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    Radical Buddhism

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27107857





    '...Named as Naomi Michelle Coleman,she arrived on a flight from India on Monday and was arrested at theairport after the tattoo of the Buddha and a lotus flower on herright arm was seen.


    She is being held at an immigrationdetention camp until her deportation.


    The authorities are tough on perceivedinsults to Buddhism, the religion of the island's majority ethnicSinhalese.


    Sri Lanka is particularly sensitiveabout images of Buddha. The authorities regularly take strict actionwith regard to the treatment of the image...




    Last March another British tourist wasdenied entry at Colombo's international airport because immigrationofficials said he had spoken "disrespectfully" when askedabout a tattoo of the Buddha on his arm.


    He later spoke of his "shock"at the incident, insisting that he himself followed Buddhistteachings and thought a tattoo was an apt tribute. …

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve_bnk View Post
    ...He later spoke of his "shock"at the incident, insisting that he himself followed Buddhistteachings and thought a tattoo was an apt tribute. …
    Religious people like to pretend that secularists are oppressing them, but as soon as secularists aren't in charge they start getting actually oppressed.

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    More like radical Buddists. Is there anything in Buddhism (Four Noble Truths, Eightfold Path) that could be extrapolated into radicalism?

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    Right, they're not true Buddhists.

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    I think we need to keep in mind that Sri Lanka has just ended decades of civil war between the majority Singhalese, who are Buddhists, and the minority Tamils who are Hindu. In the context of that war, attacks on Buddhism were political acts. I think that probably has a lot more to do with the present situation than any Buddhist fundamentalism or anything like that. To be anti-Buddha in any way could be interpreted as a subversive act.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boneyard bill View Post
    I think we need to keep in mind that Sri Lanka has just ended decades of civil war between the majority Singhalese, who are Buddhists, and the minority Tamils who are Hindu. In the context of that war, attacks on Buddhism were political acts. I think that probably has a lot more to do with the present situation than any Buddhist fundamentalism or anything like that. To be anti-Buddha in any way could be interpreted as a subversive act.
    It's still inexcusable, particularly in light of the horrible things they did to the Tamils.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blastula View Post
    Right, they're not true Buddhists.
    No, no, they can be Buddhists, they can be true Buddhists, but it's not Buddhism that's driving this behavior. They're just being poopy heads.
    And there can be buddhist poopyheads, and christain poopyheads, and atheist poopyheads, and muslim poopyheads, and so on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blastula View Post
    Right, they're not true Buddhists.
    Eh? The Bible contains god condoned violence. The Qu'ran contains god condoned violence. The Four Noble Truths and Eightfold path contain no higher deity condoned violence or any kind. Buddhists can clearly be capable of bad acts, but the acts are clearly not condoned by Buddhism itself.

    The OP title is about "radical Buddhism". My reflection was how exactly could Buddhism be radicalized towards violence?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy Higgins View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by blastula View Post
    Right, they're not true Buddhists.
    Eh? The Bible contains god condoned violence. The Qu'ran contains god condoned violence. The Four Noble Truths and Eightfold path contain no higher deity condoned violence or any kind. Buddhists can clearly be capable of bad acts, but the acts are clearly not condoned by Buddhism itself.

    The OP title is about "radical Buddhism". My reflection was how exactly could Buddhism be radicalized towards violence?
    WTF? Something is "condoned by Buddhism itself" when a Buddhist interprets Buddhist teachings to condone something. It's the same way that Christianity condones democracy and freedom and Islam condones equal rights for women.

    If some Buddhist interprets a Buddhist teaching in a way that radicalizes it towards violence, then saying they're not "true" Buddhists is as counter-factual as saying that those who are for/against gay rights aren't "true" Christians. People's interpretations of religious teachings are infinitely more important than what an objective reading of those teachings might or might not say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Sawyer View Post
    WTF? Something is "condoned by Buddhism itself" when a Buddhist interprets Buddhist teachings to condone something. It's the same way that Christianity condones democracy and freedom and Islam condones equal rights for women.
    I'm saying that Buddhism, the two primary docs from it, are impossible to be radicalized towards violence. If someone takes violent actions, it is based on something entirely unrelated.

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