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Chinese Buddhists 'cause plague of serpents'

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 02:40 PM

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For a group of Chinese Buddhists, releasing a thousand snakes from captivity into the wild was a compassionate act that would bring them good karma. But for the small nearby village of Miao Erdong, it resulted in a plague of serpents.

The 50 members of the "Let Blessings and Wisdom Grow" Buddhist group left Beijing in a nine vehicle convoy last Friday, driving for half a day with their cargo of snakes into the countryside of Hebei province.

Once they reached their destination, they chanted a ritual and released the snakes. However, they were soon spotted by a man from Miao Erdong who alerted the rest of the village.

The police were called, and quickly impounded three of the group's vehicles, as the snakes slithered into the undergrowth. Li Guohua, the head of the village committee, said snakes were soon spotted inside some of their homes.

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 07:24 PM

Wow.  They should have thought of a better location.  That's a shame.


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Posted 09 June 2012 - 10:23 AM

morons.


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Posted 09 June 2012 - 11:32 AM

Snakes On A Plane of Existence?


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Posted 09 June 2012 - 12:12 PM

They could have released them in small groups instead of enmasse near a village - for all their efforts to effect good karma they completely ignored the basic "cause and effect" part of the deal.  This is what becomes of following an ideal blindly without engaging your brain.

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 02:04 PM

Whoops!


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Posted 09 June 2012 - 04:20 PM

They do not say if they are poisonous and that is the main point. If they eat mice and rats, then they are a benefit. Snakes, lizards, skinks, and geckos as well as many creatures live around my home and sometimes inside. We get along.


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Posted 09 June 2012 - 11:02 PM

<<Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.>>    -Albert Einstein, "Science, Philosophy and Religion: a Symposium", 1941
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The spiritual meaning of this act is indeed noble, but maybe just MAYBE... they should have released them into the WILD, not near a village.

Edited by Bildr, 09 June 2012 - 11:04 PM.

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 03:58 AM

I wonder if they regret releasing the snakes..

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 04:59 AM

yea they released the snakes to let them live thinking it will bring them good karma but the police came in and killed all of the snakes lol.


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Posted 10 June 2012 - 05:00 AM

this is a bit fishy. why would they release snakes? y not squirrels or birds? y do they have to release snakes? sounds a bit fishy.

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 01:02 AM

View PostEldorado, on 09 June 2012 - 11:32 AM, said:

Snakes On A Plane of Existence?


Nice. lol

I couldn't help but laugh at this article. I'm glad I wasn't the only one.


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Posted 11 June 2012 - 01:12 AM

View Postcsspwns, on 10 June 2012 - 05:00 AM, said:

this is a bit fishy. why would they release snakes? y not squirrels or birds? y do they have to release snakes? sounds a bit fishy.
I agree, what was the reason for the snakes? and so many!

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 10:56 AM

Which shows that all religions are stupid and literally dangerous.


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Posted 13 June 2012 - 04:17 AM

Its nice to see that even reptiles can get Buddist sypathy but... REALLY???
Maybe they could have helped protect some of the wild habitat, or bred and released any endangered species, and released them into their PROPER habitat?
...wisdom...maybe?





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