Category Archives: Buddhism

China’s Government Will Now Decide Who Is Allowed To Be Reincarnated…

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In China, it’s not easy to become a “living Buddha.” First come the years of meditation and discipline. Then comes the bureaucracy.

“The highest level of living Buddhas must be approved by the central government,” Phurbu Tsering, the abbot of Sera Monastery near Tibet’s capital, Lhasa, said at a meeting of China’s rubber-stamp legislature on Monday. “Other Living Buddhas must be approved by local governments.”

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UK’s Daily Mail: Buddhist monk slashed tires “because of his religious beliefs”

A Buddhist monk slashed the wheels of 162 cars after he became angry when he accidentally squashed an insect. Julian Glew, 45, who lives in a tent in the woodlands, went on the three-day barefoot rampage because of his religious beliefs.

A Buddhist monk slashed the wheels of 162 cars after he became angry when he accidentally squashed an insect.
Julian Glew, 45, who lives in a tent in the woodlands, went on the three-day barefoot rampage because of his religious beliefs.

The mainstream media would never, ever say that a Muslim murdered 130 people in Paris or 14 people in San Bernardino or 13 people in Fort Hood “because of his religious beliefs,” even if that Muslim was screaming “Allahu akbar” during his attack and explained and justified it by reference to the teachings of the Qur’an. Our governing authorities play the same game. Even when a Muslim in Philadelphia shot and seriously wounded a police officer, and then explained: “I follow Allah. I pledge my allegiance to the Islamic state. That is why I did what I did,” Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said: “In no way shape or form does anyone in this room believe that Islam or the teaching of Islam has anything to do with what you’ve seen on the screen….It is abhorrent. It is terrible and it does not represent the religion or any of its teachings. This is a criminal with a stolen gun who tried to kill one of our officers. It has nothing to do with being a Muslim or following the Islamic faith.

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Mississauga Mayor Defends Her Remarks Against Anti-Mosque Opponent

That’s nice.

Does Miss Crombie know that Islam isn’t a race?

Mississauga’s mayor is being applauded for standing up against racism after she called out a resident for an anti-mosque website and flyer.

“While others talk the talk you walk the walk. You are our rock Madam Mayor,” real estate agent Moezzam Saeed Alvi tweeted Thursday after Mayor Bonnie Crombie said she would not issue a public apology to residents in the city’s northwest neighbourhood of Meadowvale who are lobbying against a proposed mosque.

Crombie accused one resident of hate mongering during a Sept. 21 planning and development committee meeting. In a deputation, Meadowvale resident Kevin Johnston spoke about traffic concerns, as well as taxpayers having to pay for water and sewer hook-ups to the proposed mosque but the municipality not receiving any revenue back because places of worship are not taxed.

Crombie asked Johnston if he had handed out flyers and created a website that also spoke about concerns regarding an increase in vandalism, crime and a loss of freedom of speech if the mosque went ahead. He indicated he had.

“This is heinous. This is hate-mongering,” Crombie said during the meeting, a video of which is on YouTube. She held up a printed out copy of Johnston’s stopthemosque.com website, which has since been changed. “You should be ashamed of yourself.”

During this week’s council meeting, a petition was brought forward calling on Crombie to publicly apologize. She refused.

On Thursday, Crombie was unavailable for an interview, but said in a written statement to Yahoo Canada News that she “will not apologize for standing up to those who seek to divide us.”

“I will always speak out against hateful language, which is unacceptable at any time,” she said.

“I called this resident out for his comments. I will not apologize for that. If I had to do it all over again, I would do it exactly the same way.”

Council approved a zoning application to allow the Meadowvale Islamic Centre to build a mosque on what was residential land.

 

Here are some pictures of Islam’s inter-faith tolerance:

A woman walks by the remains of HKI Suka Makmur Protestant Church in Aceh Singkil, Aceh. It was set ablaze by Islamists.

 

 

Twenty-one homes belonging to Christians were destroyed by ISIS in Nineveh Plain, northeast of Mosul.

 

An empty place remains where the Bamiyan Buddhas once stood. They were destroyed by the Taliban in 2001.

 

So- when is Bonnie Crombie (and even the lazy-minded blowhards who sputter out blanket nonsense but don’t actually nail the real problem) going to stand against this sort of violence and destruction?

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Thai Buddhists to help anti-Muslim Myanmar monks set up radio station

Thai Buddhists have offered to help a network of hardline anti-Muslim Myanmar monks set up a radio station to spread their message across a nation where sectarian hatred is on the rise.

More than a dozen Thai Buddhists were among hundreds who attended a two-day conference in Yangon over the weekend organised by the Ma Ba Tha movement.

During the meeting a Thai group which produces religious radio and television programmes in the kingdom promised to donate $44,000-worth of radio equipment to the Myanmar movement.

The offer was of “support not with money, but with equipment and the installation of a radio station, worth about 1.5 million baht,” Woottisarn Panaree, vice president of the National Thai Buddhism and Culture Mass Media Association, who attended the meeting, told AFP on Wednesday…

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Make Muslim nations take refugees: Myanmar monk

Buddhist monk Wirathu, at Masoeyein monastery, Mandalay, says Muslims pose a serious threat in Myanmar. Picture: Anthony Klan Source: News Corp Australia

He is the face of the anti-Muslim sentiment that has sparked the Myanmar Rohingya region­al refugee crisis and left Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi silent and exposed, as international calls mount for the human-rights champion to speak out.

