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Disaster in the Indian Ocean

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Disaster in the Indian Ocean

Postby Ben » Thu Jun 21, 2012 10:09 pm

Yesterday, a boat holding more than 200 asylum seekers capsized between Indonesia and Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean. While rescue efforts continued overnight, it is expected that there will be a large loss of life. Please consider averting your mind to the asylum seekers, and asylum seekers everywhere, if and when you practice metta bhavana and the sharing of your merits.
In this country, our government treats asylum seekers who arrive by boat as if they are criminals by locking them up in indefinite detention and using them as political fodder. It is shameful and disgusting and it is why I support the UNHCR.

http://www.theage.com.au/national/dozen ... 20rnz.html

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Ben
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- 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: Disaster in the Indian Ocean

Postby Kim OHara » Thu Jun 21, 2012 10:28 pm

Yes, It's a tragic situation for those people and, on the larger scale, a shameful situation for Australia.
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Coincidentally, I saw a movie last night which dealt sympathetically with the parallel situation in France. It is not dull or moralistic, though - it is quite light and often funny.
I recommend it to everyone: Le Havre (IMDB) or (Rotten Tomatoes).

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Re: Disaster in the Indian Ocean

Postby manas » Sun Jun 24, 2012 7:28 pm

Hi Ben, all,

I try to imagine myself in their position - often asylum seekers have fled dispossession, violence, political persecution or even the threat of death or torture in their own countries, and so it's understandable that they might take a risk and get aboard a not totally safe vessel to flee to a better place - I think most people in Australia, in the same situation, might do the same. And so I too find appalling the way the mainstream media & both major political parties in our country often portray asylum seekers, as if we are being 'swamped' by them, when in reality they represent a tiny fraction of total immigration. But this point is not generally known by the wider public!

It would 'cost' us little, but bring us much merit as a nation, if we would drop the irrational fear, and just do the ordinary, decent human thing - help those in dire need who come to us for assistance!

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perception...fabrications...consciousness that is constant, lasting, eternal, not subject to change, that will stay just as it is as long as eternity."

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Re: Disaster in the Indian Ocean

Postby Kim OHara » Mon Sep 23, 2013 11:19 am

This is an old thread but,sadly, the problem remains ... and this image was just too good not to share it with Aussie Buddhist friends:

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Re: Disaster in the Indian Ocean

Postby Ben » Mon Sep 23, 2013 7:55 pm

Thanks Kim.
Yes, I saw the image on facebook yesterday.
This government, and its decision to keep the public in the dark regarding asylum seeker arrivals is particularly worrying.
“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: Disaster in the Indian Ocean

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Re: Disaster in the Indian Ocean

Postby Ben » Tue Sep 24, 2013 1:07 am

Thanks Kim.
The essay by Julian Burnside is excellent and articulates a lot of my own feelings about the issue.
kind regards,

Ben
“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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