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The plight of Buddhism in the birth place of Lord Buddha

December 12, 2009

Issued by Nepal Buddhist Federation in 'Rajdhani' Nepali newspaper
published from Katmandu
Wednesday, 9 December, 2009. (English translation)

Just as Tibetan Buddhist never questioned the nationality of Guru Padma
Sambhava or Atisha Dipankar and Nepali ?Hindus will not question the
nationality of Shankrachayras and Christians will not question the
nationality of Pope, question does not arise for Nepali Buddhists to
raise the issue of our ?masters? nationalities or race. This is a
universal tradition of our belief system

Nepal is known to the world as the birth place of Gautama Buddha, yet
over the past 240 years it has done very little for its development,
preservation and promotion. One of the main reasons seemed to be because
of shortsighted policy of the political system prevailing then. Buddhism
in general has been suppressed then and now again ?there is a visible
pre-planned conspiracy to wipe out Mahayana Buddhism, which fast gaining
global importance. ?Even after two years of declaration of Nepal as a
Secular Democratic Republic, the state failed to give the common
Buddhist the feeling of the changed circumstance. The non-violent
concept of Buddhism has today become the medium for promotion of global
peace and conflict resolution.? We Nepali Buddhists are always committed
for building peace and constructive development of our society.
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But during the past few months, on one hand, there seems to be a growing
negative media campaign against monastery institutions established in
the land of Buddha's birth and on the other hand state police has been
unnecessarily harassing our monks and nuns. Some people who are totally
alien to Buddhism give baseless and doubtful statements against our
monasteries. Based on such accusations, the National Intelligence
Department prepares false and baseless reports and submits to the Home
Ministry and some irresponsible Nepali Medias also publishes the same
which are totally condemnable.
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Buddhists Monasteries have now been notified in three categories by the
Government as ' Most sensitive',? ' less sensitive' and ' under strict
observation'??? by fabricating false and imaginary accusations such as
storing weapons and organizing so called ' Free Tibet movement'.?
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In short, as political situation changes in Nepal, so have the tactics
to suppress Buddhism changed. The basic attitude of the state towards
Buddhists has not changed at all. ?Even attempts are been made to
restrict the movements of our monks and nuns in the traditional Buddhist
dress. In this connection we have highlighted through press statements
and appeals to stop the pre planned conspiracy to link with the 'Tibet
movement' and wipe out Buddhism.
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Buddhist attitude towards violence
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The spirit of nonviolence permeates Buddhism. The first precept, not to
kill, is the foundation for all Buddhist action. This idea is expanded
in the notion of non-harming (ahimsa):
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The Buddha was quite clear in his renunciation of violence: "Victory
creates hatred. Defeat creates suffering. The wise ones desire neither
victory nor defeat... Anger creates anger... He who kills will be
killed. He who wins will be defeated... Revenge can only be overcome by
abandoning revenge... The wise seek neither victory nor defeat.
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The Buddhist clergy, known as the Sangha, are governed and bound by
various vinaya rules.
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Arms in the monastery
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To begin with, the very assumption itself, saying that sacred places
like the monastery, are stocking arms is just ridiculous. We have time
and again challenged those who accuse us to come forward and prove this
case. If they have found such illegal activity why have they not
arrested those involved? Instead, some in the media have chosen to weave
these harmful unfounded stories as a means to mislead the general public
and please certain interested groups, which is beyond all human ethics.
Unfortunately some sections of the Government also tend to believe these
contrived stories and act on them by declaring most of the well-known
holy monasteries as security risks without holding talks or having had
any discussion with the representatives of the monasteries.
Since the accusation of monasteries stocking arms is condemnable and
grave, we feel that a fact finding committee should be constituted as
soon as possible, under the supervision of Human rights Commission.

Relation to masters

In Nepal thousands of monasteries are following the Tibetan form of
Mahayana Buddhism from ancient times and this tradition is continued
even today. The Indian saint Guru Padma Sambhava, the founder of Tibetan
Buddhism, impressed in his teachings on the importance of seeking refuge
in a root Guru or Lama as the most important step when entering the
Sangha community. From the 8th century Nepali Buddhists used to go to
Tibet to study at the various monasteries with their masters, up until
1950. After that Tibetan masters rebuilt the monasteries in various
parts of India, Nepal and Bhutan, ?and the traditional affiliation
continued. Religion has no political borders and the Sangha community
has no races. They treat each other as spiritual brothers and sisters.?
Thousands of Nepali monks and nuns continue to receive teachings from
their Tibetan teachers even today. Spiritual masters transcend
geographical barriers and political considerations. Just as Tibetan
Buddhist disciples never questioned the nationality of Guru Padma
Sambhava or Atisha Dipankar and Nepali Hindus will not question the
nationality of Shankrachayras and Christians will not question the
nationality of Pope, question does not arise for Nepali Buddhists to
raise the issue of our masters? nationalities or race. This is a
universal tradition of our belief system
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Since propagating such baseless stories are bound to create communal
disharmony within our society, we appeal the Nepali media world to be
fair and write based on facts and request to live and ?let us live.
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