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Quote of the Week: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

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A correction from my entry the other day — June 19th was Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s 65th birthday.

In her honor, this week’s quote is from her (with thanks to Danny Fisher for finding it):

…People often ask me how it feels to have been imprisoned in my home… How could I stand the separation from family and friends? It is ironic, I say, that in an authoritarian state it is only the prisoner of conscience who is genuinely free. Yes, we have given up our right to a normal life. But we have stayed true to that most precious part of our humanity — our conscience.”

(from Parade Magazine, March 9, 2003)

Please see Danny’s blog for other important stories concerning Burma, as well as suggestions for actions that you can take to support Aung San Suu Kyi and the people of that country.

About Maia

I've been practicing and studying the Buddha way since 1994, and exploring the question "What is engaged Buddhism?" since the late 90s. As former executive director of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship and editor of its journal, Turning Wheel, I had the honor of meeting and working with many practitioners of engaged dharma, including Roshi Joan Halifax, Joanna Macy, Alan Senauke, and Robert Aitken Roshi. I write about socially engaged Buddhism on my blog, "The Jizo Chronicles," as well as on the theme of personal and collective freedom on my website, "The Liberated Life Project." Through my Five Directions Consulting, I offer support to individuals and organizations who aspire to integrate awareness into their work.

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  1. Thanks for the awesome quote! Something I wish both American political camps, our President Obama, all the tea-baggers and liberals could consider when really consider our future and the direction to take as one people and nation.


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