Friday, October 8, 2010

Buddhists at War -- Katherine Wharton

Have you heard about Vakkali, the Buddhist sage who attained Nirvana while slicing his own throat?

Of all the major faith traditions, Buddhism is often seen as the most peaceful, but Buddhist Warfare exposes its darker side. The eight essays in the collection describe twisted teachings on phenomena such as “Soldier-Zen”, and atrocities carried out by groups such as the Buddhist cult army of Faqing. In 515 AD, Faqing declared the arrival of the new Buddha and led more than 50,000 men to war. “When a soldier killed a man he earned the title of first-stage Bodhisattva (Buddha-to-be).

The more he killed the more he went up the echelon towards sainthood ... the insurgents were given an alcoholic drug that made them crazy to the extent that fathers and sons no longer recognized each other and didn’t think twice before killing each other; the only thing that mattered was killing.” Buddhist Warfare forms an accurate history of violence in the name of religion. Its most shocking material is the studies of various sutras that justify killing with detailed reference to the Buddha’s central philosophical tenets. The book therefore presents a uniquely Buddhist “heart of darkness”.

In the afterword, Bernard Faure states that the aim of the collection was to press Buddhists and scholars of Buddhism to face up to the worst aberrations and silences within the tradition. Faure accuses many contemporary Buddhist apologists of taking the “high metaphysical or moral ground” rather than recognizing that in Buddhism, as in all the faiths, there is a constant struggle between light and darkness, between the promise of release and “the violence that lies at the heart of reality (and of each individual)”...Read it all

--->Officials find 2,000 fetuses at Bangkok temple..."apparently to conceal illegal abortions"...

--->Dying to Win: Newt Gingrich’s "Terrorism" "...Regardless of its alleged French roots – dating back to the French revolution of the late 18th century – ‘terrorism’ is very much a political term and very much a recent one. US officials, especially those vying for political office, are very generous in their use of this word...Americans have been long familiar with Gingrich’s emblematic rants. But they are also afraid of terrorism. They have been told that terrorism is anything but a political coinage and endeavor; in fact, it is ultimately about a bomb and two wires, one green and one red. Every aspiring politician poses as the one who knows exactly which wire to cut.

Gingrich moulds the threat in any way he finds politically useful. Then he exaggerates the concocted threat and promises to cut the right wire in order to increase his chances at elections...Read it all

Note: Then there is the other trick. Though we have had plenty of "conservative" Presidents (as well as "progressives") neither flank has stopped the abortion mills, despite all campaign rhetoric. Not one has proposed a long, laborious, but needed movement to seek an amendment to the Constitution, three-fourths of the States (38 of 50 States) needed to ratify in a matter of life and death for millions.

What then is 'democracy' if the people are not consulted? Mother Teresa said abortion is the root of nuclear war. It may take a few minutes, but thoughtful reflection on what she said is compelling.

--->Merchants of death. Arms Exports in 2009: Results Reinforce
France's Worldwide Ranking. "The arms industry is crucial for our country, as is maintaining a proper balance between national orders and exports," French defence ministry spokesman Laurent Teisseire said.

--->Jobs crisis extends to unemployed, lawmakers. Economy loses 95,000 jobs as government layoffs exceed private hires

--->Memo to Glenn Beck: What is this "new world" coming, this "change" which you say is inevitable ("prepared for the new world that is coming") but "must be stopped"? Globalism is a present reality, all agree; precise "global governance" is not. China State capitalism you say is the model. OK, we get the thesis and implore God to spare us that; But you say you want to stop it ... and then you tell Neo-Con imperialist-in-chief, John Bolton, he should be "king of the world". Huh? Is it only who leads a "New World Order"---good old fashioned Manifest Destiny---that is your concern? Speak clearly man. The old multi-polar world order and free cooperation / national sovereignties is stable enough world 'order'.

Too, is Glenn Beck making the world 'free' for irresponsible, bloody multinationals which are accountable to none except their own, and stockholders,' profit? Dr. Robert Bowman (see webcast below) believes we need to change the rules to radically limit or eliminate this monopoly form of capitalism. This, he says, must come through a Constitutional Amendment.

Left and Right: If we don’t break up monopoly and also bring about verifiable campaign finance reform (with no loopholes) it will do little good to lament about Left and Right since international finance (Yes, jew and gentiles alike) buy and control all powerful political operatives. Those who control the flow of capital and information (media) run the Show until people up.

--->Worth Examining Closely. US National Intelligence Council: Global Trends, A Transformed World. "A Transformed World to stimulate strategic thinking about the future by identifying key trends, the factors that drive them, where they seem to be headed, and how they might interact.

--->Roller Coaster. Dow up after yesterday's 'down'. Traders think Fed will take more action to spur economic growth

--->Good. Obama calls on China to free Nobel laureate Liu

--->Every crime involving violence against anyone is a Hate Crime by definition. Round them all up and seriously jail them, yes.

--->Sustainatopia? From Diversity to Sustainability: How Campus Ideology Is Born. Peter Wood: "...sustainability set aside the driving idea of the original environmental movement, that we help ourselves when we clean up the environment. Sustainability shifts the focus to both the imagined future and the supposed needs of the earth itself. Sustainability decenters environmentalism from the health and enjoyment of living people to the world beyond and replaces a focus on the dangers of pollution with the idea that Western society itself is profoundly at odds with the earth...[it] did not grow up organically on campus. While there were faculty members who pursued research on climate change and a few, such as the Oberlin professor David Orr, who gained recognition as uncompromising proponents of radical environmentalism, there was no mass movement behind them, nor did such a movement well up from students. It arrived, Cort├ęs-style, as a well-financed and shrewdly organized expedition bent on conquest. And its immediate target was academic administrations...

--->Geithner urges greater IMF role in currencies; meanwhile George Soros has warned that a global “currency war” pitting China versus the rest of the world could lead to the collapse of the world economy

BTR Webcast, This Morning, Saturday October 9, 2010, 10:30 AM EST (Boston time) A Conversation With Robert M. Bowman whose views on the moral health and direction of this nation have radically changed since the tragic events of September 11, 2001.

Dr. Robert M. Bowman, Lt. Col., USAF, ret. flew 101 combat missions in Vietnam. He is the recipient of the Eisenhower Medal, the George F. Kennan Peace Prize, the President’s Medal of Veterans for Peace, the Society of Military Engineers Gold Medal (twice), six Air Medals, and dozens of other awards and honors. His Ph.D. is in Aeronautics and Nuclear Engineering from Caltech.


He chaired 8 major international conferences, and is one of the country’s foremost experts on National Security. We discuss geopolitics and what Dr. Bowman believes are the lessons of Vietnam, September 11, the wars in Iraq-Afghanistan, the militarization of space, and our extraordinary time. Rebroadcast follows above, and at BTR for those who miss it. The program, of course, remains in the archives at BTR as well.

--->On courage
and fear...

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