Monks are on the march in Burma. Should Buddhists engage in protests? Is it in keeping with our Precepts?
In fact, should we hold political views at all, knowing that all such views, and human opinions, are ultimately illusion? And if so, which political views are Buddhist 'Right' views? Can we hold views and drop views too?
Civil disobedience will be conducted with a spiritual posture of respectfulness, in line with the Fellowship of Reconciliation Pledge of Resistance. All who commit civil disobedience agree to the following guidelines:
1. Our attitude will be one of openness and respect toward all we encounter in our actions. 2. We will use no violence, verbal or physical, toward any person. 3. We will not destroy or damage any property. 4. We will carry no weapons. 5. We will not bring any drugs or alcohol, other than for medicinal purposes. 6. We will not run or resist arrest; we will remain accountable for our actions as a means of furthering our witness to the injustice in question.
The upside down bowl, a refusal to accept Alms, is a sign of resistance
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