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Lions Roar : November 2008
SHAMBHALA SUN NOVEMBER 2008 96 ethnic replacement. Yet armed upris- ing, guerrilla war, or acts of terrorism in Burma or Tibet would be a disaster. It would invite a violent repression be- yond anything we have seen so far. It is clear from Wintle’s and Thurman’s books, and from the unfolding story of Burma and Tibet, that despite contro- versy Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and His Ho- liness the Dalai Lama have fully earned their people’s reverence. Yet they remain actually or functionally in exile. Focusing single-mindedly on these two leaders em- phasizes the “great man” (or “great wom- an”) vision of history, which is not how social change actually happens. If non- violent change is going to come in these countries, I think we have to look to the monks and nuns. (It is worth noting that although monks vastly outnumber nuns, in both countries nuns have demonstrat- ed great heroism and deep understanding of the dharma.) In Burma and Tibet, monastics repre- sent the most enduring and intact base of cultural and religious stability. They are numerous—400,000 in Burma, and at least 50,000 in Tibet. Although they reside in temples and monasteries, monks and nuns live in intimate connection with their communities, often dependent on them for food and support. Living in accord with the Buddha’s precepts, they strive to embody the Buddha’s prime directive— non-harming—consonant with the views of the Dalai Lama and Aung San Suu Kyi. Monastic practice is a highly disciplined life. It is also a tradition that has deep roots of open discussion and decision-making. Despite the widespread political repres- sion in Tibet and Burma, monks and nuns have created religious orders that express the intertwined reality of spiritual and so- cial liberation, and the moral authority of monastic orders suggests they are uniquely placed to oppose oppression and to renew society. This is a rare opportunity. Clearly His Holiness and Aung San Suu Kyi are both devoted to the Buddhist monastic community and aware of its potential. The devotion is mutual. On September 20, 2007, as demon- strations roiled in Burma, a large del- TENZIN PALMO JETSUNMA October 31 - November 30, 2OO8 WEST COAST TEACHING TOUR USA 2OO8 NEW MEXICO Simms Auditorium, Albuquerque Academy, Albuquerque October 31 Canossian Spirituality Center, Albuquerque November 1-2 Upaya Zen Center, Santa Fe November 5 The Lensic Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe November 5 OREGON First Congregational Church, Portland November 7 Portland Dharma Center, Portland November 8 CALIFORNIA Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, Berkeley November 14 Berkeley Shambhala Center, Berkeley November 15-16 Spirit Rock, Woodacre November 17 –18 First Congregational Church, Santa Cruz November 29 For more information on Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo's teachings in each city please go to: “When I face an audience my main intention is how to say something that will be of use and benefit. Not just words that can be intellectually challenging or emotionally satisfying, but instructions that can be used that will encourage people to try to help themselves - and thus others.” JETSUNMA TENZIN PALMO www.tenzinpalmo.com or www.palmousa.org NOV 84-105.indd 96 NOV 84-105.indd 96 9/1/08 12:24:54 PM 9/1/08 12:24:54 PM