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Vietnam’s dispute with Zen master turns violent

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HANOI, Vietnam — Communist Vietnam’s sometimes edgy relationship with religious freedom is being tested in a dispute over a monastery inhabited by disciples of Thich Nhat Hanh, one of the world’s most famous Zen masters.ALeqM5hxU-KnzVurM5g8ezdHHPCP9fIIpA

For four years, the Buddhist monks and nuns at Bat Nha monastery in central Vietnam have been quietly meditating and studying the teachings of the 82-year-old Vietnamese sage who is perhaps the world’s best-known living Buddhist after Tibet’s Dalai Lama.

But lately, they are in a standoff that could test the patience of even the most enlightened.

First, local authorities cut off their power, water and telephones.

Then, a mob descended on their compound with sledgehammers, smashing windows, damaging buildings and threatening occupants….

*Sigh* I wonder if they make gym shoes in Bhutan?

The Associated Press: Vietnam’s dispute with Zen master turns violent

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Author: Bill

Stumbling down the Middle Path, one day at a time.

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