This is a guest post by a fallen away Catholic who is now a devout and practicing Buddhist. I obviously am not advocating for Buddhism, however since local liberals suggested I was being less than truthful when I said I personally know a pistol packing Buddhist, I asked him to share his story, primarily to show that palo-conservatism in general and the American Redoubt in particular are made up of a diversity of people. This is even more important after the horrible events of Charlottesville this weekend. You do not have to be a White European to want to defend Western Civilization and Christianity. The American Redoubt exemplifies this.
There are many media types and establishment Republicans who are allied with the Little Liar who continue to attack me and the American Redoubt in the press and online. One of my main points in the post that has become known as the Little Liar post is that Christa Hazel and her supporters in the media have tarred an entire group of people without knowing much about them. Christa said “Redoubters are not Republicans.” She said this, no one else did. Most are, some are not. Christa said the Redoubt promote secession. We do not. Christa said we discuss Redoubt principles at Republican meetings. We do not. She lied and her supporters in the media public continued attack on conservative political expression is the behavior of collectivists and authoritarians that we stand against.
Guest Post by the Dharma Protector
This post is in response to the comment by Reid on the post Liberal Republican upset that conservatives are politically active in Idaho which said in part “…A Buddhist monk packing, LMAO, no Buddhist monk would carry a weapon or willfully destroy anything in nature.” My brief story, which I actually never completely shared with the Bard or anyone else is below.
I am a Buddhist scholar with more than 10 years of extensive formal training in Buddhist Sutras scriptures of Chinese-Vietnamese Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhism. Hence, I can categorically state that all devout Buddhists are not pacifists who are against all forms of self defense.
To a Buddhist from Asia, the words “gun-toting” and “Buddhist” are not mutually exclusive. When Reid said “…no Buddhist monk would carry a weapon or willfully destroy anything in nature.” This is not true, a Buddhist monk may give back his monastic vows instantly and willfully, compassionately and wisely use force including armed force, even lethal force as the last resort to defend other beings from great suffering or death. This is of course when other expedients / skillful means have failed. Without mentioning Shaolin Buddhist monks and Kung Fu, I will expand on this point below.
The Bard of the American Redoubt is a traditional Catholic not Buddhist, he most likely thought that “once a monk always a monk” [Bard Note: I did] as it is in the Catholic faith. Unlike Catholicism where priests must remain a priest for life, a Buddhist monk may give back his ordination yet remain a devout Buddhist.
I was born in the USA into the Catholic faith and schooled for 12 years in liberal Franciscan and Jesuit Catholic prep schools. I suspect this is why the Bard likes to hang out with me sometimes. [Bard Note: Not only, he and his wife are very friendly and know a lot about natural plants and herbs and Eastern medicine. You never know when having that knowledge could be useful] I converted to Mahayana Buddhism as an adult, and have been a practicing Buddhist for 22 years and a strict vegetarian for 16 years.
I was a celibate ordained Buddhist monk in the tradition of His Holiness the Dalai Lama for 4 years but am now a Buddhist lay person married to a devout Buddhist woman of Vietnamese heritage. My wife is the daughter of a very strict Buddhist who was a “pistol-packin” high-ranking paratrooper that barely escaped the evil murderous communists on April 30, 1975.
My wife’s strict Buddhist family, along with so many devout Buddhists in Vietnam fought valiantly and “Buddhistically” using guns and weapons to stop the massive evil onslaught of World Communism (ComIntern) by the Vietcong backed by the communist Chinese and Russians and the American socialist globalist propagandists especially the #FakeNews of their day. These Vietnamese socialists were concentration camping and/or mass murdering both Buddhists and Catholics even before the Vietcong Communist Party dictatorship violently usurped the country on April 30, 1975. Countless American Vietnam veterans and Vietnamese anti-communist patriots and RVN soldiers acknowledge that we were winning that war against a clear evil.
