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Here we go again...

Postby plwk » Sun Sep 30, 2012 1:47 pm

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Protesters burn Bangladesh Buddhist temples... Picture of allegedly desecrated Quran on Facebook blamed for burning of Buddhist homes and places of worship.
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Bhikkhus, if you develop and make much this one thing,
it invariably leads to weariness, cessation, appeasement, realization and extinction.
What is it? It is recollecting the Enlightened One.
If this single thing is recollected and made much,
it invariably leads to weariness, cessation, appeasement, realization and extinction.

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Re: Here we go again...

Postby Dan74 » Sun Sep 30, 2012 2:12 pm

On a plus side, it brings Buddhism into the spotlight in Bangladesh and not in a negative spotlight. I suspect a few young people may be moved to find out what this "strange" religion is all about. Hopefully this ugly action will also prompt majority of Bangladeshis to stand up for their traditional take on Islam which is tolerant and open-minded.
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Re: Here we go again...

Postby Hickersonia » Sun Sep 30, 2012 10:44 pm

I cannot even imagine the kind of anger that must be present in one's mind to respond in such a way...
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Re: Here we go again...

Postby yawares » Sun Sep 30, 2012 11:15 pm

Hickersonia wrote:I cannot even imagine the kind of anger that must be present in one's mind to respond in such a way...

Dear 'Hickersonia',

Me too...I agree with you 1000% :jumping: This ultimate anger is beyond imagination!!! I pity them, they didn't know what they were doing!!!
Buddha's Verse 69 : As long as the evil deed does not bear fruit, the fool thinks it is sweet like honey; but when his evil deed does bear fruit, the fool suffers for it. :anjali:
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Re: Here we go again...

Postby Maitri » Mon Oct 01, 2012 12:23 am

So awful. I will keep these brothers and sisters in my prayers. If anyone finds a way to donate to rebuilding of these homes and lives, please post it! Buddhists in Bangladesh have been targeted like this for years- I hope we in the West find a way to support them given our blessing of being free from such violence.

:candle: Homage to Him, the Blessed One, the Holy One, the Enlightened One.
Homage to Him, the Blessed One, the Holy One, the Enlightened One.
Homage to Him, the Blessed One, the Holy One, the Enlightened One.
May those who are suffering be well, free from pain, and find only ease.
May all beings be well, happy, calm, and at ease.
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Re: Here we go again...

Postby Hanzze » Mon Oct 01, 2012 1:26 am

A man may plunder
as long as it serves his ends,
but when others are plundered,
he who has plundered
gets plundered in turn.

A fool thinks,
'Now's my chance,'
as long as his evil
has yet to ripen.
But when it ripens,
the fool
falls
into pain.

Killing, you gain
your killer.
Conquering, you gain one
who will conquer you;
insulting, insult;
harassing, harassment.

And so, through the cycle of action,
he who has plundered
gets plundered in turn.

SN 3.15


This karma fruits could even lead to not further (re)actions when right view arises.
Just that! *smile*
...We Buddhists must find the courage to leave our temples and enter the temples of human experience, temples that are filled with suffering. If we listen to Buddha, Christ, or Gandhi, we can do nothing else. The refugee camps, the prisons, the ghettos, and the battlefields will become our temples. We have so much work to do. ... Peace is Possible! Step by Step. - Samtach Preah Maha Ghosananda "Step by Step" http://www.ghosananda.org/bio_book.html

BUT! it is important to become a real Buddhist first. Like Punna did: Punna Sutta Nate sante baram sokham _()_
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Re: Here we go again...

Postby m0rl0ck » Mon Oct 01, 2012 2:32 am

Thats tragic. Lets hope the culprits are punished as examples.
Theism is a contagious mental disorder that imo needs to be stamped out.
"When you meditate, don't send your mind outside. Don't fasten onto any knowledge at all. Whatever knowledge you've gained from books or teachers, don't bring it in to complicate things. Cut away all preoccupations, and then as you meditate let all your knowledge come from what's going on in the mind. When the mind is quiet, you'll know it for yourself. But you have to keep meditating a lot. When the time comes for things to develop, they'll develop on their own. Whatever you know, have it come from your own mind.
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Re: Here we go again...

Postby Hanzze » Mon Oct 01, 2012 3:36 am

Here we go again...
Just that! *smile*
...We Buddhists must find the courage to leave our temples and enter the temples of human experience, temples that are filled with suffering. If we listen to Buddha, Christ, or Gandhi, we can do nothing else. The refugee camps, the prisons, the ghettos, and the battlefields will become our temples. We have so much work to do. ... Peace is Possible! Step by Step. - Samtach Preah Maha Ghosananda "Step by Step" http://www.ghosananda.org/bio_book.html

BUT! it is important to become a real Buddhist first. Like Punna did: Punna Sutta Nate sante baram sokham _()_
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