Obama in Burma

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Obama in Burma

Postby tiltbillings » Mon Nov 19, 2012 8:47 am



There should be another speech after this.

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Re: Obama in Burma

Postby Mr Man » Mon Nov 19, 2012 10:00 am

It's beautiful to see an American president walking barefoot through the grounds of the Shwedagon Pagoda.

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Postby Khalil Bodhi » Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:24 am

It is kind of inspiring to see that kind of sensitivity from an American president. Obama, politician though e may be, is just someone I can't help but liking...
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Re: Obama in Burma

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Re: Obama in Burma

Postby Ben » Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:46 am

Fantastic!
I heard some of Obama's speech on the radio this evening but not all of it.
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
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Re: Obama in Burma

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Re: Obama in Burma

Postby gavesako » Mon Nov 19, 2012 6:53 pm

They should all start bowing to him as he is reckoned to be a Bodhisattva according to a Thai senior monk:


Clinton asked the monk why there was a Reclining Buddha statue and she was told that it was a symbol of peace and success. The monk then told Obama that if the US allowed him to be re-elected for a third term, he would win the election because he has paid homage to the reclining Buddha. Obama said he did not want to be re-elected for a third term as he wanted to raise his children and pointed to Mrs Clinton and said she would be the next president. All burst out in laughter.
Obama said it was just a rumour but noted that he was interested in Buddhism and asked the assistant abbot why he had ordained to be a monk. The monk told Obama it was not compulsory but in those days rural children did not have a lot of opportunity to get an education and the only chance was to study while being a monk.
After that both were introduced to the 96-year-old abbot of the temple, Phra Thammapanya-bodi. Obama smiled when he was told that he would live longer than 100 years because he had a chance to wai a senior man with extra longevity like the abbot. The US president smiled even broader when the assistant abbot told him that he was like Bodhisattva as he was not just President of the US but the whole world.

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Re: Obama in Burma

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Re: Obama in Burma

Postby Ben » Tue Nov 20, 2012 12:43 am

Hi Ajahn,

There's a bit of history there.
During the British colonization period. the Burmese wouldn't allow the British to enter their monasteries and temple grounds with their footwear on.
It came to a stand off with the British military and burmese monks.
The British backed down.
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“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Obama in Burma

Postby Ben » Tue Nov 20, 2012 6:38 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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