- Buddha statues destroyed
- Buddhists react differently
- Manpreet Singh
- Buddhism Today News Service
(India, March 10, 2001): Towering Bamiyan Buddha statues have
vanishedfallen prey to the Taliban militias fundamentalist attack. The world
outcry and pressure could not save these two precious statues from destruction. "The
Taliban dynamited both statues and they are completely gone," says Mr. Mohammad
Ashraf Nadeem, spokesman for the Opposition led by Commander Ahmad Shah Masood in
Taliban militias action has evoked a very strong reaction from
the world academia, intellectuals and from the Buddhist community. Buddhists seem to be
divided in their reactions to this unfortunate incident with regard to Buddhas
teachings on anicca. Some have reacted in harsh words while others considering from the
Zen perspective feel it should be forgotten and forgiven as Buddha preached anicca and as
all things are impermanent. But their critics question the natural impermanence and
violent t and forced impermanence as in the case of Talibans action.
Afghanistans Opposition is reported to have today said the ruling
Taliban had destroyed the two ancient Bamiyan Buddha statues in Central Afghanistan.
However, there was no immediate comment from the Taliban nor was there
any independent confirmation of the latest Opposition report.
"Basically, the destruction operation started on Thursday
afternoon and our reports, which are accurate, say that both of them have been blown up by
explosives and gun powder," Mr. Nadeem told a news agency.
The two Buddhas in the central province of Bamiyan tower 53 metres and