An Open Letter to the Buddhist Churches of America

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Presto Kensho
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An Open Letter to the Buddhist Churches of America

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Partly due to the political partisanship I've witnessed in the Buddhist Churches of America over the past four years, I no longer consider myself a Jodo Shinshu Buddhist.

Instead, I am a follower of Meher Baba, the East Indian spiritual teacher who claimed to be the promised Maitreya. This conversion to being a Baba lover has taken a few years, but the political partisanship I've seen recently was too much to bear.

The life and message of Meher Baba transcends all political partisanship. Meher Baba took a vow of poverty, traveling throughout India to feed, bathe, and clothe lepers, the mentally ill, and the outcasts of Indian society. He maintained a vow of silence the last 45 years of his life.

When Mahatma Gandhi came to Meher Baba for spiritual advice, Baba instructed that he must leave politics behind to be one of his followers. Gandhi agreed to Baba that he would do so, but only after Pakistan had settled as a country independent of India. Shortly afterward, Gandhi was assassinated.

In the words of Meher Baba, "I have no connection with politics. All religions are equal to me, and all castes and creeds are dear to me. But, although I appreciate all "isms," religious and political parties for the many good things that they seek to achieve, I do not and cannot belong to any of these "isms," religious or political parties. For the Absolute Truth, while equally including them, transcends all of them, and leaves no room for separate divisions which are all equally false. The unity of all life is integral and indivisible. It remains unassailable and inviolable in spite of all conceivable ideological differences."
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Re: An Open Letter to the Buddhist Churches of America

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Wheel of Dharma has declared the BCA's "unequivocal support" for the Black Lives Matter movement. The word "unequivocal" means "without question, leaving no doubt."
https://www.buddhistchurchesofamerica.o ... of-dharma/

Does this mean the BCA is choosing to take a blind eye to the ongoing violence witnessed in the streets at the hands of BLM protestors, as well as the extreme left-wing positions expressed on its official website, that go beyond the legitimate desire for long-overdue police reform?

In the words of BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors, the original founders of BLM are "trained Marxists". Is this something that the BCA also "unequivocally" supports, considering the millions of Buddhists who've died under Marxist regimes?

Is the Nishi Hongan-ji in Japan aware of this "unequivocal support"?
Presto Kensho
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Re: An Open Letter to the Buddhist Churches of America

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Founded by Japanese immigrants, Buddhist Churches of America is one of America's oldest Buddhist organizations. It's very troubling, then, that the BCA has voiced its "unequivocal" support for BLM. Will the BCA condemn the looters and rioters, as well as those who insist that America is a fundamentally rotten country?
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Re: An Open Letter to the Buddhist Churches of America

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When you remind BCA ministers of the violence caused by BLM, they either ignore it or double-down and attempt to justify the violence, just like the Democrats and the mainstream media. While black lives indeed matter, we don't need to insist that America is a fundamentally rotten country while rioting in the streets to uphold black lives with police reform.
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Re: An Open Letter to the Buddhist Churches of America

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The BCA today makes no effort to hide its leftist politics and it doesn't care if people leave the organization because of it, at a time when BCA membership was already in decline.
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