On The Steep Steps Of Enlightenment?

Our main reason for coming west to Java from Bali was my long standing wish to visit Borobudur, Buddhism’s largest temple. My fascination with the world’s religious structures is in stark contrast and at surprising odds with my atheism, and though I don’t adhere or subscribe to any of these institution’s beliefs, traditions and fairytales,…

Shamed By A Burning Monk

On June 11th 1963, Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc killed himself on a road in Saigon. Why? To protest the persecution of the Buddhists by the South Vietnamese Diệm government. How? He burned himself…to death. Duc self immolated for religious equality. Hundreds, even thousands of people have done the same thing, for religious or political beliefs, and for…