American Buddhists have an irritating habit of chiding members of other religions, droning on about the brutality associated with others’ beliefs, while promoting Buddhism as a model of serene nonviolence, full of wise “mindfulness”.
Recent news reminds us that Buddhist religion can get its followers’ minds full of dangerous hatred.
This spring, I reported on [...]
Rohingya Muslims have not been completely non-violent, but it is absurd for Buddhists around the world to continue to pretend that their religion does not hold the weight of responsibility for the bloodshed and destruction. [...]
Think that Buddhism is a religion of pure peace and toleration? Consider what the Buddhist monks are doing in Myanmar. [...]
Pier1 stores across the United States are selling mass-produced statues of frogs, cats, and turtles that appear to be meditating, holding postures typically associated with Hindu or Buddhist sages. Who would buy one of these statues? Where would they put the statue, and for what purpose?
With the police closing in on him again, Ram Bomjon and nine of his closest followers have fled their meditation complex in the Halkhoria forest. They were last seen at a police checkpoint crowded into a jeep, saying that they were headed to the east, into the region of Sindhuli. [...]
Ram Bomjon says that he will only release his captive sister Ranjita if his family sends him his mother Mayadevi’s citizenship card. Bomjon needs the citizenship card in order to obtain a passport. Apparently, the Buddha Boy is planning to leave the country of Nepal as quickly as he can. [...]
Ram Bomjon, aka Palden Dorje aka Dharma Sanga aka Tamang Tulku Rimpoche, was said to be an enlightened Buddha Boy. More recently, however, he’s been holding people prisoner and physically attacking anybody who challenges his authority. [...]
Supporters of Ram Bomjon are now claiming that the so-called Buddha Boy has been meditating for six years straight without eating, drinking, or moving, even though photographs and video document his frequent movements and vigorous activities. [...]
It’s claimed that the mystical Buddhist udumbara flower has shown up at a convenience store in South Korea. However, clear facts show that udumbara flowers pop up all the time, not every three thousand years. Also, they’re not flowers. They’re insect eggs. [...]
In the United States, we slaughter enough animals to hold 25 festival slaughters the size of the Gahimai slaughter every day of the year. So, what kind of basis for moral outrage do we have here in the United States to condemn a the Gadhimai slaughter in Nepal? [...]
When Ram Bomjon hit people with a stick, he was not doing what the Buddha would have done. [...]