PATH TO PEACE
On May 4, more than four hundred Buddhist monks, nuns, and laypeopie left Angkor Wat in the first steps of a 350-kilometer, cross-country peace walk through the wartorn provinces of Siem Reap, Kompong Thom, and Kompong Cham down to the capital city of Phnom Penh. It was the beginning of a walk for peace in areas of Cambodia which have known nothing but war since the signing of the Paris Peace Accords in October 1991 and was timed to encourage a peaceful environment during the Cambodian election (May 23-28).
The peace walk, or Dhammayietra, almost ended before it began. In the early morning hours of May 3, as participants were gathering for a morning meditation before undertaking the journey, the pagoda in the city of Siem Reap became a battleground. Three people were wounded and a hand grenade was thrown into a room where two hundred walkers, including the Venerable Maha Ghosananda were gathered. The grenade did not explode. When the shooting finally subsided the immediate question was, Should this walk go on at all? Maha Ghosananda convinced the group, saying, “Indeed this is why we must walk.”
On Wednesday, June 9, Charles E. Tuttle, aged seventy-eight, died in Rutland, Vermont, after a brief illness. As Chairman of Charles E. Tuttle Antiquarian and Book Publishing Companies, he was well known for his pivotal role in promoting mutual understanding between East and West. Like many of his contemporaries, Tuttle’s introduction to Asia came by way of the armed forces in World War II. After completing his tour of duty, he remained in Japan and began exporting rare Japanese books to American libraries. He also set up fourteen army post exchange stores in Tokyo to sell the books he imported from America. In 1951 the enterprising publisher started printing English language books on Japanese history and culture and founded a division of Charles E. Tuttle Co., Inc. in Rutland, to make them available in the United States. Ten years later, his companies were firmly established as the principal source of books on Asian culture in America and the United Kingdom, and English language titles in Japan. The company will remain under its present management and will continue to produce Asian-related books.
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