Buddhist Terrorism Essay

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There is a long history of Buddhist terrorism that has been going on for a very long time. Most of the violence that comes from Buddhist terrorism is located in the country Burma. There are also cases of Buddhist terrorism in Thailand and other countries in Asia but we will focus on the violence that goes on in Burma. The violence that Buddhists monks express is towards Muslims. In Burma, Buddhists participate in anti-Muslim activities and they end up being violent. First lets focus on what the Buddhist have against the Muslims. The terror attacks are motivated by Buddhist monks because of the 969 Movement. In Burma, numbers really matter and two numbers that really matter are 969 and 786. 969 is a Buddhist sign, the first nine stands for the nine special attributes of the Lord Buddha. The six is for the six special attributes of his dharma. The last nine represents the nine special attributes of Buddhist Sangha. That is what the Buddhist sign means. Although the Burmese monk Ashin Wirathu (known just as Wirathu) has become “the face of Buddhist terror,” as Time magazine recently put it, the writings in the 1990s of another Burmese monk, Kyaw Lwin, were instrumental in creating the ideological basis for today’s 969 movement. The main message of 969 was (and is) Burma for Buddhists, particularly for Buddhists who are Bamar rather than members of other ethnic groups. 1 The 969 movements purpose is to simply be anti-Muslim. Ashin Wirathu is a monk who really led the movements and was always behind them. He gave out speeches stating that Muslims are the “enemy.” He recently was released from prison in 2010 and continues to be behind his beliefs. He is a spiritual leader of the anti-Muslim movement in Burma and people listen to him. In July a bomb exploded near where he was speaking, viewed by some as a possible assassination attempt, and this month hundreds of
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