Christmas Message from Father Emmanuel

Christmas 2003

May the Birthday of this Universal Liberator
Enliven the Hope of our own Liberation
The time of Liberation was at hand.
Joseph and Mary, destined to carry the divine Liberator into this world
Journeyed faithfully into their own land of Bethlehem,
They came in obedience to the laws of the Ruler, but the Ruler had no place for them.

Joseph and Mary moved into the loneliness and darkness of the night
They hopefully knocked at many doors, only few would open
But even they, their hearts being closed, spurned them away.
God came to man, but man’s heart was not open for Him.

Joseph and Mary came to be numbered as citizens in their homeland.
But the Powerful of the land had no place for them.
There was no place for them in their Inn.
They were left out and not counted as citizens in Caesar’s Constitution.

Patience and Perseverance brought them to a Crib
Devoid of all comforts and human surroundings
Mary brought forth the Babe of Liberation in the manger set up by Joseph.
Shepherds knelt and Angels sang : Peace to all men of good will!

The time of our Liberation is not yet at hand.
We are still on our long journey to freedom.
We too believed in the goodness and fairness of the Emperor and his Constitution.
We too obeyed the laws and hoped for our share of justice and freedom.

We knocked at the doors of democracy and human rights.
We begged and prayed, the Mighty of the day but they preferred to use force on us
We appealed to the Powerful but they preferred to help our oppressors.
We appealed to Reason and Morality, but of no avail

Celebrate Human Rights Day Dec. 10

 

Events organized by Amnesty International around the US.

Events at and around the UN in New York

American Society for the Advancement of Science celebration in D.C.

Rally in Palo Alto, CA for Human Rights Day

 

.Every individual has dignity. The principles of human rights were drawn up by human beings as a way of ensuring that the dignity of everyone is properly and equally respected, that is, to ensure that a human being will be able to fully develop and use human qualities such as intelligence, talent and conscience and satisfy his or her spiritual and other needs.

Dignity gives an individual a sense of value and worth. The existence of human rights demonstrates that human beings are aware of each other

Buddhism and Violence by Bernard Faure, Professor of Religious Studies at Stanford University

Is Buddhism pacifist? One would think so, to hear the Declarations of the Dalai Lama and those who claim there has never been “Buddhist war.” So has Zen Buddhism’s “drift” to militarism been only an aberration, after the timeless message of Gautama, the warrior-prince who, once he became the Buddha, preached nonviolence? We are not simply faced here with a gap between theory and practice. Even though Buddhism has no concept of a “holy war,” it doesn’t mean its doctrine does not at times legitimize the recourse to violence and the just war.

In whatever countries Buddhism has became official ideology