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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Remember Burma. One Year Anniversary of Brutal Crackdown.

Tomorrow is the anniversary of the brutal and fatal crack-downs on the peaceful demonstrations of the Burmese monks in what was called the, "Saffron Revolution." I am posting this message to let the Burmese people who are living all over the world know that I have not forgotten their struggles, suffering and hopes. I still stand firm and tall for your right to live in a peaceful, vibrant and healthy society.

I call on all Buddhists and non-Buddhists to remember the sacrifices of Aung San Suu Kyi, the monks and the laity when you meditate tonight and/or tomorrow. I also think it would be really positive and a powerful symbol of unity to light a candle tomorrow for the struggle for peace and democracy in Burma. As well as to remember those who lost their lives. I personally will try and keep a candle lit for most of the day. For as Buddha said, "Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared."-BuddhaAlso, please take a minute to sign a petition to be sent to the U.N. Secretary General to urge him to call for the release of all political prisoners and to support a global arms embargo toward the Burmese military junta "government." Also, here's a video (part one) from one of the leaders of the peaceful protests U Gawsita on why the monks started the protests:

~Peace to all beings~

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Dhamma81 said...

If only the UN was a decent organization the petition might make a difference, but since the UN is another corrupt political institution filled up with thugs that care more about money then human life I don't know what difference asking for their help makes but I will sign the petition on the principle that the people of Burma are suffering, and despite the useless United Nations and the phony politicians and world leaders out there at least some regular folks are doing what they can.

I have several hours alone to meditate today since my workload has been so light so I think i'll meditate and dedicate merit this afternoon. That was a noble idea that you had. May all the merit that we offer bear fruit in a way that makes a difference in this or a future lifetime. May all beings always look after themselves with ease.

Uku said...

Important post, James! Good job! Those kind of events should be in our minds that we can do our best to help each others.

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