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Unbearable shame…suicide by self-immolation a thoughtful history and stance against it

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/culture/2012/05/history-of-self-immolation.html?mbid=gnep

the New Yorker has a thought provoking history of self-immolation in the world; sadly that trend has continued and this article laments it.

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I am a Bhikshuni ordained in Mahayana Chinese Buddhist tradition. I'm currently translating Vinaya sutras from the Chinese Mahayana Tripitaka.