Taiwan: Buddhism Joining Politics?

I got the news concerning the World Buddhist Forum about 2 days ago.

Words are failing me…

I waited a while, to avoid to write something too… Arrgghh!

Several Taiwanese Buddhist monks are working now with the CCP, with China… mixing their practice with Chinese politics…

And now, according the master of Fo Guang Shan, there are no Taiwanese in Taiwan (even after the recent DNA study?).


Picture from today’s Taipei Times

“We are all Chinese”…

How come he could say that?

How come he could be part of this Chinese political game?

Sure, he is a Master but first at all, a man. A man who came from China.

A man who accepted to participate to a Chinese forum which rejected the coming of the Dalai Lama.

A man who accept the Chinese game, a game from a country which decides by law how Religion is supposed to work…

A man who plays with a country where the masters of temples are named by the Party…

A man who accepted the two-legs forum (China and Taiwan) to let the people feel about unification…

A man who said that in China and Taiwan, all are brothers and sisters.

…With China spying, with China and its missiles on Taiwan…

A man who gave weight to Chinese policies…

I do not understand.

I did not know Buddhism was mixed with politics…

But maybe I am wrong.

Maybe I am wrong since more than 15 years… Since I became Buddhist, studying Tibetan and Chan Schools.

But no all Buddhist are playing this game.

But no all Taiwanese Masters are playing the China’s game.

But as I suppose, many like me, do not mix up Buddhism and politics.

If some want to play like that, that will be their business…

Still, I feel very shocked.

As I wrote above, words are failing me…





8 Responses

  1. it’s called “freedom of speech”, darling
    everyone has the right to say whatever s/he feels like to say, even for a monk, a man, Mr. Kuo…
    China is a very different country with very different way of thinking
    presumably, monks in China do get involved with politics…
    what you learned here in Taiwan doesn’t work in China obviously

  2. Jo,
    I learned in Tibetan temples too…
    And “his” views are fortunately not shared by all Buddhist monks… 🙂
    But yes, “his” views are protected by the Freedom of Speech.
    Freedom he could enjoy in Taiwan…
    Freedom we have to protect, even if we disagree with some opinions.
    That is an important ingredient of Democracy.

  3. “That is an important ingredient of Democracy”
    unfortunately, a lot of people here enjoy it but don’t get the idea
    for them, freedom of speech is say whatever is favourable for them
    anything against them is WRONG
    and if you learned in Tibetan temples, you should know the relation between religion and politics in Tibet, shouldn’t you

  4. Jo, my Tibetan masters never mentioned about politics during their teachings. Never did I.
    It was only a long time after, I learned about what’s happened to them… When confidence and trust were shared…
    Anyway, it is not the point 🙂
    But even if I think people are wrong, I will always fight for their freedom of speech.
    Even if I disagree with them… unless as Kuo, their messages are about hatred…
    But Jo, yes, a lot of people love to say some stuff, without knowing what are they enjoying…
    But as you wrote a while ago, they still decide to stay in a free country.
    My history is from a region of Europe without freedom, just not a so long time ago. So I have some ideas about what I am talking about, as Taiwanese who suffered a while ago do.
    Still, freedom of speech is essential… if elections are still allowed, of course…
    For how long? That is the one cent question…

  5. and taiwan’s history is even complicated and with complexity
    sometimes, i think taiwanese are just too soft to stand out for themselves
    or is it the softness?
    i don’t know (i am too tough, that i know of :-P)
    so how long and how much they will take all the s**t?
    maybe you wanna ask the minister of economic affairs
    he is GOOD at numbers

  6. and don’t get me wrong
    i have absolutely no problem with the Tibetans
    i met quite a few of them in Yunnan
    great people if you ask me
    when i mentioned the relation between the religion and politics, i meant to say the religious leader was meant to be the political leader, which is the cause of all the problems with Dalai Lama nowadays

  7. Hey. Do you understand the word “Chinese”? It is a race. It is not wrong for Master Hsing Yun to say “we are all chinese”. Please don’t read so much into other’s words. The world would be more peaceful if we stop doing such discriminations. You kept saying your Tibetan Masters never mentioned politics during their teachings. How can you assume others then?

  8. @ Chinese
    Thank you for your comment.
    Yes, I do understand the word “Chinese”…
    And as far as I understood, Master Hsing Yun had clearly made political comments in favor of China and against Taiwan.
    That is a fact.
    Anyway, freedom of speech must be protected.
    It is protected in Taiwan.
    And in China?

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