Buddhist assassin at Navy Yard prompts debate about stereotype of peaceful faith
There are 14 comments on the The Washington Post story from Sep 18, 2013, titled Buddhist assassin at Navy Yard prompts debate about stereotype of peaceful faith. In it, The Washington Post reports that:
Kasem Pundisto, a Buddhist monk at the Wat Busayadhammavanaram Meditation Center of Fort Worth, where at one time Naval Yard shooter Aaron Alexis practiced, poses Sept.
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#1 Sep 18, 2013
He is a schizophrenic patient. It is a medical issue, and not a religious one. How is it attributed to religion.
#2 Sep 19, 2013
Jihad journalist are at it again! They often say, many Muslims are not terrorist that goes around and bomb people. So this is what they do, jihad through journalism.
#3 Sep 19, 2013
How true, this is bs journalism. The media is owned by Arabs now and they will try to weaken minds with lies about other religions to justify evil Islam.
Only Muslims die for Islam.
#4 Sep 20, 2013
One thing however can be said about the very foolish monks who were quite aware this guy was carrying a gun.
Maybe it's Thai male culture where they were not in the least bit alarmed. The monk did not even think of disarming him!
This is what happens when you make people without true faith in The Lord monks and nuns:
If they firmly follow the Buddha they would have urged him to get rid of his gun:
The first precept explicitly condemns killing: "In what ways ... is a monk perfect in morality? Forsaking the taking of life, he abstains from killing. Having laid down his stick and sword, he lives in modesty, showing kindness, compassion, and concern for the welfare of all living beings" (Strong 122)
#5 Sep 20, 2013
These articles hide the fact that he made a website with a name " Muhammad Salem " . Why was this not mentioned in any of the articles while they are at it?
Muslims don't infiltrate do they?
#6 Sep 21, 2013
While the media is going on and on about how he attended a temple , but totally it the fact that he made a website under the name Muhammad Salem. What is the reason for his name change . The possibility of him being planted in a Buddhist temple by Muslims can't be ruled out. Even in many Buddhist forums, there are many Muslims disguising as Buddhists to mislead and confuse Buddhists. They immediately bash anyone who criticize Muslims for destroying Buddhists historic buildings and people.
#7 Sep 21, 2013
As Lord Buddha said, just correct anyone who does not misrepresents what Buddha taught, by teaching it correctly. Buddhists should not let this get in the way of their practice. Wisdom is hard, work hard to gain it and teach and correct whenever possible.
#8 Sep 21, 2013
Sorry take out the "not" ;
#9 Sep 21, 2013
PS Please do write a letter to the editor or in the comments section if there are any misrepresentations.
#10 Sep 21, 2013
Also, please send us link to any biased articles and fellow Buddhists can write a letter to the editors!
#11 Sep 21, 2013
It seems it's the retarded temple people who are giving Buddhism a bad name:
Buddhists should question the priests since I know from other articles that two of the congregants later became Christian converts--very strange temple -
A former acquaintance, Oui Suthametewakul, said Alexis lived with him and his wife from August 2012 to May 2013 in Fort Worth, but that they had to part ways because he wasn't paying his bills. Alexis was a "nice guy," Suthametewakul said, though he sometimes carried a gun and would frequently complain about being the victim of discrimination.
Suthametewakul said Alexis had converted to Buddhism and prayed at a local Buddhist temple.
"We are all shocked. We are nonviolent. Aaron was a very good practitioner of Buddhism. He could chant better than even some of the Thai congregants," said Ty Thairintr, a congregant at Wat Budsaya, a Buddhist temple in Fort Worth.
Thairintr said Alexis told him he was upset with the Navy because "he thought he never got a promotion because of the color of his skin. He hated his commander."
As Thairintr and others at the temple understood, Alexis took a job as a contractor and he indicated to them he was going to go to Virginia. He last saw him five weeks ago.
"He was a very devoted Buddhist. There was no tell-tale sign of this behavior," Thairintr said.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/09/17/vet-in-n...
#12 Sep 21, 2013
My bad, from the NY Times:
The temple, a one-story house that was converted to a place of worship six years ago and filled with statues of Buddha and tigers, has a sign posted outside a door:No alcohol, no firearm, a warning to Texas Buddhists with state-issued licenses for concealed handguns.
So they were supposed to be disarmed in the temple.
#13 Sep 21, 2013
People who launched jihad through journalism are not aware that people with schizophrenia do display symptoms of suspecting certain people they associate with as going after them to kill them. They can get extremely paranoid at times. For example, a student with schizophrenia would have thoughts that a certain teacher want to kill him or her. He or she might speak about it and get kick out. No matter where the person goes, the person will carry these thoughts in the mind and do something about it. Some would call the police constantly . In this case he had training in guns and attack , so this is what he look to when trying to so something about his suspicion. Schizophrenia is a strong mental condition where the person would loose control of their rational mind and follow these schizophrenic thoughts. When it is acting up, the person cannot control themselves or their minds. At other times when it is not acting up then the person can seem normal to some extent.
While they are going on and on about religion , why don't they even mention or speculate why is it that a Buddhist used Muhammad Salem as his name when creating a website. Is he one of the infiltrator planted by Muslims in Buddhist community as they planted many in Buddhist forums . Some Muslims in disguise have been in the forums for many years.
The man clearly acted due to the influence a strong and serious mental disorder . But if these slanderous articles want to go on and on about religion then they better not omit the part where he used Muhammad Salem as his name when created a website. They better speculate why did he used this name.
Buddhists on forums and outside need to be aware of Muslims in disguise and possible infiltration. After all, they infiltrated the media and launches their attack from there. They infiltrated the government and launched their attack from within our countries. Why wouldn't they infiltrate other areas and attack within like a virus ?
#14 Sep 23, 2013
Yes, Buddhist monks and nuns should know more about people before simply teaching meditation.
The first check Buddha did was to see if this person is a person with integrity. Not just, oh, he seems like a nice guy.
They should ask about their faith, beliefs, mental stability. The gun should have triggered an automatic-- wait a minute!
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