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Taigen Dan Leighton's Peace and Justice Page

Burma (Myanmar) Crisis Info and Action Page - Links below to action and info sites - don't expect this page to be up to date. - DC 

US Campaign for Burma

11-06-07 - Block Burmese JADE (Junta's Anti-Democratic Efforts) Act of 2007:
Get Your Representative to Co-Sponsor!

10-31-04 - Monks return to the streets in Burma.

10-24-07 - Don't Let the World Forget About the Saffron Revolution - This Wednesday, October 24th, is an important day for Burma. It is: 1) United Nations Day, 2) The day when Aung San Suu Kyi will have been under house arrest for a total of 12 years, and 3) One month since the uprisings in Burma were at their peak. The US Campaign for Burma will be marking this day with a host of actions around the world.

See BBC article on world-wide demonstrations.

10-18-07 - 16 things we can all do to help the Burmese monks and citizens

10-17-07 - Don't forget Burma!

10-08-07 - Talk Is Cheap
Couldn't the U.S. Do More to Pressure Burma's Junta?
By William Kristol in the Washington Post
Sunday, October 7, 2007; Page B07

Comments on Kristol's article from Mahablog

10-06-07 - TARA - A poem by Philip Whalen we recite for the Burmese today ...and for the Iraqies... and the Somalies... and the folks in New Orleans... and all people... and all animals... and all beings in the six realms and any other realms in the ten directions and any other directions... to the furthest reaches of the known universe... and the unknown.

10-04-07 -

Will You Help Us Stand Up for the Monks?
Global Day of Action October 6th and more from the US Campaign for Burma

An appeal to the UN Security Council to protect the people of Burma


Thousands Dead In Massacre of The Monks Dumped In The Jungle by Marcus Oscarsson

10-02-07 - Burma update - and it's not good

Gene deSmidt urges: PLEASE SPEND A FEW MINUTES CONTEMPLATING THE SUFFERING THAT IS HAPPENING IN BURMA RIGHT NOW ! and he sends this link to an article in Truth Out:

Groups Struggle to Tally Myanmar's Dead
    By Michael Casey

From the Crooks and Liars website: Monks Dying for Freedom

US Campaign for Burma and Students for Burma plans for October 5: National Campus Day of Action for Burma

9-28-07 - Taigen's messages on Burma

Protests are happening in various places, and online. Websites to check include: <>






Report on a Zen Teachers' list:

This was on another web list. While can not judge the accuracy of this, it speaks for itself:

"We just got phone call with our sister living in Yangon about a few hours ago. We saw on BBC world, saying that 200 monks were arrested. The true picture is far worse!!!!!!!!! For one instance, the monastery at an obscure neighborhood of Yangon, called Ngwe Kyar Yan (on Wei-za-yan-tar Road, Yangon) had been raided early this morning. A troop of lone-tein (riot police comprised of paid thugs) protected by the military trucks, raided the monastery with 200 studying monks. They systematically ordered all the monks to line up and banged and crushed each one's head against the brick wall of the monastery. One by one, the peaceful, non resisting monks, fell to the ground, screaming in pain. Then, they tore off the red robes and threw them all in the military trucks (like rice bags) and took the bodies away.

The head monk of the monastery, was tied up in the middle of the monastery, tortured , bludgeoned, and later died the same day, today. Tens of thousands of people gathered outside the monastery, warded off by troops with bayoneted rifles, unable to help their helpless monks being slaughtered inside the monastery. Their every try to forge ahead was met with the bayonets. When all is done, only 10 out of 200 remained alive, hiding in the monastery. Blood stained everywhere on the walls and floors of the monastery. Please tell your audience of the full extent of the fate of the monks please please !!!!!!!!!!!! 'Arrested' is not enough expression. They have been bludgeoned to death !!!!!!

9-25-07 - A message from Taigen Dan Leighton on the events in Burma


An extraordinary event is happening now in Burma, where Buddhist monks are leading the long overdue campaign against the dictatorship there.

These monks are literally risking their lives now for freedom, and are worthy of support.

Buddhist Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyii was elected prime minister in 1988, but was prevented from taking office, and has been under house arrest for most of the years since, including the last four years. She remains under house arrest, although it was reported that the monks were allowed once to walk by her house and she appeared silently in the window (weeping). The monks were blocked from walking by her house thereafter.

The report is that 200,000 people marched yesterday in Rangoon, with many other demonstrations around the country, and there is a National Strike in Burma, led by Buddhist monks.

In 1988 the dictatorial regime fired on nonviolent demonstrators, killing somewhere between three and ten thousand people. It is feared that a similar crackdown my happen now, and that the military dictatorship has had soldiers shave their heads to act as provocateurs and provide an excuse for a crackdown (a technique used in 1988).

There are things that can be done in support.


This site includes opportunities for individual responses, including a message to the UN Secretary General. The U.N. might be the best vehicle for responding effectively to the situation.

Please also see the statement from National Buddhist Peace Fellowship at:


It includes a petition to print out, sign, and send to Burmese consulates, with addresses.

May All Beings Be Happy,


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