Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Hongwanji’s statement on the events in Tibet

"We have received various news reports on the suppression and deaths of many individuals following the quashing of the demonstrations held by monks and laypeople against the Chinese government in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, China. Due to the lack of information, we, the Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha denomination, are worried that there is a escalation and rise in violence happening in that region.

Lhasa is a holy place for Tibetan Buddhism, and as fellow Buddhists we are
very sad and anxious at the state of events taking place. As preached by Sakyamuni Buddha in the Dharmapada, "All tremble at the rod. All fear death. Comparing others with oneself, one should neither strike nor cause to strike."

Following the teachings of Master Shinran who wished for "peace and prosperity in the world," giving full respect for every individual's life, we aspire for a community of fellowship in the "Ondobo(1)" spirit.

We hope that the current series of unfortunate events will end not in violence, but in respect for each other's views and through peaceful dialogue."

18 March 2008 (Heisei 20)

Kosho Fujikawa
Socho, Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha

It is good that our school gave an official statement on the recent events from Tibet, but I wished that Hongwanji take a more stronger attitude and firmly condemn the killings made by the Chinese communist authorities. I feel this statement is not enough.
Nice words, but no real condemnation of Chinese occupation of Tibet, and of the killings they made for 50 years, the killings they are doing now, the monks and nuns who are still in prison, etc

(1) "Ondobo ondogyo" was a description made by Shinran Shonin in reference with people who follows the same path. It means that we are the same family of fellow practitioners. We are not superior or inferior to one another.

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Josho Adrian Cirlea said...

I agree with you, Vincent.Those communists should move their ass outside Tibet...

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