buddhist monk - self immolation

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June 11, 1963, Thich Quang Duc, a Buddhist monk from Vietnam, burned himself to death at a busy intersection in downtown Saigon to bring attention to the repressive policies of the Catholic Diem regime that controlled the South Vietnamese government at the time. Buddhist monks asked the regime to lift its ban on flying the traditional Buddhist flag, to grant Buddhism the same rights as Catholicism, to stop detaining Buddhists and to give Buddhist monks and nuns the right to practice and spread their religion. As he burned he never moved a muscle, never uttered a sound.

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arsalan2231 : that moment when even the police officers turned around looking at him not being abled to believe what just took place :'(

lolo loredo : Didnt even move a muscle nor did he cry from the pain wow that is really something

1manuscriptman : This man did not die in vain. It's worth noting that Kennedy's decision to do away with the Diem Regime were strongly influenced by this event. key advisors relate how Kennedy showed still photographs of this event to his staff, saying:"Look at what things have come to there! We must do something" This suicide made a profound and unmistakable impression upon the whole world. It says, in a language all can understand, that:"This situation is so intolerable, and my concern for it so great, that I am willing to burn myself alive rather than put up with it". That's a pretty profound statement.

Proteinshake44 : How does a man attain such strength? Is he born with it? Years of meditation? Both?  I can't fathom the level of discipline required to attain such a state of control. This man's mind was of a higher magnitude than my own. 

kyle m : This may sound demented, but I watch this whenever I need to be put in my place. It's a special thing to me. And I love this monk for his sacrifice. I pray for him daily. 

norwayblackmetal1 : Music: ''Mooncake - Message From Arecibo'' post-rock band from Russia.

StateLaughter : Thic Quang Duc had definitely attained the "Divine Eye" and Nirvana, to do something like this. Incredible.

STAK : He definitely has my respect for this. RIP

Gabriel Ramirez : They did this in protest. How someone can sit there. Motionless while they burn alive is astonishing. I can't even contain myself when I burn the inside of my mouth. I respect the monks for being this committed to there cause. It sure did make there protest work. Saw this in my textbook in history class so I decided to look it up. This was one of the most intense videos I've ever seen. It really gives me a feel.

TheOutsider989 : high mental lvl of this man. respect.

1manuscriptman : Look at the picture around 4:23. You can see that even the police, who may be Buddhist, have bowed down to honor the Monk's Sacrifice.

Izanagi Kago : It doesn't seem like the monk even flinched. An impressive display of devotion. Quite moving and yet sad at the same time.

jordan : This brought me to tears

ThatSexyHapa : I went to Vietnam and I actually saw the car that he arrived in before he died. It was quite nice to learn about him while I was there too.

Febri Andri : everyone feels pain,but not everyone suffers

farbeyonddr1ven : ultimate devotion

Temp Fan : for those who dont know he was asked what he wanted to leave behind he said his heart. he was cremated after this. everything burned except his heart that is kept in a temple now.

Jack Straw : Every time I see this, I think of absolute selflessness. Dying, burning to death for his people to not suffer and not by means of causing others suffering. Only himself, or did he even suffer? What music is that???

Pedro Carrazana : He reached full nirvana , this is amazing yet sad

trevor : this brave act of the utmost courage, quite simply defies all natural science that we perceive. you can burn 1 million people and not a single one of them will remain perfectly motionless in their last moments on this planet. truly the soul of a warrior fed up with this world. I am in awe of such humanity

Night Angel : Wow...I cried, not because I was sad but because I was impressed...its like he left his body completely.

Kasakee2 : Although I do not agree with suicide life is too precious to waste it, what he did was incredible and heartfelt unbelievable what he may have been thinking...

Naiem Ahmad : It's a difficult road to travel, first self annihilation,  and total annihilation of your ego and then become a part of the fire so  you are one with the fire.

jacob silence : thats not suicide. god bles vietnam.

ScheerToGo : Who ignited Lee Sin? :o

薛明岳 : 南無阿彌陀佛 南無阿彌陀佛 南無阿彌陀佛

ganji Lama : Power of meditation..incredible

廖于婷 : 我的心好痛

zomb1ehunter26 : this is so metal \m/ a Rebel with a Cause

davefigthe3rd : The moment his soul leaves his body.

Sean : What is the music playing?

Bar9indamix : Rage against the machine album cover, song- killing in the name

Cameron Russell : #Amitabha

MxFANTAZY00 : profits of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE!!!

ffgew22 : Hey this is the cover of Rage Against the Machine's Self titled album..

0urMutualFriend : a living sacrifice 

De Brickashaw : Has to be in the top 5 worst ways to die. The pain must be unimaginable

ELEIMATER TOMS BOY44647 : OMG THIS IS SO SAD

Jacky Cola : respect...

조선희 : 존경스럽다는 말을 감히 못하겠네요

JecT - : Respect

EthanTrimby : His control over his brain function is certainly impressive, but the waste of life saddens me greatly.

lethrneck4 : awesome band!

lethrneck4 : nothing to understand, any religion that condones the taking of ones life, for any reason, is a false religion..no god would ever want someone to take their own life, no matter what the reason or cause

Mark Abrasaldo : thanks ...

Mark Abrasaldo : thanks ...

veti : What a great master.

Alex Kidd : Love technology...Anyways the song in the video is (Message from Arecibo by Mooncake)

jakeandrose1 : we watched this in history class, a lot of us started crying