[Buddha-l] An "eastern" unquiet example

Margaret Gouin gouin.me at gmail.com
Wed Dec 7 00:30:41 MST 2011

According to the Archives, it appeared on the list on Nov. 10:
*Thu Nov 10 14:58:09 MST 2011
*under the heading 'An "eastern" unquiet example'
and is exactly what Chris posted, no more, no less.

On 6 December 2011 18:51, Jo <jkirk at spro.net> wrote:

> Meanwhile, as I await evidence that I posted the below citation on
> Buddha-L,
> I'd like to respond to Chris's remark about possible Muslim or Christian
> origins of Hindu intolerance, as follows:
> History shows that denizens of India before the arrival of the Muslims and
> Christians nevertheless were intolerant of difference of various sorts:
> caste differences, sect differences, imperial ruler differences.  There are
> signs of this in the Pali texts when competing sectarians came to argue
> with
> the Buddha; if they did not convert, they went away mad. (Of course, in
> those days there was no such thing as what we call Hinduism, today. But
> there was plenty of non-benign sectarianism going on.)
> Since then, with more documentation, there is zero evidence that Hindus
> were
> ever consistently 'tolerant'. See the Manushashtras, for a start.  It just
> depended on which side bread was buttered in any given case, or on how much
> power the intolerants possessed to wreak their intolerance on others.
> Best,
> Joanna
> On 11 November 2011 03:58, Jo <jkirk at spro.net> wrote:
> > http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/MK10Df01.html
> >
> > ..The rich diversity in the various tellings of the Ramayana that
> > Ramanujan wrote about raised the hackles of the Hindu right in 2008,
> > when activists of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the
> > student wing of the Sangh Parivar (a family of Hindu right-wing
> > organizations) vandalized Delhi University's history department to
> > protest against the teaching of this essay, describing it as a
> > "blasphemous" essay that was "malicious, capricious, fallacious and
> offensive to the beliefs of millions of Hindus".
> I sometimes wonder how much of the intolerance of these contemporary Hindu
> groups is due to India's long exposure to intolerant Muslim and Christian
> regimes - from whom they seem to have to have learned a lot.
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Margaret Gouin
Author, Tibetan Rituals of Death : Buddhist funerary

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