News agencies are reporting that there is a UNESCO-funded effort to gather up and sort the fragments of the Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan. This is an important precursor to rebuilding the statues.
I was about as disgusted and furious as I get when the Taliban mortared the 1500-year old monuments in March 2001. Of course, this shows that I'm not really a Buddhist, but a Buddhist sympathizer. A true Buddhist wouldn't really be all that hurt by the Taliban's actions. I just can't detach myself from the concepts of permanence and desire.
Zen Master Lin Chi said "If you meet the Buddha (on the Path), kill the Buddha!"
Sorry, your holiness, but fuck that.
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