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Buddhist Rebels & Buddhist Despots in the Burmese Spring

…ong argued that Buddhism could help the Burmese shake off their fear, and she echoed that yesterday in speaking of the ‘revolution of the spirit’ at work in the country. Among other things, the Burmese struggle is about what Buddhism should look like in the modern world. I believe that Buddhism’s radical and original teachings have much to offer, but Burma shows the urgent need to reform much traditional Buddhism: the kind that entwines its…

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Rediscovering the Buddha in Thailand

…cholars because no one actually knows what the Buddha looked like, and no amount of scholarship can change that. I will say more below about why I think this is, none the less, a worthwhile undertaking in the context of Thai Buddhism. The questions we were asked to discuss concerned the appearance of the Buddha, but many of the papers outlined the speaker’s interpretation of early Buddhism. There were art historians, textual scholars,…

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Review: An End to Suffering by Pankaj Mishra

…ts of modernisation with religious slogans; the Moslem youths radicalised by the humiliating discovery of their exclusion from global modernity. He responds with disdain to the political activist western friend who becomes a Tibetan nun – her Buddhism seems to him more like vanity than an authentic fulfilment of her ideals. But as Mishra matures, both as a person and in his understanding of Buddhism, his appreciation grows and he sees its…

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Buddhist Terror

…sense; but he counseled that actions motivated by hatred would always produce suffering. Many Asian Buddhists follow those teachings; but we can’t just dismiss monks like Wirathu as non-Buddhist, maintaining the fiction that Buddhism is a pure, uncontaminated religion of peace and tolerance. That may be good PR, but the truth is that Buddhism includes men like Wirathu and that Buddhists have frequently supported wars, and even led them. I…

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