• Yellow4710

    agree, love and compassion need enough space to nurture, and courage to persue.

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  • Maritz

    that was so unbelievably sad. that little girl was alive for some time; she moved! I can NOT imagine that happening in Australia; I can NOT imagine that I would not rush to help, nurse, comfort her. We KNOW life is cheap in China but that was beyond appalling, disgusting and oh so sad! Sad for the child but so sad that China has fallen so low, not only in their own country but in Tibet too…God help them all!

    • Anonymous

      Hi, thanks for commenting. One of the points of Lin Gu’s piece was to address this very issue – why so many Chinese think twice before offering help because of the way Good Samaritans are so often themselves victimized and why there are now public calls for attitudes to change. But his point also was that the popularity of the photo of the anonymous monk saying last rites is a positive sign of people wanting more compassion and humanity.

      • Anna

        Completely true and I have seen it happen…no one claims to have seen anything and no one ever gets up to help…my own children watched an old man as he was hit by a car and immediately replied to the police officer “wo bu kan xia” I didn’t see it! It is a sad state of affairs.

  • Harri Young

    wait a minute… let me climb up the moral highground (australia) and rant something about how life is cheap in a third world country

    • Anonymous

      thanks for your comment. what’s powerful about the photograph of the monk is that it shows him valuing life by respecting the dead. and then he – the monk – disappears into the crowd…admirable

  • Frank Tedesco

    Let us join the Buddhist monk in the train station in prayers for the living and the dead.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for your comment.

      • truedharma108

        I am a Buddhist priest (minister) in Florida, USA. People die here out of the public eye, for the most part, in hospitals, hospices or home. Dead are displayed in funeral homes, if at all. The general public is rarely exposed to death (except secondarily in films and TV) and are phobic about it. Americans are very fearful and self-defensive about death. It isn’t supposed to happen although it happens to everyone. I think death should be open and celebrated publicly as in more traditional or less fragmented societies. The monk dealt with the situation as he should have.

  • http://www.serendipit-e.com/blog Chris Boese

    Hey, how terrific that this story got picked up by the Tricycle site! http://www.tricycle.com/blog/buddha-buzz-yue-yue-jon-kabat-zinn-and-anonymous-monk

    Neato neato. I love that magazine!

    • http://www.serendipit-e.com/blog Chris Boese

      Great discussion on the boards about the story on that link too.

  • Jtlim_50

    its not only prayer.but the SILENCE love and caring at that time,and the ENERGY field of Love it had spread to all human being .OM Pa Mi Pai Me Om.