View Full Version : Even Buddhist Monks get PO'd.

September 8th, 2007, 11:22 AM
Local and security officials went to the monastery to apologise for the violence, but the monks took them hostage.
link (http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=51,4817,0,0,1,0)

June 13th, 2008, 10:53 PM
Thank you for posting this, it's quite interesting. Do you think that culture won out over doctrine? Many monks in primarily Buddhist countries are monks out of necessity, not necissarily out of religious fervor. That's not to say that they're not as devoted as monks that chose the path, but given the circumstances is it possible that doctrine took a backseat in this instance? If not, how else would this situation have come about?

June 14th, 2008, 02:45 AM
My view, is be it monk or lay person, all are just human.

June 14th, 2008, 06:13 AM
My view, is be it monk or lay person, all are just human.
Exactly. If sufficiently pissed-off people are given a situation where they can take revenge, they'll likely seize on it. We're emotional creatures, who do often act on emotional reactions.

And, it's not like this is the first time Buddhist monks have been violent. Look at the ikko-ikki monks in Renaissance Japan. They often led the peasant rebellions against noble lords, and in some cases, worked as mercenaries.

June 16th, 2008, 12:42 AM
Actually, in Myanmar/Burma, Buddhist monks have been forced into a bit of an awkward position. The Junta has been starving and abusing its population, leaving nearly the entire country dependent on assistance from Buddhist temples and their monks, who often receive assistance from other monks outside Myanmar/Burma.

The monks have basically been forced into the position of protectors. The Junta decided to stop subsidizing fuel prices, causing overnight inflation of up to 500% right before this happened. The original student protest was inherited by the monks after it became clear something had to be done when the Junta started disappearing student leaders. Ultimately the Junta started killing many of the monks and civilians. The Junta locked down communication and the issue vanished from the world news when "sexier" monks in Tibet started protesting. With the upcoming Olympics, that issue was seen as more sellable by the news media.

The cyclone a month or two ago effectively shut down what little information was still being leaked from the country. It's been very sad. It hurts my heart to think of the plight of the Burmese.

June 20th, 2008, 11:55 PM
Even the most passive have a limit.