It's about time we see that fundamentalism, especially violent fundamentalism, is not about religion, it's about economics and politics...
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- Thanks for writing this, I missed this news being on my retreat last week. Hope everything will be safe for you all. I got back to this article below, someone shared with me before I even came back. Maybe you heard this news too.
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/05/26/world/asia/india-maoist-attack/index.html?hpt=hp_t3May 27, 2013
- Well said,. Many thanks.May 28, 2013
- "Fundamentalism" is where adherents of a religion have a strict (and usually selective) adherence to the letter of their spiritual writings. So in what sense are violent monks in Burma fundamentalist? If there are any teachings in the Pali canon that support the notion of being violent toward those of other faiths, I'm not aware of them. The word "fundamentalism" seems misapplied here.May 28, 2013
- Donald Swearer has a chapter on fundamentalisms in Theravada Buddhism in "Fundamentalisms Observed." It focuses on Thailand and Sri Lanka, but the essential features are applicable to monks in Burma as well. His use - and that of the volume - of "fundamentalism" draws from a religion's focus on scripture, concern for orthodoxy, and involvement in politics, so it is a bit more encompassing than the definition you give.May 28, 2013
- If anyone is interested to read, the chapter is available to read online.
Chapter 11, pg 628.
http://books.google.com/books?id=qd5yzP5hdiEC&pg=PA628&lpg=PA628&dq=fundamentalism+on+theravada&source=bl&ots=xw6JfSyOVW&sig=kUQuKzfvfOaJDh1jm6rh_kuqJ6s&hl=en&sa=X&ei=eDelUeSRBcPk0QHKsoGwCQ&ved=0CDoQ6AEwAQMay 28, 2013