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Sister Chan Khong’s Statement on Myanmar December 2017

Sister Chan Khong, the eldest monastic disciple of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, and Thay’s long-time collaborator, has written an open letter to Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar, to give the latest comments on the situation in Myanmar.

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  • Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar is probably more frustrated and ashamed of her army than any of us on-lookers who don’t know the history or details.

    perhaps she can make changes to the national government gradually if she is able to work at her own pace without the international hecklers blaming her for the problems that were begun when the British were effectively ruling the place.

    What can we do or say to help her? that is what we should be asking, not blaming her for the problem.

    • Sister Chan repeated over and over in her letter that she was NOT judging or condemning Aung San Suu Kyi. Did you not read the letter carefully? Please take the message to heart…perhaps your perceptions are not accurate.

  • One a wonderful thing it would be if humanity embraced our differences and the unity of us all. So honoured that we have such beautiful human beings promoting such love and compassion!

  • As with all deeply spiritual beings, one simply cannot remain silent. Witness Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King, Jr and Mahatma Gandhi. My deepest bows to Sister Chan Khong
    for her bold and compassionate words.

  • If you read the letter carefully, you will see that Sister Chan said over and over “I wish to condemn no one” and ” I do not seek to judge or condemn you” . Perhaps you are not perceiving things correctly. Where do you see her “blaming” anyone?

    From the 10th Mindfulness Training: “…as members of a spiritual community, we should take a clear stand against oppression and injustice. We should strive to change the situation, without taking sides in a conflict. We are committed to looking with the eyes of interbeing and learning to see ourselves and others as cells in one Sangha body.”

    So we must as responsible members of our sangha point out the injustices in the world as mindfully as possible. Sister Chan is certainly doing that. That is what she is asking, doing and saying to help Aung San Suu Kyi.

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    What is Mindfulness

    Thich Nhat Hanh January 15, 2020

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