Monday, October 01, 2007

Monks, Burma, Burmese Monks

If they really want to engage in political protest, why are they wearing robes?  Why can't they disrobe and protest?  The answer should be somewhat revealing.  The idea of becoming a monk (mono=single) means to leave the home life.  We take vows to that effect.  Yes, the whole world is watching now, because of the monks' political involvement.  But now the whole world knows what monks do: engage in political protest.  Meditation?  That's for "those that sit and do nothing".