Bat Nha Monastery (again)

Early this morning, from a variety of places, I found out about Bat Nha Monastery in Vietnam which is, at present, the subject of some sort of oppression from either the government or local population or both. What’s happening on the ground, in Vietnam, is obviously a little outside my area of expertise, I will freely admit. Regardless of what I know, don’t know, or think I know about Vietnamese Buddhism or the various organizations under Thich Nhat Hanh’s umbrella, it seems pretty clear to me that monks and nuns being forced from their monastery is an event that should give us pause, that we should take notice.

I decided to write something, very briefly, as a way of alerting people to what’s happening in the hopes that they would take the ball and run with it however the chose, whatever their prerogative. I wasn’t planning on taking a particularly strong stand, one way or the other, because, like I said, this isn’t my area of expertise. But, then again, knowledge is power.

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This is what I get when I post first thing in the morning before checking the Interwebs. Whereas that silly little comic may be noteworthy, it’s pretty clear the big story on the Buddhist web today is Vietnam.

This is a breaking story, but it seems to be a long-time coming. From what I can tell (and forgive me if I’ve gotten facts wrong), the government was prepared to evict monks and nuns from Bat Nha Monastery (Prajna Monastery) on September 2. That deadline passed but over the past twenty-four hours, a mob has descended on the monastery and has used violent force to evict its resident monks and nuns.

Arun has posted a series of videos on his Angry Asian Buddhist blog. Help spread the word.