The Vietnamese authorities have been threatening Thich Nhat Hanh’s monastics in Vietnam for months now and they have finally acted out on their threat.
According to the the release from Associated Press:
Followers of a world-famous Buddhist teacher say Vietnamese police and an angry mob have forced 150 monks from a monastery in Vietnam’s Central Highlands that has been the center of a monthslong standoff.
The Buddhists say an angry mob descended on the site Sunday morning, smashing windows and knocking down doors in an effort to evict followers of Thich Nhat Hanh, an exiled Vietnam-born monk who has sold more than 1 million books in the West and now lives in southern France.
About 230 nuns remained hunkered down inside a dormitory and a courtyard at the Bat Nha monastery in Lam Dong province on Sunday night, said Brother Trung Hai, a close associate of Nhat Hanh’s, speaking from the Zen Master’s Plum Village monastery in France.
There is legitimate speculation that this move by the Vietnames government was in fact motivated by a desire to placate the Chinese government over a Chinese company’s interest in a bauxite mine nearby.
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