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Loas Buddhist Temple Vandalized
Hi everyone!!! I'm fairly new to this site, but so far I like what I see. You guys seem so educated on this subject. It makes me feel as if I hardly know anything about buddhism even though I come from a buddhist background. Guess I have a lot of reading to catch up to.
Anyway. . . I wanted to talk about what happened to the temple I regularly attend.
About a month ago, two fourteen-year-old kids made some home-made explosives out of fire crackers and threw it into the buddhist temple in my town. Some minor damages were caused to the exterior and interior of the temple. Luckily no one was hurt. The monks wouldn't press charges so the state put it into their own hands. For a while I was very upset. I have been attending that temple for about ten years now, and the monks there are very passive and nonchalant (as with all monks). I just couldn't understand why anyone would do such a thing. Then I realized that they probably did it out of ignorance. I'm sure if they had known the monks and the people who attended it, they wouldn't have had such harsh feelings for them. "Not by hate is hate defeated; hate is quenched by love. This is the eternal law" - Dhammapada 5. The more I say these words to myself, the more my anger diminishes. I'm over it now.