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    Where Is The Love In Burmese Buddhism?

    (Monks Patrol Meikhtila As Military Watches)

    Alders Ledge:
    March 25, 2013
    Love? What Love?
    (part of The Darkness Visible series)
    When Buddha was a young man he sat at beneath a large
    tree and watched as the peasants prepared the fields for the planting. Instead
    of worrying about the hunger of his people, the Buddha thought to himself about
    the plight of the worms in the soil as the plows turned over the land. If the
    crops were not planted the people would starve to death. But that did not cross
    the Buddha’s mind as he worried about and animal that can survive being cut in
    half. To the Buddhists of today this is supposed to represent his love for even
    the least of these. But I ask what love?
    It is hard to imagine any person, regardless of his
    supposed deity status, thinking that the life of a single worm was more
    important than the lives of millions of starving humans. It is a self righteous
    behavior that has become characteristic of the Buddha. While he had everything
    provided for him the people beneath his “enlightened” state died of
    hunger. So once again, what love?
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    Hate)
    “Parasites”… “Termites”…
    “Cockroaches”…
    Is this the love of which Buddhists speak? Is this the
    compassion which Buddha supposedly held for the worms? What if the worms had
    been called “parasites”? Would the Burmese still refer to Rohingya
    and other Muslims as such?
    When a people forget the morality that helped shape
    their culture they forget the soul of their culture. Stepping away from love
    and compassion brings us to the brink of catastrophe. It takes us beyond the
    point of no return… it drags us to place where we no longer recognize the
    people we once were. This is the hate with which Burmese Buddhism has been
    poisoned. What love was once there is trapped beneath it’s heel. The hatred for
    their fellow man now replaces the love of which Buddha spoke.
    The parable of the worms and Buddha was much more than
    mere self righteousness. It was meant to show that at times when we think we
    are helping others, performing a task greater than ourselves, we often hurt
    others without knowing. Buddha showed that with other ways of doing the same
    task we can often avoid the casualties of even the least of these (those
    society rejects or abandons).
    If Buddhism is to ever heal in Burma it will have to
    learn to exercise resistance to the hate that has worked it’s way into
    Myanmar’s culture. The racism, bigotry, and intolerance must be dealt with in
    ways other than the killing and ostracizing of an entire portion of the
    population. Those who have introduced this disease must be dealt with also. The
    sickness must not be allowed to govern the politics of a nation. In approaching
    this problem in this way, Myanmar must recall that the illness of one man
    changed the way Europe thinks today. Had Hitler’s disease not been permitted to
    take hold, Europe and America might have been able to avoid the Nazi’s
    “Final Solution”.
    But none of this can be accomplished or even worked on
    until the country of Burma decides to first abandon its policies of
    extermination and religious bigotry. Until the blood stops flowing this disease
    cannot be contained. The love that Buddha tried to spread can not be achieved
    as long as hate is allowed to rule the hearts and control the minds of the
    Burmese.