Buddhism is roiled in violent politics in Sri Lanka and Myanmar–the countries that Western Buddhists associate with the various styles and teachers of peaceful, non-violent insight meditation. Yuriko Koike wrote a commentary for Project Syndicate to highlight the prejudice, chauvinism, extreme intolerance and the politics of religious hatred. The monks who fought for their own religious freedoms suppress and decimate those of others. It serves as a reminder that unless we are individually and collectively vigilant, there is no religion or philosophy that is safe from various misguided people (and personal prejudices) who claim to uphold it or practice it.
Yuriko Koike, Japan’s former defense minister and national security adviser, was Chairwoman of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party’s General Council and currently is a member of the National Diet.