The Burning Monk

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Yesterday when I was talking with my friend Jen(Hi Jen) about zen(that rhymes), the image of the monk who set fire to himself came into my mind. I couldn’t remember his name back then but a quick google search later I found out that the monk was Thích Quảng Đức. Now that is an honorary title. He was born as Lâm Văn Túc on 1897 in French Indochina.

Thích Quảng Đức

52 years ago on 11th June 1963, he calmly sat down in the middle of a street in South Vietnam, in front of the Cambodian Embassy. A fellow monk poured gasoline over him, and a few moments later he set himself on fire. He was protesting the religious discrimination against Buddhists by the Ngô Đình Diệm regime. This was not the first time a Buddhist monk self-immolated, but his protest was covered by Malcolm Browne, an Associated…

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2 thoughts on “The Burning Monk

  1. Reminds me of the self-immolation witnessed by General Colin Powell when stationed in Vietnam, if I recall his autobiography correctly.
    Attention-getting, yes, but those men are no longer with us to continue making contributions to society in the real world, unfortunately.
    Is it not better to live and continue to “non-cooperate” with oppressors rather than sacrificing oneself possibly in vain?
    3 Nov. 12015 HE

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