Most Venerable Thich Quang Do's 'disobedience' appeal condemned

While Vietnamese Buddhists are celebrating the anniversary of the Buddha’s birth, the Most Venerable Thich Quang Do has posted an online appeal for “civil disobedience” and “domicile demonstration”. Many dignitaries in Ho Chi Minh City have voiced their criticism of him, calling his act unethical and against the tenets of Buddhism. 

The Most Venerable Thich Nhu Niem

Below are some of the criticisms.
 
The Most Venerable Thich Nhu Niem, Phap Hoa Pagoda, Phu Nhuan District:
 
This appeal is irrational and meaningless. While the Vietnamese government is trying its best to get the country out of the global economic recession, the Most Venerable Thich Quang Do, who is a Vietnamese citizen, called on everyone to adopt “civil disobedience”.

What was he thinking when he did so? He made such an appeal as if he wanted Vietnam to become a country without law.
 
“Domicile demonstration” means students should not go to school, workers should not go for work, traders should not go to markets, and so on. This situation, if it happens, will paralyze society. 

The Venerable Thich Minh Giam

If a person has awareness of and belief in the Buddha’s teachings, he or she will surely not follow this unethical appeal.

 

The Venerable Thich Minh Giac, Phap Quang Pagoda, Binh Thanh:

Who was the Most Venerable Thich Quang Do representing when he launched this immoral appeal?

He called for everyone to adopt “civil disobedience” and "domicile demonstration” for one month. Is it that he wants to paralyze the country? No one will accept this unethical appeal. 

Tran Thi Kim Lan

Tran Thi Kim Lan, a Buddhist in Binh Tan District, HCMC:

I think the Most Venerable Thich Quang Do should not launch appeals that can cause social disorder.
 
He should remember that many people, including Buddhists, sacrificed a lot in the struggle to achieve a peaceful and prosperous life like at present.
 
On the Buddha’s birthday, I will pray to the Buddha for driving misguided people back towards good since the Buddha instructed us not to commit acts that are unprincipled and malicious.

By Minh Duc - Translated by Mai Thao

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