Archive for February 6th, 2011

Border Music

Occasionally in America one is besieged by Western white-people Buddhists, who earnestly and/or smugly declaim that theirs is a practice whose devotees are uber-evolved, having transcended the scourges of Attachment and Strife, that so bedevil bottom-dwellers who have not become suffused with the emanations of The Enlightened One.

Uh-huh. Real Buddhists know better. Aware of their history, understanding that getting oneself Guatamaed has never proved fail-safe in preventing a person from running amok and spilling buckets of blood.

In recent years we have been treated to the spectacle of Cambodia and Thailand, two Buddhist nations, dispatching soldiers to fire upon one another over a disputed temple that each state claims for its own. Perversely, the temple is not even Buddhist: it’s Hindu. I previously wrote a little about it here. Now comes word that Thai artillery-shelling recently collapsed a wing of the temple. Proving that it is not just Western white people who suffer from “we had to destroy the village in order to save it” syndrome.

furthur=>

Advertisements

When I Worked

February 2011
M T W T F S S
« Jan   Mar »
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28  
Advertisements