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Self Immolation in front of the media.

1963, South Vietnam.  The Buddhist Monk Thích Quảng Đức, immolated himself in front of the international press, protesting the persecution of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese government led by Ngô Đình Diệm.

The Buddhist crisis was a period of political and religious tension, characterized by a series of repressive acts by the South Vietnamese government and a campaign of civil resistance, led mainly by Buddhist monks.

People never change, and this is just another version of religion versus religion.  A Catholic President imposing Catholicism over buddhism by force, not because of religious beliefs, but politics and power.

Anyway the Mink died, and his lasts words were:

 

“Before closing my eyes and moving towards the vision of the Buddha, I respectfully plead to President Ngô Đình Diệm to take a mind of compassion towards the people of the nation and implement religious equality to maintain the strength of the homeland eternally. I call the venerables, reverends, members of the sangha and the lay Buddhists to organize in solidarity to make sacrifices to protect Buddhism.”

We cannot overlook Quang Duc’s way of doing things, by the way, he did not complain, or said a single word while on fire, he did it all the way sitting in a meditative state.

Next time you’re playing Lithium, check out Quang Duc and say hi from us!

 

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