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(RIA Novosti (Russia))   Huh, who knew that Putin had found total enlightenment? Bear wrestling must be part of the Noble Eightfold Path   ( en.ria.ru) divider line
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2013-04-11 08:45:21 AM  
So he's got that going for him, which is nice.
2013-04-11 10:27:18 AM  
That and they tend not to get along too well with the Muslims.
2013-04-11 10:31:08 AM  
All life is suffering

We suffer because of bears

If we stop bears, we stop suffering
2013-04-11 10:34:15 AM  
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ELE! - Everybody Love Everybody!
2013-04-11 10:36:34 AM  
Maybe he was afraid he'd eat your brains.
2013-04-11 10:42:01 AM  
Well, not exactly bear wrasslin'...

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2013-04-11 10:59:23 AM  
Big hitter, the Putin.
2013-04-11 11:12:57 AM  
He only agreed to supporting them after they taught him this skill.

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2013-04-11 11:50:03 AM  
Bout time the Buddhists got some recognition
2013-04-11 12:21:05 PM  
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Here's a riddle for you... What's the sound of one hand CRUSHING YOU!?!
2013-04-11 12:31:04 PM  
So he's now gonna train in Nanda Parbat?
2013-04-11 12:45:45 PM  

The Flexecutioner: He only agreed to supporting them after they taught him this skill.

Kick me in the Jimmy!
2013-04-11 01:45:21 PM  
I'm crushing your head!
2013-04-11 01:57:36 PM  
Another political explanation might be the massive and growing Chinese population in Siberia and some of the Western regions of Central Asia. Supporting the Buddhists might be a way of courting "guest workers" and native-born Chinese.

Russia does not have a great record on freedom of religion. Even since the Fall of the Berlin Wall and glasnost and perestroika, the Eastern Orthodox Church has been aggressively intolerant of religious minorities and interlopers. Groups such as the Jehovah's Witnesses are still persecuted and are even illegal.

The Buddhists make a very handy exception. They tend to be less evangelical and less liable to the sort of things which make competitors to the Eastern Orthodox Church obnoxious to their new and old masters.

The Chinese appetite for resources and the neo-Czarist appetite for control both point to a policy of rapprochement with Buddhist monks. They tend to set a good example of quietism and positive social action rather than rebellion or aggravation of deep traditional bigotry.


The US might want to import some. Oddly enough, one of the major Buddhist sects in the US came to the conclusion that they'd be safer in Nova Scotia*. Now what were they called? Sha-na-na? Shinola? Shambala. That's it. Shambhala Buddhists. Big in Nova Scotia. Also they have their own hippie song.

*Which is a lot smarter than the survivalist Christian family from Nova Scotia that moved to the Falklands shortly before the Falklands War erupted because they expected the End Times to break out in Tribulations immenently.
2013-04-11 03:46:51 PM  

Sybarite: So he's got that going for him, which is nice.

Done in one.
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