I came up with it from Life experience - having lived a long life and studying while I lived it - people I admired!MLK was a Buddhist?
That's a new one on me. Where did you come up with that?
I didn't say he was a "card practicing Buddhist" nor a "card practicing Baptist" either.
He studied Buddhism. If he did not JOIN an ashram he certainly behaved as one. One does not have to JOIN to behave as a Buddhist or a true Christian. It's what is in the heart that counts at least that is what Jesus said and what I was taught.
FraterAC - I don't usually take the time out to answer questions that are put to me as DEMANDS - but this time I did - for the sake of others who may not have studied MLK Jr. as I have or lived during that time period. I will not answer anymore however - I hope you understand I do have things I have to do with my time too. There are dozens such links on the internet I'm sure you can find on Dr. King and Buddhism. His Anti-War stance, his admiration for Buddhism as well as Christ & Ghandi and why he mimics those he admired.
Buddhism as a philosophy often treads dangerously on two separate paths, the transcendent and the relational. Lose track of one and the other falters,
However, in his nonviolent activism, it was clear that he was inspired by Gandhi’s nonviolent resistance movement. He was also inspired by Buddhist teachers.
He befriended a young Zen monk who had been exiled from Vietnam and was involved in peace activism. His name was Thich Nhat Hanh. It isn’t really known exactly how much these two learned from each other, but we know that they spent some time together and they gave each other advice.
I know Thich Nhat Hanh, and am privileged to call him my friend. Let me share with you some things I know about him.
You will find in this single human being an awesome range of abilities and interests.
This would be a notably auspicious year for you to bestow your Prize on the Venerable Nhat Hanh. Here is an apostle of peace and non-violence, cruelly separated from his own people while they are oppressed by a vicious war which has grown to threaten the sanity and security of the entire world.
Because no honor is more respected than the Nobel Peace Prize, conferring the Prize on Nhat Hanh would itself be a most generous act of peace. It would remind all nations that men of good will stand ready to lead warring elements out of an abyss of hatred and destruction. It would re-awaken men to the teaching of beauty and love found in peace. It would help to revive hopes for a new order of justice and harmony.
He is a holy man, for he is humble and devout. He is a scholar of immense intellectual capacity. The author of ten published volumes, he is also a poet of superb clarity and human compassion. His academic discipline is the Philosophy of Religion, of which he is Professor at Van Hanh, the Buddhist University he helped found in Saigon. He directs the Institute for Social Studies at this University. This amazing man also is editor of Thien My, an influential Buddhist weekly publication. And he is Director of Youth for Social Service, a Vietnamese institution which trains young people for the peaceable rehabilitation of their country.
Thich Nhat Hanh today is virtually homeless and stateless. If he were to return to Vietnam, which he passionately wishes to do, his life would be in great peril. He is the victim of a particularly brutal exile because he proposes to carry his advocacy of peace to his own people. What a tragic commentary this is on the existing situation in Vietnam and those who perpetuate it.
The history of Vietnam is filled with chapters of exploitation by outside powers and corrupted men of wealth, until even now the Vietnamese are harshly ruled, ill-fed, poorly housed, and burdened by all the hardships and terrors of modern warfare.
Thich Nhat Hanh offers a way out of this nightmare, a solution acceptable to rational leaders. He has traveled the world, counseling statesmen, religious leaders, scholars and writers, and enlisting their support. His ideas for peace, if applied, would build a monument to ecumenism, to world brotherhood, to humanity.
I respectfully recommend to you that you invest his cause with the acknowledged grandeur of the Nobel Peace Prize of 1967. Thich Nhat Hanh would bear this honor with grace and humility.
Martin Luther King, Jr.”
Trips to India & Ashrams:
King, “My Trip to the Land of Gandhi,” July 1959, in Papers 5:231–238.
From the early days of the Montgomery bus boycott, Martin Luther King, Jr., referred to India's Mahatma Gandhi as “the guiding light of our technique of non-violent social change” (Papers 5:231). Following the success of the boycott in 1956, King contemplated traveling to India to deepen his...