I learned of this article this morning via Rod at The Worst Horse. Seems the Burmese junta is contemplating Aung San Suu Kyi’s freedom after nearly 20 years. If you believe this though you’ll believe that I am really George W. Bush writing under the guise of a Buddhist in hopes of making a comeback and becoming supreme leader of Mars once we inhabit it.
via The Worst Horse we are made aware of an interesting commercial Chrysler has released a short film, originally intended in support of the 10th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, this one if more dedicated in support of Aung San Suu Kyi. Sometimes, if not rarely, a major corporate entity actually does something to make a difference, instead of just offering lip service because they “feel bad”. Kudos to Chrysler and thanks to Rod for posting this.
Low Pressure Films/ Theodore Martland
Dhamma Dana is an extraordinary look into a culture that is hidden under a governmental shroud. Rarely are we giving a glimpse into such a serene lifestyle.
Theravada Buddhism, which is on of the two main branches of Buddhism, is considered the “Doctrine of the Elders” drawing it’s teachings straight from the Tipitaka which is believed to be one of the oldest teachings of the Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama. Burma, or as it’s know now Myanmar, is traditionally a Theravada practicing country. Nearly 90% of the country practices Theravada Buddhism, including (believe it or not) the tyrannical ruling junta of the country.
From The Tribune-Review via Phayul
Dozens of Buddhist monks are coming to Pittsburgh for a week of peaceful protests during the Group of 20 summit.
When “Uprising” anarchists and other activists take to the streets for an unpermitted march toward the David L. Lawrence Convention Center on Thursday, monks and laypeople from Burma and Tibet will be strolling Downtown, in the North Side and in Oakland, to draw attention to the suffering of people living under dictators.
“We will pray,” said Ashin Nayaka, a monk in the International Burmese Monks Organization. “We will pray for the people in Burma. We will sit in meditation. We will march peacefully, and we will ask the leaders to help us change Burma.”
Today, Aung San Suu Kyi, the iconic Burmese pro democracy leader, was cruelly sentenced to another year and a half of detention on trumped up charges.
But this is just the tip of the iceberg of thousands of crimes committed by the regime against the Burmese people. Over the next two months, with the UK and the US holding the Presidency of the United Nations Security Council, we have our best chance to get an international inquiry that could lead to the top generals’ arrests. But we need a massive global movement to push the US, UK and the Council to act and persuade China not to veto.
From The Associated Press
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called Tuesday for the release of Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, saying she “should not have been convicted” on a charge of violating house arrest.
Suu Kyi, the 64-year-old Nobel Peace laureate, has been in detention in Myanmar, also known as Burma, for 14 of the last 20 years, mostly under house arrest. She has now been ordered to serve an 18-month sentence for allowing an uninvited American to stay at her home.
“She should not have been tried. She should not have been convicted,” Clinton told a news conference here. “We continue to call for her release.”
I recorded a short audio/ video reading of the Metta Sutta per Danny Fisher’s idea which he shares with you at http://chaplaindanny.blogspot.com/2009/08/reading-and-call-to-action.html
In standing with the Burmese Monks I decided to record this reading. The video part is just a few photos I added in order to get this out on YouTube. Please watch this video, and check out Danny’s to see what you can do to stand with the monks as well.
From The Irrawaddy
Buddhist monks at the Myat Saw Nyi Naung Pagoda in Yenangyaung, Magway Divison, were warned on Wednesday not to hold a ceremony to chant the Metta Sutta—the Buddha’s discourse on loving-kindness.
The monks originally planned a 12-hour-long recitation, scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Wednesday, to mark the full moon day of the fifth month of the Burmese calendar, traditionally celebrated as “Metta Sutta Day” by Burmese Buddhists.
“We only intended to recite Buddhist sutras, including the Metta Sutta, to wish for all sentient beings to be peaceful and free from anxiety. But the authorities told us to call off our plans,” a monk from Yenangyaung told The Irrawaddy on Thursday.
Supporters of Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi made preparations around the world Thursday to mark her 64th birthday, with calls for her release from jail as she faces trial by the ruling junta.
The Nobel laureate is set to spend her birthday on Friday at Yangon’s notorious Insein prison, where she is being held on charges of violating her house arrest after an American man swam to her lakeside house.