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Statue honours patriotic monk Thich Quang Duc

Postby Mr. G » Mon Sep 20, 2010 11:56 am

HCM CITY — A statue of Bodhisattva Thich Quang Duc, who immolated himself to protest repression against Buddhism by the former Sai Gon regime, was inaugurated in HCM City on Saturday.

The inauguration ceremony was organised by the HCM City's Culture Department and the municipal Buddhist Sangha to honour the venerable monk's piety, courage and patriotism.

The bronze statue is 6.3m tall and stands amidst a 2,000sq.m park at the busy intersection of Cach Mang Thang Tam and Nguyen Dinh Chieu streets, where the self-immolation took place.

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Re: Statue honours patriotic monk Thich Quang Duc

Postby catmoon » Tue Sep 21, 2010 1:16 am

mr. gordo wrote:HCM CITY — A statue of Bodhisattva Thich Quang Duc, who immolated himself to protest repression against Buddhism by the former Sai Gon regime, was inaugurated in HCM City on Saturday.

The inauguration ceremony was organised by the HCM City's Culture Department and the municipal Buddhist Sangha to honour the venerable monk's piety, courage and patriotism.

The bronze statue is 6.3m tall and stands amidst a 2,000sq.m park at the busy intersection of Cach Mang Thang Tam and Nguyen Dinh Chieu streets, where the self-immolation took place.

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Well isn't that interesting. So he was protesting American-led oppression of Buddhists? I hadn't heard that twist before.
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Re: Statue honours patriotic monk Thich Quang Duc

Postby ronnewmexico » Tue Sep 21, 2010 1:34 am

The repressive regimes of the south at least one certainly, were characterized by religious repression. One in fact being of the catholic variety and most noteable and verifiable in history. Not to speak against that religion or any other but all can be misused and were in colonialism and extensions of such. The despotic and repressive south vietnam regimes were backed first by the french then by the US. So this take is not unknown nor indefensible.

People even to this day refuse to admit the domino theory and all that was totally nonsense, even though one of the molders and true believers of that at the time, stated quite clearly in his writings(Robert McNamara) it was a untruth. Vietnam was largly a nationalistic struggle, and not largly a communistic chinese inspired struggle, as their war with China very shortly after the defeat of the US proved.

Even today it is vietnam first communism second or third and religion and buddhism were part of historic vietnam and not part of the colonialism that ruled prior. Japan relatedly as a response to catholicism and its colonial influence at one time virtually outlawed it years ago.

Don't take my word on this stuff...read wikipedia or other source on the history of vietnam, relgions in asia and other specifics related. Religious and other opression certainly existed in the regimes inspired by and protected by the US, and other colonial powers.

Did not anyone in the land of propoganda ever wonder exactly why so many buddhist monks were killing themselves most commonly by fire at one time in vietnam? This one monk was certainly not alone, though most known of.
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Re: Statue honours patriotic monk Thich Quang Duc

Postby KeithBC » Wed Sep 22, 2010 5:06 pm

catmoon wrote:Well isn't that interesting. So he was protesting American-led oppression of Buddhists? I hadn't heard that twist before.

That is not new and not a "twist". It has been well known ever since 1963 that Ven. Thich Quang Duc was protesting religious persecution.

That the regime that was responsible for the religious persecution was also responsible for the war has led to the public impression that he was protesting the war. However, all reputable histories of those events acknowledge that his protest was against the religious persecution. It is for this reason that he is considered a bodhisattva.

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Re: Statue honours patriotic monk Thich Quang Duc

Postby ronnewmexico » Wed Sep 22, 2010 5:24 pm

As they say quite often..those that do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it.

No studying nor learning of the different religious ideology of the sunni and shia we can now claim in media of the day that the shia Iranians are helping the sunni taliban in their quest in afghanistan. Thusly lies the pretense if the politic shifts(in america) for invasion. As false pretense was cause of Iraq invasion.

Not knowing years ago of religious oppression in vietnam nor history of vietnam we could firmly state communist conspiracy existant.

Jumping from stupidity to stupidity all the jumps incited by unspoken agenda. And never one questioning nor examining the impetus... what it is that makes us jump thusly.
To busy for such things...though total eventual economic collapse as is the result of any empire be final result. To busy to study such things....The things most desireing to protect and time most spent endeavoring..... most certainly eaten in total by this beast not watched nor tended to.

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