Subject: [CASonline] The Dharma Darkens in Burma --

Dearest Friends @ CAS,
It is a tragedy yet again to witness political-power lust overwhelming conscience, rationality, justice and spirituality in a land so steeped supposedly in lord buddha's teachings.
remembering the Dharma as The spinal core of CAS, how could the beings ( @ CAS ) not appeal to our friends to pray for light and goodness to prevail in the face of such grotesque montrosity ??!!
where there is muted silence from fear or ignorance, may we learn to stand strong and speak the truth out of compassion and fearlessness for the good of all --  
Keeping in mind EVERY protagonist in the tragedy ...... 
CAS of Thousand-Arm Chenrezig 
His Holiness supports call for democracy in Burma
Monday, 24 September 2007
Dharamshala: His Holiness the Dalai Lama conveys his sincere
appreciation and admiration to the large number of fellow Buddhists
monks for advocating democracy and freedom in Burma.
In his message on 23 September, His Holiness said, "I extend my support
and solidarity with the recent peaceful movement for democracy in Burma."
"I fully support their call for freedom and democracy and take this
opportunity to appeal to freedom-loving people all over the world to
support such non-violent movements," His Holiness added.
His Holiness further said, "As a Buddist monk, I am appealing to the
members of the military regime who believe in Buddhism to act in
accordance with the sacred dharma in the spirit of compassion and
"I pray for the success of this peaceful movement and the early release
of fellow Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi." His Holiness further
Video of Murder in Myanmar
Burma's saffron courage
Sep 28, 2007 04:30 AM
Toronto - Canada 

The blood of Buddhist monks beaten by soldiers ran red yesterday at the Ngwe Kyar Yan monastery in Yangon, Burma's capital. Troops mowed down protesters in the city core, killing several on the spot.

Yet amid the chaos and the carnage, an old man dared to face down the army, shouting: "You eat food given to you by the people. Yet you kill people and you kill the monks." He spoke for a nation.

Many of Burma's 50 million desperately poor people feel they have little left to lose, after an era of military rule that dates back to 1962.

Gen. Than Shwe's incompetent junta triggered the "saffron revolution" the army is now trying to crush, by raising prices last month on diesel fuel, natural gas, chicken, eggs and cooking oil. People who earn less than $1 a day were driven to desperation in a country flush with oil, gas, minerals and timber.

And Burma's revered Buddhist monks are keenly aware of the grassroots suffering. Saffron- and red-robed monks have been leading crowds of up to 100,000 people in the largest protests since 1988.

What do people want? Freedom for Burma's democratic icon Aung San Suu Kyi, who won a 1990 election only to be shunted aside and held in house arrest. They also want democracy.

Burma's democrats can expect little support. The United Nations Security Council has feebly urged "restraint." The United States has stiffened sanctions. Canada, which shuns the junta, has denounced the army's violence. But countries with real sway over Burma's junta - China, India and Russia - are doing a cynical business as usual.

After blocking U.S. and European efforts to have the Security Council condemn and sanction the junta, China and Russia are urging "restraint." India wants "reconciliation." All do a brisk trade with Burma.

But ultimately, the Burmese people, armed only with begging bowls and raw courage, will prevail over this darkness and these crimes. Their defiance of the junta shames the craven democrats of India and Russia. And it no doubt gives China's unelected masters nightmares.