posted on Sep, 7 2009 @ 02:42 AM
Hòa thượng Thích Quảng Đức[a] (Vietnamese pronunciation: [tʰɪ̌c kwãːŋ ɗɨ̌k], Saigon: [tʰɪ̌t kwɐ̂ːŋ ɗɨ̌k] ( listen); born
Lâm Văn Tức in 1897 – died 11 June 1963) was a Vietnamese Mahayana Buddhist monk who burned himself to death at a busy Saigon road intersection
on 11 June 1963. Thích Quảng Đức was protesting against the persecution of Buddhists by South Vietnam's Ngô Đình Diệm administration.
Photos of his self-immolation were circulated widely across the world and brought attention to the policies of the Diệm regime. Malcolm Browne won a
Pulitzer Prize for his iconic photo of the monk's death, as did David Halberstam for his written account. After his death, his body was re-cremated,
but his heart remained intact. This was interpreted as a symbol of compassion and led Buddhists to revere him as a bodhisattva, heightening the impact
of his death on the public psyche.
Thích Quảng Đức's act increased international pressure on Diệm and led him to announce reforms with the intention of mollifying the
Buddhists. However, the promised reforms were implemented either slowly or not at all, leading to a deterioration in the dispute. With protests
continuing, the Special Forces loyal to Diệm's brother, Ngô Đình Nhu, launched nationwide raids on Buddhist pagodas, seizing the holy heart and
causing deaths and widespread damage. Several Buddhist monks followed Thích Quảng Đức's example and burned themselves to death. Eventually, an
Army coup toppled and killed Diệm in November. The self-immolation is widely seen as the turning point of the Vietnamese Buddhist crisis which led
to the change in regime.
LINK TO WIKI: shows picture of immolation --->en.wikipedia.org...
This act of love and compassion truely astonishes me................ literally I'm at a lost for words.......
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