Thay and Thurman on Burma

Thich Nhat Hahn speaks on the Burma uprising (and also the war in Iraq) in this Time Video

Listen to the interview by Michael Enright (14MB in mp3 format) on the October 7th edition of the CBC radio show The Sunday Edition, with his guests Professor Robert Thurman and Sister Elaine MacInnes.

I believe there is a minor error in that interview, where Professor Thurman asserts that Burmese monks are monks for life. I believe this is not true. My understanding is that monastic vows in Theravada countries are often taken for short periods of time.

Total Denial

The Business section of the Globe on Oct. 6th also reports on the unwillingness of multinationals to cease operations in Burma.

There is a documentary film called “Total Denial” about the successful legal battle in US courts that some Burmese residents in the jungle undertook against the oil multi-nationals Total and Unocal. It won the 2006 Vaclav Havel Special Award For Human Rights

On October 6th, the Globe and Mail’s Geoffrey York discusses the tacit support for the Burmese military regime by neighbouring Thailand, China and India.

First Reports from Burma

The Globe and Mail had a front page article on Oct. 2nd entitled Where are Myanmar’s monks? which documents the recent disappearances of monks.

On October 1st, the BBC gave a first hand account of the goings on in Burmese monasteries which explains the dynamics of protest within the monastic community.

Also on October 1st, an opinion piece in the Guardian recounts the history of monastic involvement in politics in south-east Asia.

The origins of the brutal crackdown on the monastic Sangha by the Burmese military regime is well explained by this New York Times article from September 30th.