But partially due to the American leftist fake news media and Hanoi Jane type Hollywood successfully coerced the US Congress and the American public into stopping the supply of guns and ammo to the winning Vietnamese Buddhist and Catholic patriots (RVN). After the Vietnamese communists won the war, their rule caused untold horrors and deaths in most of East Asia and Southeast Asia. For more understanding about the truth of the Vietnam war please see the amazingly “red pilling” book The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Vietnam War. See also, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism and the Dinesh D’Souza’s The Big Lie: Exposing the Nazi Roots of the American Left.
Being a devout Buddhist and using weapons or other forceful means to defend oneself, one’s family, other living beings, or one’s country when other skillful expedient means have or will fail in the face of evil, is not incompatible with devout Buddhist moral tenets and the Bodhisattva Precepts. Defending oneself and others is a duty of a “Bodhisattva” or one on the Buddhist Bodhisattva path of helping others more than oneself. Sometimes you “gotta be cruel to be kind in the right measure.”
From the Christian forums on militant Buddhism. There are teachings within Buddhism that advocate for non-violence. Nonetheless, many other teachings within the camp also made room for violence to occur as well. I am reminded of the Nirvana Sutrana Sutra, a canonical Buddhist text, which narrates a story about one of Buddha’s past lives: in it, he kills some Hindus (Brahmins) because they insulted the Buddhist sutras (scriptures):
The Buddha…said…”When I recall the past, I remember that I was the king of a great state…My name was Senyo, and I loved and venerated the Mahayana sutras…When I heard the Brahmins slandering the vaipulya sutras, I put them to death on the spot. Good men, as a result of that action, I never thereafter fell into hell. O good man! When we accept and defend the Mahayana sutras, we possess innumerable virtues.”
Over time Buddhism awoke me from being an ignorant hoplophobic (gun hating) “Left Coast” group-think leftist to an armed libertarian conservative who understands and appreciates the conservative moral precepts of Buddhism and Christianity and it’s imperative duty to compassionately defend precious human life from those with harmful intent or instincts be they human or animal. Of course, prayers and mantras are ultimately useful, but they don’t preclude using other provisional forceful methods when all else fails or will fail.
In the Bodhisattva Vows of Buddhism from the Chinese-Vietnamese commentaries on the Brahma Net Sutra scripture and numerous other Indian and Tibetan commentaries and parable stories one must protect one’s own and others’ “precious human rebirth” from being destroyed or harmed unnecessarily by either evil deluded beings or wild animals. Using a gun or other weapon to deter or stop a confused or evil person from creating future negative suffering and heavy karma, or a rebirth in Hell for themselves and others is not antithetical to Buddhism.
It is both Buddhist scripturally and historically wrong to paint Buddhism as a purely pacifist religion or “just a philosophy” that is 100% against any form of violence regardless of the reason. This is often a straw man propaganda fallacy of the revisionist regressive left. It may also be simple pollyanna ignorance among both non-Buddhists and newby Buddhist hippy-hipster types or gun-grabbing self-described JewBu’s (Jewish Buddhists as they call themselves) that ignore or are ignorant of Buddhist Sutras (scriptures) and moral precepts to the contrary.
As HH the Dalai Lama, teacher to numerous Tibetan Buddhists, has publicly said, “If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.” Source: Hal Bernton, Students urged to shape worldDalai Lama preaches peace in Portland, The Seattle Times, May 15, 2001, at B1. Also you can check it with the liberal progressives Snopes.
Although a Hindu, not a Buddhist, Gandhi said, “Among the many misdeeds of British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest.”– Mohandas Gandhi, an Autobiography, page 446.
I am a #MAGA TrumpTrain supporting Life Member of the NRA with a conceal carry permit and I carry my baby Glock Model 30 45ACP in my Galco Miami Classic chest rig most of the time especially homesteading which is grizzly bear country. We live deep in the American Redoubt where our majority Christian neighbors have been remarkably kind and welcoming. May Buddha bless you.