Buddhist monk U Wirathu is the leader of Myanmar’s nationalistic 969 Movement, which seeks to “defend” the country from a perceived threat of Muslim domination.

The creeds of 969, spread via DVDs and social media in a nation where the internet was banned until 2011, have won wide support and have fuelled violent conflicts that have left hundreds dead, mostly the country’s persec­uted Rohingya Muslim minority.

Speaking exclusively with The Australian at his Masoyen monastery in Mandalay, central Myanmar, Wirathu said Muslims posed a serious threat to the country, claiming they refused to deal with non-Muslims, forced Buddhist women who wed Muslim men to abandon their religion and waged “jihad” in areas where they were strong in numbers.

“One Myanmar Buddhist girl (who married a Muslim man) who was six months’ pregnant was beaten by her husband when he found out she had been visiting the Buddhist monastery,” Wirathu said. “Another girl was offering flowers to Buddha and she was killed by her (Muslim) husband.”

Anti-Muslim tensions are a major concern for Ms Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy, with a November election expected to be called on Monday…


The Dalai Lama is taking a different position: Dalai Lama urges Suu Kyi to act on Rohingya

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Wirathu: The Buddhist Monk the Media Hates

Time has made up its mind about him

Time has made up its mind about him

…But the exterior of the monastery is gruesome, coated with propaganda posters depicting violence he claims has been perpetrated by the Rohingya, Burma’s Muslim ethnic minority: collapsed temples and blood-streaked bodies.

“These pictures are here to protect our religion and our national interest,” the monk calmly explained to a BBC reporter in a 2013 documentary. “If we do not protect our own people we will become weak, and we will face more mass killings of this kind when they grow to outnumber us.”

“Muslims are only well behaved when they are weak,” he adds, contemplating another poster. “When they are strong they are like a wolf or a jackal, in large packs they hunt down other animals.” …

“You can be full of kindness and love, but you cannot sleep next to a mad dog,” he said of Muslims at a 2013 sermon reported by the New York Times.

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Controversial population control bill becomes law in Myanmar

Myanmar’s president has signed off on a law that says couples must space their children 36 months apart. This is the first of four “race and religious protection” laws proposed by Buddhist nationalists.

The president of Myanmar has signed a controversial population control bill into law, state media reported on Saturday. The law requires mothers to have their children three years apart. It was passed over the objections of rights activists, who say that it not only represses women, but also religious and ethnic minorities.

The Population Control Health Care Bill was drafted under pressure from hard-line Buddhists with anti-Muslim sentiment in mind, after being passed by parliament last month and signed by President Thein Sein (pictured above) on Tuesday, according to Burmese media.

h/t T

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Myanmar monks lead protest decrying U.N. envoy’s visit

A group of Myanmar Buddhist monks hold a banner and shout slogans during a protest rally against the visit by the members of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) in Yangon, Myanmar, November, 2013

imageLocation of the Rohingya (Arakan)

(Reuters) – Hundreds of protesters led by Buddhist monks rallied in Myanmar on Friday to denounce a visit by a human rights envoy of the United Nations, which has urged the government to grant citizenship to persecuted Rohingya Muslims.

Crowds roared and pumped their fists in the air as Ashin Wirathu, a extremist monk known for railing against Muslims, delivered an impassioned speech in Yangon attacking the U.N. and its Special Rapporteur on Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, who is concluding a 10-day visit.

The scenes demonstrate a surge in Buddhist nationalism in Myanmar, where monks carry considerable influence and were revered for their moral integrity during the five decades when the country was under brutal and corrupt military rule.

ChittagongHillTractsLocation of the Chittagong Hill Tracts, where Buddhists are increasingly being encroached upon, due to the growing population of Bangladesh

Protests were outlawed until the civilian-led government that took office in 2011 lifted the ban. But that has given rise to a Buddhist movement that has taken aim at Muslims, who make up about 5 percent of Myanmar’s population of 53 million…


The Rohingya are ethnically related to the Muslims of Bangladesh, who refuse to take them in. In addition, there are steady occurrences of offences against the tiny number of Buddhists in Bangladesh, who are ethnically related to those in Myanmar.

Another worry is the high birth rate of Muslims, while it is in decline amongst the Buddhists.

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Sri Lanka gets its first Catholic saint, pope visits Buddhist temple

Pope Francis gestures in blessing during a mass in Colombo, January 14, 2015. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

(Reuters) – Pope Francis paid a surprise visit to a Buddhist temple on Wednesday, capping a trip to Sri Lanka where he told huge crowds that religions must unite to heal the country’s war wounds.

The only other visit by a pope to a Buddhist temple was made by Pope John Paul during a trip to Thailand in 1984.

