I. For Lords and Lamas
Along with the blood drenched landscape of religious conflict there is the experience of inner peace and solace that every religion promises, none more so than Buddhism. Standing in marked contrast to the intolerant savagery of other religions, Buddhism is neither fanatical nor dogmatic–so say its adherents. For many of them Buddhism is less a theology and more a meditative and investigative discipline intended to promote an inner harmony and enlightenment while directing us to a path of right living. Generally, the spiritual focus is not only on oneself but on the welfare of others. One tries to put aside egoistic pursuits and gain a deeper understanding of one’s connection to all people and things. “Socially engaged Buddhism” tries to blend individual liberation with responsible social action in order to build an enlightened society.
A glance at history, however, reveals that not all the many and widely varying forms of Buddhism have been free of doctrinal fanaticism, nor free of the violent and exploitative pursuits so characteristic of other religions. In Sri Lanka there is a legendary and almost sacred recorded history about the triumphant battles waged by Buddhist kings of yore. During the twentieth century, Buddhists clashed violently with each other and with non-Buddhists in Thailand, Burma, Korea, Japan, India, and elsewhere. In Sri Lanka, armed battles between Buddhist Sinhalese and Hindu Tamils have taken many lives on both sides. In 1998 the U.S. State Department listed thirty of the world’s most violent and dangerous extremist groups. Over half of them were religious, specifically Muslim, Jewish, and Buddhist. 1
Written by Katin for IPCRESS Blog
I wrote this shortly after the anti-war protest which was held 27 January 2007 in Washington, D.C. It illustrates my position that the so-called “Left Wing” is led by elements of The Establishment.
There is no Left.
I’ll repeat that: THERE IS NO LEFT.
What most of us consider to be “The Left” is merely a string of loosely organized opposition groups which are thoroughly infiltrated and directed by elements loyal to the Establishment. The whole pathetic parade of interest groups is merely a giant puppet show for the masses. One look at the sideshow in DC this weekend should be enough to convince the most die-hard Lib that their cause was hijacked long ago.