasts in Bodhgaya this morning: terror attack?

Postby Will » Mon Jul 08, 2013 1:09 am

Jack, 'White crows' are extremely rare compared to the normal black crow, as an old Tibetan? saying goes. Thus Buddhist terrorists are very rare cp. to Muslim.

Yes, anti-Muslim feelings are growing apace around the planet. But nothing happens without causes & conditions. Most Buddhists are not like the few Arhans who follow the Saw Sutta. They will defend themselves and even take preemptive actions against the Muslims.

Memories are long in Asia. The Hindus & Buddhists will not forget their past suffering under Islam nor ignore its petrodollar funded rise now.

Have you heard of the Kalachakra prophecy? In the Mahayana world and I suspect in the other parts of Asia, this prophecy that Islam will conquer, by force, much of the planet in the near future is influential. Around 200 or 300 (I forget) years from now Islam will be the totalitarian ruler of nearly all. Then they will set their sights on Central Asia and a mighty countervailing Dharma army will fight back and destroy the grip of Islam.
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Re: Nine blasts in Bodhgaya this morning: terror attack?

Postby David N. Snyder » Mon Jul 08, 2013 1:34 am

Will wrote: Around 200 or 300 (I forget) years from now Islam will be the totalitarian ruler of nearly all. Then they will set their sights on Central Asia and a mighty countervailing Dharma army will fight back and destroy the grip of Islam.


That doesn't sound very Dharmic. The Dhamma will disappear one day, just as it did in the past. A new samma-sam-buddha will arise when the conditions are right. There is no need for violence. We can do what we can to try and preserve the Dhamma for as long as possible, but should do so with non-violent means.
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Re: Nine blasts in Bodhgaya this morning: terror attack?

Postby SarathW » Mon Jul 08, 2013 1:42 am

Just with a light heart.

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In fact, Arthur C. Clark a futuristic visionary, in one of his books, mentioned that Buddhism will be the only religion that will survive by the year 2050 and that scientist cannot hammer it down or destroy it

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Re: Nine blasts in Bodhgaya this morning: terror attack?

Postby David N. Snyder » Mon Jul 08, 2013 1:54 am

SarathW wrote:In fact, Arthur C. Clark a futuristic visionary, in one of his books, mentioned that Buddhism will be the only religion that will survive by the year 2050 and that scientist cannot hammer it down or destroy it


I just read that other thread you started earlier this year. Yes, that is a good example of what we can "do"; education. Has anyone else noticed how there hasn't been many Jim Jones' type cults lately? I think it may be due to better education, which doesn't have to be formal education; it can be from the information age with the internet.
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Re: Nine blasts in Bodhgaya this morning: terror attack?

Postby Nyana » Mon Jul 08, 2013 2:38 am

SarathW wrote:In fact, Arthur C. Clark a futuristic visionary, in one of his books, mentioned that Buddhism will be the only religion that will survive by the year 2050 and that scientist cannot hammer it down or destroy it

I think it's highly unlikely that all other religions will fizzle out or be destroyed in the next 37 years.

But at any rate, secular ideologies (e.g. nationalism, fascism, communism, neoliberalism) have lead to far more violence and death in the last 100 years than religious ideologies have.
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Re: Nine blasts in Bodhgaya this morning: terror attack?

Postby lyndon taylor » Mon Jul 08, 2013 2:49 am

David N. Snyder wrote:
SarathW wrote:In fact, Arthur C. Clark a futuristic visionary, in one of his books, mentioned that Buddhism will be the only religion that will survive by the year 2050 and that scientist cannot hammer it down or destroy it


I just read that other thread you started earlier this year. Yes, that is a good example of what we can "do"; education. Has anyone else noticed how there hasn't been many Jim Jones' type cults lately? I think it may be due to better education, which doesn't have to be formal education; it can be from the information age with the internet.


The NSA's been trying to tell us that its their 100% surveillance policy that's made this possible!!!!
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