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Aung San Suu Kyi: Free at Last!

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I am so happy to relay this news… news that many people thought might never come to pass:

After days of rumors, it’s now official: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the bodhisattva of Burma and Nobel Peace Prize winner, is now free after 21 years of detention and house arrest.

As the New York Times reported this morning, she was “greeted at the gate of her compound by thousands of jubilant supporters.” The article goes on to say:

She stood waving and smiling in a pink, long-sleeved shirt, as people cheered, chanted and sang the national anthem in a blur of camera flashes. She held a white handkerchief in one hand.

“Thank you for welcoming me like this,” she said, clutching the iron bars of her gate as she looked out at the cheering crowd. “We haven’t seen each other for so long, I have so much to tell you.”

She said she would speak again on Sunday at the headquarters of her now defunct political party, the National League for Democracy.

“We must unite!” she said. “If we are united, we can get what we want.”

There is much more to say about what happens in Burma next, of course, but in this moment, let us rejoice that this woman who has given so much of her life for the freedom of her brothers and sisters in Burma can now taste freedom herself.

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.

2 responses »

  1. Fantastic news, let’s hope that all goes well for the future for her and Burma

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