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Thread #77363   Message #1382512
Posted By: CarolC
19-Jan-05 - 03:35 PM
Thread Name: BS: Irony of Tsunami Relief
Subject: RE: BS: Irony of Tsunami Relief
More stereotypes I suppose, McGrath. They (stereotypes) are like a kudzu vine. They grow up all around the real thing (tree, house, whatever), strangling it and eventually obscuring it entirely until ultimately, all you see is a lot of kudzu vine in the shape of a tree or a house or whatever. It's the same with stereotypes. No resemblance to the real thing other than a few superficial attributes.

"Why is it that you don't often hear of charitable work being done by Buddhists?
    Perhaps it is because Buddhists don't feel the need to boast about the good they do. Several years ago the Japanese Buddhist leader Nikkho Nirwano received the Templeton Prize for his work in promoting inter-religious harmony. Likewise a Thai Buddhist monk was recently awarded the prestigious Magsaysay Prize for his excellent work among drug addicts. In 1987 another Thai monk, Ven.Kantayapiwat was awarded the Norwegian Children's Peace Prize for his many years work helping homeless children in rural areas. And what about the large scale social work being done among the poor in India by the Western Buddhist Order? They have built schools, child minding-centres, dispensaries and small scale industries for self-sufficiency. Buddhist see help given to others as an expression of their religious practice just as other religions do but they believe that it should be done quietly and without self-promotion. Thus you don't hear so much about their charitable work."