Most Recent Buddhist Self-Immolation: A Mother of Four

Undated photo of Kal Kyi   Thirty-three year-old Kalkyi

 

 

 

 

     Most of us, if we have any recall of horrific Buddhist self-immolation, associate that so-final, next-to-hopeless protest against abiding social injustice with South Vietnamese monks. In the 1960s, this exquisitely painful act of defiance was directed at us, a flame-and-flesh wrapped message to us, the invaders. Now, in Tibet, the pace of self-immolation-as-protest has quickened, 120 or so over the past half-decade, directed against a six-decades old invader, China.

 

 

     Kalkyi was among 110 Tibetans who have died at their own hands through self-immolation in the past few years protesting Peking's autocratic rule of Tibet and its lead-footed  --  the Chinese call it 'oversight'  --  suppression of Buddhist religious activity. While it's clear-as-a-bell that any enormous global power  --  and the People's Republic is that  -- believing it must monitor-to-extinction people as peaceful and insular as Tibet's Buddhists is, at its core, insecure, the real horror here is that this goes on with only sporadic, passive notice in the world press and in other powerful international capitals.

 

     What do Buddhists want? Only that China leave Tibet sixty years after its invasion....Tibet:  hardly a strategic outpost for the People's Liberation Army  --  and that the Dalai Lama return to his homeland.

 

 

      

 

            June, 1963, South Vietnam

 

    

 

 

 

    

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Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on March 26, 2013 at 8:02am

rosi   a very good question

Comment by nerd cred on March 26, 2013 at 8:30am

That's the thing I can't get past - 4 kids under 15. The effects for the children of her protest may be as profound as those of the Chinese policies.

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on March 26, 2013 at 8:34am

cred  i understand

Comment by Arthur James on March 26, 2013 at 9:20am

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Thanks. But, it's Sad to relive this Memory.

Thick Nhat Hanh knew this gentle Monk.

I recall a Pentagon Immolation Later.

A Quaker set his self ablaze there.

The American had a two-year old?

I believe he had one daughter.

These Protest are sad memories.

It's best to postpone judgement.

`

Cato and many others killed self.

Some Greeks carried poison vials.

I'd miss the beautiful pure snow.

This morn the birds singsongs.

Birds can be death omens?

I am no get superstitious.

Life get so very cuckoo. 

Comment by Arthur James on March 26, 2013 at 9:24am

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Oops. Typo.

Not Thick.

But, Thich.

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The Zen Name `Daigu means ` Great Fool.

Monk (no relation) chose Sanskrit Name:

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Great Fool

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The Great Fool?

He fond of brew.

He insulted folk.

He had no friend.

I just recalled that.

Maybe He Cared Much.

Sad Great Inner Pains.

Folk Die From Sorrow.

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on March 26, 2013 at 9:26am

:)  ty art!

Comment by JMac1949 Today on March 26, 2013 at 10:08am

The monks in Saigon weren't the only people who sacrificed themselves in protest in the sixties.  In 1965, Americans Roger LaPorte (at the UN) and Norman Morrison (at the Pentagon) self immolated to try to stop the war.  Morrison, a Quaker, left behind his wife and three children.  I'm not sure how anyone could make the decision to sacrifice themselves in flames, but no onecould ever doubt the courage of the act:

http://theviewfromthisseat.blogspot.com/2011/11/fiery-and-futile-pr...

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on March 26, 2013 at 10:19am

jmac   really quite incredible  and I thank you for reminding us!

Comment by Jaime Franchi on March 26, 2013 at 1:22pm

Is it extremely ignorant to ask what self-immolation is?

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on March 26, 2013 at 2:04pm

Jaime   setting oneself afire; burning onself to death

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