Human Rights Watch (2009): The Resistance of the Monks | Buddhism and Activism in Burma | IX. International Networks


Photo: Colby Brown Photography After the crackdown, 54 Burmese monks in exile in Asia, Europe, and North America met in Los Angeles on October 27, 2007. Under the leadership of U Kovida, the 80-year-old former abbot of the Ma Soe Yin monastery in Mandalay, and U Pannya Vamsa, the 79-year-old abbot of the Burmese monastery…

Hồi Ký Nguyễn Xuân Thu: Chương 2: Những chặng đường học tập | Chapter 2: My Education Journey


Chương 2: Những chặng đường học tập Học hành dang dở Gia đình tôi ở vùng nông thôn rất nghèo. Như đã nói ở trên, mẹ tôi cố gắng cho tôi đi học chỉ vì bà thương tôi, không muốn tôi bị thất học phải bị bắt làm xâu. Tôi không nhớ chính xác ngày…

Human Rights Watch (2009): The Resistance of the Monks | Buddhism and Activism in Burma | VIII. Cyclone Nargis and Its Aftermath


In 2008, Myanmar suffered its worst natural disaster on record when Cyclone Nargis swept through. Children in western Rakhine State walk along a debris-strewn road after 2010’s Cyclone Giri. | Photo: DPA On May 2, 2008, Burma was struck by its worst natural disaster in modern history. On that day, Cyclone Nargis tore into Burma’s Irrawaddy delta,…

Human Rights Watch (2009): The Resistance of the Monks | Buddhism and Activism in Burma | VII. The September 2007 Crackdown


Since the crackdown, many have wondered, “What happened to the monks?” Several hundred monks, possibly more than 1,000, were arrested, and 237 remain in prison as of August 2009.[1] Some fled overseas, but more went back to life as laypeople. Many monasteries in Rangoon and elsewhere now have less than half as many monks as they…

Human Rights Watch (2009): The Resistance of the Monks | Buddhism and Activism in Burma | VI – The Reemergence of Buddhist Political Activism in Burma


Young monk in Myanmar | Photo: Alessandro Bergamini The demonstrations in August and September 2007 were the largest popular protests against military rule in Burma in nearly 20 years. Human Rights Watch documented the demonstrations and the brutal crackdown by security forces, interviewing more than 100 eyewitnesses to the events. Our report, Crackdown: Repression of the…

Human Rights Watch (2009): The Resistance of the Monks | Buddhism and Activism in Burma | V – The SPDC and Buddhism


Photo: Abdul Rahman Roslan   Following the 1990 crackdown on the monks’ movement and the government’s efforts to show its Buddhist credentials, Buddhism became a central theme in many aspects of governance and social control. On a hill on the northern outskirts of Rangoon, the grandest pagoda to be built in years in Rangoon began…

Nguyên Không Tuấn Khanh: Tiếng Đàn Bất Ngờ Của Nghệ Sĩ Siêu Sao Ở Phòng Chủng Ngừa Covid-19


Buổi diễn bất ngờ của nghệ sĩ Yo-yo Ma | ảnh: BERKSHIRE COMMUNITY COLLEGE FACEBOOK Mới đây, giới hâm mộ thích thú khám phá một hình ảnh đời thường của Yo-yo Ma, nghệ sĩ chơi cello hàng siêu sao của thế giới, khi ông xách theo cây đàn và chơi cho những người đang chờ…

Human Rights Watch (2009): The Resistance of the Monks | Buddhism and Activism in Burma | IV – Aung San Suu Kyi and Buddhism


My first concern is to abide by Buddhist principles in my worldly dealings. Of course, I do meditate. That’s because I believe that all of us, as human beings, have a spiritual dimension which cannot be neglected. – Aung San Suu Kyi, Conversations with Aung San Suu Kyi BY ALAN CLEMENTS| SEPTEMBER 1, 1997  …