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Self-immolation is rare among conscious individuals and even rarer among Buddhist monks. It's somewhat a cry of desperation among the latter - these are the last of our peoples who are content with it all and know and appreciate impermanence as a collective. Not to say that Chinese leaders don't appreciate that... (well, actually, they don't) it's just that religious freedom isn't an option there lol.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/27/world/asia/two-tibetan-monks-set-themselves-on-fire-in-protest.html

What do you guys think of the Chinese ruling class? They don't accept the Dalai Lama and will put an end to the millennium-long tradition once and for all this time.

Rationality rids us of superstition, but we will always have tradition because it's simply part of our bioprogramming. As long as we keep preserving old-world traditions, I think this is one of the only ones worth keeping. Too bad it won't be.
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Last edited by darkstar2466 at Oct 2, 2011,