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Commentary: Buddhists join Quakers as activists for
ROBERT SIEGEL, host: The Religious Society of Friends, the Quakers, have played a consistent role as pacifists for much of American history. And now, says commentator Gustav Niebuhr, another 1) _______________ group is joining them as activists for peace in this country.
my perspective, it looked as if a peace 2)
_______________ took place in
major figures have crossed paths in the
Recently, I heard a Protestant minister speaking from the pulpit approvingly cite the story of a Tibetan Buddhist monk, long imprisoned by the Chinese, who nonetheless spoke with great compassion for his 8) _______________. It's incidents like this that make me think a certain image of Buddhism is sinking in among Americans. Could it be that Buddhists are developing a reputation as the new Quakers? I'm not saying I think these two different faiths are the same or even similar. But thanks to the 9)_______________ of figures like the Dalai Lama and Thich Nhat Hanh, I wonder if people increasingly identify Buddhists as the ones with the peace 10) _______________.
That concept has been central to Quakerism since the early Friends wrote to King Charles II in 1660, declaring they rejected all outward wars and strife and fightings with outward 11) _______________ for any end or under any pretense whatsoever. The Quakers would, they said, do only that which worked for the peace of all, a radical stand that has earned them admirers and critics ever since. Today, Quakerism remains a vital movement, widely 12) _______________, but small in numbers.
contrast, Buddhism has been growing rapidly in the
SIEGEL: Gustav Niebuhr is a
visiting fellow at the Center for the Study of Religion at
1. What religious group has long played a consistent role as pacifists in American history?
religious group new to the
3. Why is the concept of war becoming obsolete, according to one speaker?
4. In 1640, the Quakers told King Charles II of
5. How is Buddhism doing in the