ando wrote:Hello Wind,
You asked the same question I asked in the now defunct community that is Buddhist Community about the state of Buddhist- majority countries. I think its is a good question. Thanks for asking it here. We all learn by asking questions.
My question then was more on why lands of the enlightened sages seem to suffer the worst conflicts, and so is kind of historical in nature. In India, Buddhism is a shadow of what it was and there's fighting up north and down south. We all know what happened to the monks in Burma. Sri Lanka until recently suffered a war. Vietnam and Cambodia still has legacies of war. In Afghanistan they bombed the Bamiyan stautues. Japan committed unspeakable atrocities during WW2, under the auspices of Buddhism I'm told. China, the birthplace of sages like Lao Tze and Confucius, seems permanently cursed by cruel emperors to communism. Tibet is politically troubled. etc etc.
I was born and raised in a tiny SE Asian village where there was no electricity or running water so I ask as an Asian. My grandparents were killed by the Japanese army. I used to think what a blessing it is to be born in the region where the sages were born. Surely the presence of extraordinary teachers would have had a great calming effect on the people that would last for generations. Boy, was I wrong.
I do get this common answer though... there are bad people in every culture. Well yes, but it still doesn't explain why there's disproprotionately more riots, wars, uprisings, militarism, cruel monarchs and gross violations of human rights in regions dotted with temples than in regions without, say like Scandinavia. In some of these sagely lands, the fighting hasn't stopped since the Buddha's time.
look at sizes and population densities. Europe as a whole has only had what, a 40 year period of continuous peace in the last 2000+ years? there are riots in Europe all the time, just turn on the news. "uprisings, militarism, cruel monarchs and gross violations of human rights" um Spain, and don't forget Germany and Italy how many decades ago?(not that many) and by extension south Africa and what about the 98million or so natives in the Americas killed off by Europeans? modern Scandinavia hardly makes up for that...