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A message from Bodhinyana Monastery
« on: July 05, 2014, 06:01:53 pm »
Dear Respected Venerables and Friends,

Warm greetings from Bodhinyana Monastery in Perth.

You may have heard of the recent banning of Ajahn Brahm's paper on gender equality at the recent United Nation Day of Vesak in Vietnam. The paper had been approved by the appointed committee, but was then banned about 36 hours before it was to be presented. The paper was on gender equality in Buddhism, which was directly related to the conference theme of the UN Development Goals.

A petition has recently been started to complain to the organisers about this unreasonable case of censorship.

To sign this petition please go to the following site:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/United_Nations_Day_of_Vesak_UNDV_Present_Ajahn_Brahms_gender_equality_paper_the_2015_UNDV_conference/?mTiLrab

Please pass this message or link on to whoever you think might be interested in signing.

Thank you for support.

Related story:  Paper on gender equality by Ajahn Brahm blocked at UN Day of Vesak in Vietnam
http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=70,11880,0,0,1,0#.U7if000g-Uk

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Re: A message from Bodhinyana Monastery
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2014, 06:08:00 pm »
New Lotus has more on the incident:

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Our reconstruction of events is as follows. Ajahn Brahm’s abstract was accepted on October 7, 2013 by the organizers through a vetting system listed on their website. The draft paper was accepted on November 17, 2013. His final copy was submitted in the middle of January this year. Dr. Dion Peoples, a member of the organizing committee, officially accepted the paper on February 11, 2014. By February 25, Ajahn Brahm had received an official invitation to speak at the conference from Ven. Thich Nhat Tu (Deputy Rector of Vietnam Buddhist University). His registration form to participate in the conference was officially accepted on March 7.

Ajahn Brahm flew to Vietnam overnight on May 7. He was then abruptly informed that his paper was banned by Ven. Thich Nhat Tu and the organizers in the Conference Hall a few minutes before the opening ceremony on May 8, just when the paper was to be delivered the next day. It is strange and unlikely that such a clumsy and abrupt ban was the work of one person. Up until the very last moment on May 8, there was clearly conflict within the International Association of Buddhist Universities.

We do not know who exactly influenced the International Association and lobbied for Ajahn Brahm’s speech to be banned. We reached out to Ven. Thich Nhat Tu, but the organizers were unavailable for comment. So we only have Ajahn Brahm’s word: “I was told by Ven. Thich Nhat Tu that the Vietnamese supported my paper, but the others led by the Thai members on the organizing committee objected. I was told two days later by the Sri Lankan monk, Ven. Dhammaratana, that the Vietnamese objected! The former statement was the most likely.” This indeed seems the most likely explanation, especially given Ajahn Brahm’s rocky history with the Thai lineage of Ajahn Chah. October 2009 was a turning point for his relationship with a section of the Thai sangha after he ordained four women and had to relinquish his membership of the Wat Pa Pong circle of monastaries.

While Ajahn Brahm stressed that it is not helpful to blame individuals, he also made it clear that: “The main point is that it was a United Nations sponsored conference, the theme was the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, the third of which is Gender Equality, and the organizing committee banned any discussion on gender equality in their own backyard, the sangha. That no discussion at all was allowed is the shameful point.”


You can read the rest of the New Lotus commentary here >>> http://newlotus.buddhistdoor.com/en/news/d/40255


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Re: A message from Bodhinyana Monastery
« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2014, 06:09:35 pm »
Buddhist politics? ...

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Re: A message from Bodhinyana Monastery
« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2014, 06:24:32 pm »
Oh, there's certainly politics involved, but the major is issue is the clear bias in the action itself --- as Ajahn Brahm stated: “The main point is that it was a United Nations sponsored conference, the theme was the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, the third of which is Gender Equality, and the organizing committee banned any discussion on gender equality in their own backyard, the sangha. That no discussion at all was allowed is the shameful point.”

The short and sweet answer would be that institutionalized Buddhism in the form of the Sangha has over-stepped its place within the discussion itself --- this kind of behavior shouldn't be accepted under any pretense they can come up with.

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Re: A message from Bodhinyana Monastery
« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2014, 01:08:46 am »
Did ... the Buddha make rules forbidding sex? ..

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Re: A message from Bodhinyana Monastery
« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2014, 01:12:58 am »
Yes, but only for monastics. Why are you asking?

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Re: A message from Bodhinyana Monastery
« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2014, 01:18:53 am »
Because I could not find a partner. (Literally, could not find a partner) ... I'm straight not homosexual.

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Re: A message from Bodhinyana Monastery
« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2014, 01:37:03 am »
Wesley, let's try to stay on topic, okay?

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Re: A message from Bodhinyana Monastery
« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2014, 01:43:35 am »
Damn!  :smack: I'll go away from this website for a while ( About a month ) and come back with info about what kind of practice I have.

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Re: A message from Bodhinyana Monastery
« Reply #9 on: July 06, 2014, 01:45:15 am »
You don't have to go away --- just be mindful of the topic of the thread.

 


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