Above you see the car that Thich Quang Duc, a Buddhist monk in Sai Gon, rode in before he lit himself on fire on June 11, 1963 to protest the whole wacky government situation in Viet Nam during the American/Vietnam War. The car is on display at the Thien Mu Pagoda here in Hue for all of us to view and contemplate and meditate upon.
Thich was the first of many monks who lit themselves on fire to protest suppression of Buddhists at the time–this being only one of the policies that agitated folks all over Viet Nam. . .thousands of books and billions of words have been written about this time so you can do your own reading about the entire situation. . .all I can tell you is that it is intense to stand next to this car and attempt to imagine what was going through this guy’s mind as he approached a busy intersection in Sai Gon, stopped the car, got out, sat in the street, poured gasoline all over himself, lit a match, went up in flames, and then sat in a perfect lotus position as long as he could until he collapsed. I was born on June 7, 1963 in midwestern U.S.A.. . .Thich died four days later in southern Viet Nam. . .
. . .this thing happened, the laughing Buddha keeps on laughing, the Perfume River keeps on flowing, and we all keep moving upward and onward. . .same as it ever was–same as it will ever be.
I send you bittersweet vibes from Hue, Viet Nam. . .feel them. . .they are endlessly fascinating.
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It’s lovely out there.