Saturday, 11 June 2011

WARNING - GRAPHIC CONTENT :Self Immolation - the Vietnamese Buddhist Monk who set himself on fire


I thought long and hard before posting this as the video is so shocking - but if one person who sees it ask why a Vietnamese monk would do this back in 1963 - what was he protesting about and why did it matter so much he would take his own life in such a way then it was worth it.

We live in an often cruel and capricious world where money and power are the drivers of economies and the people who lead them. Small nations can get caught up as hyper powers seek to exert their influence and take part in what seems to be an almost timeless battle for resources and control . I firmly believe that most people are good and want only a meaningful and stable life for themselves, their friends their families and the wider world. Sadly whilst these values can prevail at a local level - those that seek and exercise power are such that often this world is not possible. That is why the message of the Buddha a Prince who abandoned worldly power to seek truth and his message of compassion is just as important today as it was 2,500 years ago.

Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.

Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.


Read more about this remarkable man in the Wikipedia entry on Thích Quảng Đức.

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