Pope Francis waves to Catholic faithful as he arrives to lead mass in ColomboPope Francis waves to Catholic faithful as he arrives to lead mass in Colombo, January 14, 2015. Reuters/Stefano Rellandini

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said the pope briefly stopped at Colombo’s Mahabodhi temple to meet Banagila Upatissa, a Buddhist leader who had invited him when they met on Tuesday at an inter-religious meeting.

“The pope listened with great respect” as the monks were singing and praying, Lombardi said. He said that in honor of the occasion, the monks opened a container holding Buddhist relics that is normally unsealed only once a year…

…During his two-day trip to Sri Lanka – which is about 70 percent Buddhist, 13 percent Hindu, 10 percent Muslim and 7 percent Catholic – the pope has stressed the role of religion to help reconciliation after the 26-year civil war that ended in 2009 and killed up to 100,000 people.

Earlier, Francis gave Sri Lanka its first saint at a seafront Mass for more half a million people in Colombo, calling 17th century missionary Joseph Vaz a model of reconciliation…

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NYT joins the crowd: ‘Sri Lanka’s violent Buddhists’

BANGALORE, India — When I met Watareka Vijitha Thero in early 2014 in a suburb of Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital, he had been in hiding for nearly five months. The gentle-voiced monk had spoken out against anti-Muslim fearmongering by a hard-line group called the Buddhist Power Force, known by its Sinhalese initials B.B.S.

Mr. Vijitha’s car was attacked in retaliation, and he narrowly escaped. “What does it mean for Buddhism if those that speak for communal harmony have to hide in fear?” he asked me. “What does it mean for my country that the government lets these lawless thugs have a free run?”

Six months later, Mr. Vijitha was found on a road near Colombo stripped naked and bloody, his hands and legs bound. The B.B.S. denied involvement. When the monk filed a complaint, the police threw him in jail for 12 days on charges of self- inflicted violence — a warning to others who dared to criticize hard-line Buddhists.

Three years ago, the B.B.S and other hard-line groups were fringe elements. Today, they are a powerful force, and their aggressive assertion of Sinhalese Buddhist dominance, in a country that is 70 percent Buddhist, is increasingly mirrored in government-approved revisionist histories of Sri Lanka…

…No matter who wins in January, the message is unmistakable: To be truly considered Sri Lankan these days, one must accept the primacy and glory of the country’s Sinhalese Buddhist past. Unless it is challenged, this mindset will pose a far greater danger to Sri Lanka than the blows of hard-line thugs.


This is from the paper that would never even consider using “violent” with “Islam” or “Muslim” in a title. Readers also found the story lacking context. Islam is barely mention in the article. Sample comment:

If other readers of the NY Times are anything like me, the problem with this op-ed is that we have no background for understanding it. We have been hearing about the Buddhist violence against Muslims in Myanmar, and now the Buddhist violence against Muslims in Sri Lanka, but why?

Why have Buddhist, astonishingly, become violent? What do they say? What are their explanations? Did this violence just fall out of the sky, or are they responding to something?

Come on, NY Times, what is the story???

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Greenfield: Islam Now Trying to Hijack Buddhism

unnamed-15Islam famously claims to be the “true” successor to Judaism and Christianity. Mohammed proved that he was the true prophet by killing a whole bunch of Christians and Jews. Since then his followers have been making the same theological argument for over a thousand years.

What Islam really did was take the prophets of other religions, assemble them in a list and stick Mohammed at the end.

Now it’s trying to stick Buddha in there somewhere and claim that Buddha, like all the Moses and David and a whole bunch of other Jews they would kill if they were around today, was a Muslim.

The famous Muslim missionary Tareq Al-Suwaidan, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Kuwait is calling on Muslims to believe in Buddha as a messenger of Allah.

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Sharia Unveiled: Moslems unleash unholy terror on Buddhists in Bangladesh

GHRD [Global Human Rights Defence] is deeply troubled by the scale and ferocity of the pervasive attacks against indigenous people in CHT [Chittagong Hill Tracts*].

bdmapNotice the proximity of the area to Myanmar, where Bengali Muslims called the Rohingya are bitterly resented

The perpetrators of arson attacks on indigenous Jumma people’s homes, shops and places of worship in Naniarchar Upazila [sub-district] of Rangamati District must be brought to justice. Solid measures must be taken to address the urgent need for protection of Jumma people in the area…

The perpetrators of arson attacks on indigenous Jumma people’s homes, shops and places of worship in Naniarchar Upazila of Rangamati District must be brought to justice. Solid measures must be taken to address the urgent need for protection of Jumma people in the area.

On 16th December, 2014 three Jumma villages1 of Rangamati District in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) were swept by terror when 400-500 Bengali settlers attacked the area at around 8:30 am…


*Topographically, the Chittagong Hill Tracts are the only very hilly area in Bangladesh. With Ladakh, Sikkim, Bhutan, and Sri Lanka, they constitute one of the few remaining abodes of Buddhism in South Asia… The tribal peoples…differ markedly from the Bengali majority of Bangladesh with respect to language, culture, physical appearance, religion, dress and farming methods. (Wiki)


This is land-grabbing plain and simple, and  such attacks are not uncommon in Bangledesh. Check this web site devoted to news from the region.  Just another example of aggressive Islam that never makes the Western news.

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