Category: United States

Killing in the Name Of … Buddhist Violence -…

Killing in the Name Of … Buddhist Violence – 10 Misconceptions About Buddhism:

One sometimes hears people say, “A war has never been fought in the name of Buddhism.” Exactly what “in the name of Buddhism” means is debatable. Not debatable is that Buddhists over the centuries have engaged in violent acts, including warfare, and have also condoned such acts.

In the 20th century, Tibetan monks took up arms and fought bravely against the Chinese troops of the People’s Liberation Army. Earlier in the century, they had fought against British invaders; troops of the Younghusband expedition took protective amulets, pierced by bullets, off the bodies of the Tibetan dead…

As George Takei explains in this video, the mo…

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As George Takei explains in this video, the most decorated military unit in American history was made up of volunteers from Japanese internment camps during World War II, who wanted to prove their love and loyalty for their country. This is the history which truly makes America great. 

World Happiness Report – Wikipedia

World Happiness Report – Wikipedia:

The United States ranks 18th according to the World Happiness Report, while the UK ranks 19th, France ranks 23rd, Italy ranks 47th, and Japan ranks 54th.

In ranking national happiness and well-being, it might be fair to compare the United States to countries of similar size, rather than to small Nordic countries.

I’m thankful the United States made the top twenty for national happiness, especially at a time when our government seems headed in the wrong direction.

The United States has more Buddhists than any nation outside Asia. This is especially due to America’s immigrant heritage and tradition of religious freedom. 

Patriotism in Buddhism

It seems the United States is headed in the wrong direction, and yet I feel such gratitude for my country.

There are more Buddhists in America than any country outside Asia, especially due to our immigrant heritage.

America was the first nation on earth founded on the ideals of freedom and democracy, and our history has been a constant struggle toward fulfilling these ideals.

It’s also worth mentioning the bottom 5% of Americans enjoy a higher living standard than 68% of the world:
https://econfix.wordpress.com/2011/02/02/world-income-inequality-chart/

Does Buddhism have any teachings related to patriotism?

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Buddhism & The Meaning of America

The United States has more Buddhists than any country outside Asia. This is not a perversion of America, but instead an expression of our immigrant heritage: 

The meaning of America
Robert Reich: What does “America” mean, anyways?

When Trump and his followers refer to “America,” what do they mean?

Some see a country of white English-speaking Christians.

Others want a land inhabited by self-seeking individuals free to accumulate as much money and power as possible, who pay taxes only to protect their assets from criminals and foreign aggressors.

Others think mainly about flags, national anthems, pledges of allegiance, military parades, and secure borders.

Trump encourages a combination of all three — tribalism, libertarianism, and loyalty.

But the core of our national identity has not been any of this. It has been found in the ideals we share – political equality, equal opportunity, freedom of speech and of the press, a dedication to open inquiry and truth, and to democracy and the rule of law.

We are not a race. We are not a creed. We are a conviction — that all people are created equal, that people should be judged by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin, and that government should be of the people, by the people, and for the people.

Political scientist Carl Friedrich, comparing Americans to Gallic people, noted that “to be an American is an ideal, while to be a Frenchman is a fact.”

That idealism led Lincoln to proclaim that America might yet be the “last best hope” for humankind. It prompted Emma Lazarus, some two decades later, to welcome to American the world’s “tired, your poor/ Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”

It inspired the poems of Walt Whitman and Langston Hughes, and the songs of Woody Guthrie. All turned their love for America into demands that we live up to our ideals. “This land is your land, this land is my land,” sang Guthrie. “Let America be America again,” pleaded Hughes: “The land that never has been yet — /And yet must be — the land where every man is free. / The land that’s mind — the poor man’s, Indian’s, Negro’s, ME — .” …

If we’re losing our national identity it’s not because we now come in more colors, practice more religions, and speak more languages than we once did.

It is because we are forgetting the real meaning of America — the ideals on which our nation was built. We are losing our sense of the common good.
https://www.salon.com/2018/02/23/the-meaning-of-america_partner/ 

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The problem is instead people losing a connect…

In this video, Shodo Harada Roshi explains that there is a crisis in the West, as fewer and fewer people have a sincere faith in God. He says this not to encourage theistic belief. 

The problem is instead people losing a connection to something beyond the ego, and having nothing to replace it with. He came to America to help this spiritual crisis.

Japanese American service in World War II – Wi…

Japanese American service in World War II – Wikipedia:

During the early years of World War II, Japanese Americans were forcibly relocated from their homes in the Pacific Coast states because military leaders and public opinion combined to fan unproven fears of sabotage…

The 442nd Infantry Regiment became the most decorated unit in U.S. military history.[2]Other Japanese American units also included the 100th Infantry Battalion, Varsity Victory Volunteers, and the Military Intelligence Service

The 522nd had the distinction of liberating survivors of the Dachau concentration camp system, from the Nazis on April 29, 1945.[4]

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There are more Buddhists in the United States …

There are more Buddhists in the United States than any country outside Asia. This is largely because America is a nation of immigrants, something which should be remembered and celebrated, especially today. 

Tzu Chi Foundation To Provide Hurricane Harvey Disaster Aid In Texas

Tzu Chi Foundation To Provide Hurricane Harvey Disaster Aid In Texas:

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Tzu Chi Foundation is the largest Buddhist charity in the world, and was the only charity besides The Salvation Army and The Red Cross allowed access to Ground Zero after 9/11. Its founder, Cheng Yen, was also nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

America has never been a country of white people

America has never been a country of white people:

When the Pilgrims landed in 1620, of course Native Americans were already here. But Africans, too, were already here, having arrived in Florida in 1528 and Virginia in 1619. Latinos, too, were long present in what would become California and the American Southwest. Asians began coming to the west coast generations before the Pilgrims. Our state, South Carolina, the vanguard of the Confederacy, was majority black in 1860 when it seceded.

The narrative that America is a white country wants to pretend that non-white people were not here, that their contributions were not essential to the building of America. But the truth is that America was built into the wealthiest, most powerful nation through the efforts of all who were here. But more importantly, America was built into its unique promise – liberty and justice FOR ALL – through the struggles of all to achieve that promise.

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