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This is kinda disturbing I thought, this kinda reminds me of a Modern Day Old Testament-like Sacrifice. :eek

Vietnamese Monk Dies in Fiery Protest in U.S.
Sat December 27, 2003 11:45 AM ET

MIAMI (Reuters) - An elderly Vietnamese monk set himself alight in a Buddhist temple in the United States to protest at the lack of religious freedom and demand democracy in his communist homeland, a follower said on Saturday.

Thich Chan Hy, 74, killed himself in front of a statue of Avalokita Bodhisattva, a figure of compassion, before daybreak on Christmas Eve, said Phuong Huynh, a youth group leader at the Lien Ha temple in Charlotte-Mecklenburg in North Carolina.

"He left a letter to his master on a scroll...with three wishes that he had given up his life for," Huynh told Reuters.

"The three reasons were I wish that all the people living in Vietnam be entitled to freedom of religion and belief, I wish that all the people in Vietnam be entitled to human rights and democracy, and I wish that Vietnam will preserve its sovereignty of its lands and sea borders."

Hanoi recognizes six religions and permits only a single official representative group of each to operate.

The country has been condemned by foreign governments and organizations for cracking down on an outlawed Buddhist group, the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam.

Hy's last wish was in reference to a border dispute with China, Huynh said.

Hy had been the spiritual leader of the Lien Ha temple for a decade and had never shown any inclination that he might one day resort to self-immolation as a form of protest. He spent years in a re-education camp in Vietnam after the communist north took over the south, and immigrated to the United States in 1991.

"He is an older man and all the time that I have known him he has always been so happy and gentle," said Huynh. "It all came as a big surprise to all of us."

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Whew! When I first saw the title of this thread, I thought our pal Mun-kay had burst into flames! I should have more coffee before logging in to CF in the morning. :laughing

Yes, Jay, the world is becoming more wacky every day. What will happen next you suppose? :shrug
 

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It's funny you mention this, I ran across a monkey recipe once on here. I'm not sure where it was but it was called "Graped Ape" or something like that. Sounded interesting... :rolleyes
 

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Actuially, several monks have done this.

This one is the most famous. He lit himslef ablaze, SLOWLY put himself in to the "lotus" position, and did NOT move or make a sound............................... Until he was ash........
 

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Rezin said:
Actuially, several monks have done this.

This one is the most famous. He lit himslef ablaze, SLOWLY put himself in to the "lotus" position, and did NOT move or make a sound............................... Until he was ash........
yes that was the shocker for me and I have thought about it for years.

A- I wonder if he put himself in a trance

B- drugged himself before he did this

C-- has somehow overcome pain

D -- all the above
 

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Rezin, is that the pic Rage Against the Machine used on their first album?
Yup, same one......... I used to stare at it for hours. MANY visions in the flames.
 

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Rezin said:
Actuially, several monks have done this.

This one is the most famous. He lit himslef ablaze, SLOWLY put himself in to the "lotus" position, and did NOT move or make a sound............................... Until he was ash........

So what sound did he make after he was ash?
 

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That picture is really quite the sight, man that's scary. That's one of my fears, being burned alive like that. That's why I would never be cremated. I just don't like the thought of my body being burned up.
 

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So what sound did he make after he was ash?
From what I am told, the first movement was when his arm fell off, after in burned thru. It just kinda flaked off in a lil poof. That was it.
 

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So what sound did he make after he was ash?
:crackup :crackup :crackup

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I just don't like the thought of my body being burned up.

Well you better repent you heathen......:nanana :nanana :nanana

:nanana :nanana :nanana
 
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