‘I Am Not a Bad Monk’
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‘I Am Not a Bad Monk’


By THE IRRAWADDY Thursday, December 22, 2011


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Q: What would you like to say as the NLD is preparing to collect signatures, including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, in support of you to be delivered to the Maha Nayaka Sangha Council?

A: They are my followers. Monk receives donations from anyone. When army officers come and donate to my monastery, I extend my hospitality, and I do the same with the people from the opposition. Monks always stays neutral. We don't discriminate between soldiers or civilians. It is very simple, but I am sorry for those people who are trying to stir up the situation. I don't feel upset or frightened, but I take it as a punishment of life’s struggle.

Q: You recently met with the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Do you think that meeting is relevant to the current developments? 

A: I had known one week before the letter from the Sangha Council was officially sent to me. I met Hillary Clinton on Dec. 2 and received this news on Dec. 4.

Q: What is your message to the Burmese people and the international community?

A: I want to say that all I am doing, including this, is for peace. I have been a leading monk in restoring peace. I have officially said that I will keep working for peace no matter other monks do or don't do. If you feel comfortable knowing that people are suffering in armed conflicts in the ethnic areas, you are unpatriotic to your country and your people. I am patriotic. I care for the interests of the country. If you really care for your country's interests, you shouldn't think that these ongoing conflicts aren't relevant to you. I am a peace advocate and have no violence in my mind at all.  

I have many future activities that I intend to do. I see myself as if a tumbling doll, which can stand still at any position, or a fire balloon which you have to fill with smoke to go up. 



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Free Man Wrote:
26/12/2011
I don't think Buddha would say that when you see something wrong and/or unjust, stand by idly. Everyone has the right to point out peacefully what is not right and/or just. Pointing out something wrong and/or unjust in no way can be equated with harming someone who harms someone else. Pointing out something wrong and/or unjust doesn't not necessarily mean that you dislike a particular person either. Even if someone wants to call it harming any living creature, I think it is a good harming because it alleviates the sufferings of the helpless others, and put back the one who harms other in the first place to his/he rightful place. Then everyone will be free and equal.

Terry Evans Wrote:
26/12/2011
This is a fight between dhamma and ah-dhamma (between justice and injustice). A kingdom founded on injustice never lasts, so it is not a case of if the junta will fall - just when.

bwanyunt Wrote:
24/12/2011
Monk or even grown up man must know how to get respected from all kind of people, stayed harmless and harmonised with both sides of the world < either government or opposition>. They should know their position & live carefully in order to avoid regrettable effect to themselves by involving too much in civilian affairs. If any thing happens, they shall be blamed for themselves. There are many good monks who are doing well Dhamma as well as Public's interest. They are so smart < according to Buddha's advice> that they survive in the hands of many governments/ change in power. The most important thing is that Monk shall not hurt anyone < people that Monk like or dislike, must have a selflessness> and then achieve his intended goals. Otherwise he still need to learn to be a good Monk. I believe that If you're in the Governing Body of Monks, you'll definitely take action for those Monks who do not know their positions & purpose. Cheers!

Free Man Wrote:
24/12/2011
Venus wrote: " Many famous sayadaws whose preaching differ from the original Buddha's teaching are all summoned."

I am rather confused by the reasoning behind this statement. Watch the following link from 07:50 to 08:15 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ypFmNfPLng&feature=related

We will clearly see what Buddha would think of today's "Buddhism". Actually, today's Buddhism should be called idol-dhism (a mixture of Buddha's teachings and idolatry. Anyway, the reasoning is simply NOT logical.

Kachin Highlander Wrote:
24/12/2011
Though I am ethnic Kachin and a Christian, I sense that this monk is much more honest and righteous than many other hypocrites.

Free Man Wrote:
23/12/2011
I think this Pone Pone is honest, sincere, straightforward, determined, courageous, responsible and empathetic monk.

Venus Wrote:
23/12/2011
Feb.11, 2012 is approaching soon in one and a half month. Banning Dhamma Talk is not just him for maintaining the clean Tipitaka in Theravada. Many famous sayadaws whose preaching differ from the original Buddha's teaching are all summoned. I believe that the case of banning talk and the case of December 4 must not be the same issue.

Mr. Right Wrote:
23/12/2011
I like this monk, the way he talk and U Thu Min Ga Lar also.

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