Globalized fundamentalism versus tradition.
This report for the Society for International Development
describes the efforts of foreign funded Christian evangelists
to gain converts in Sri Lanka
, which the author views as an assault on traditional Sri Lankan culture. There is a backlash
, which some say is leading to the suppression of religious freedom
and state sponsorship of Buddhism
. [Via Plastic.]
Buddhist monks and leaders are people too, although it's easy to think otherwise judging by the uncritical adoration heaped upon the religion, and it's most high-profile representatives, in the United States. Why is it difficult for religious adherents to accept the basic fact that any religion (including Catholicism
, and the Church of the SubGenius
) includes helpings of the good, the bad, and the ugly? Maybe this is why I refuse to join any group that would have me as a member
Bush to meet with Dalai Lama!
This is a big deal to us Buddhists, as well as Tibetan freedom supporters. Wonder what His Holiness will have to say about the death penalty...