The world woke up to this amazing news that Aung San Suu Kyi was released from house arrest today in Rangoon, Burma. Born in 1945, the daughter of one of Burma’s iconic leaders, Bogyoke Aung San, she has enthralled the world with her determination, fortitude, and courage. Her political will has been fired by her father’s spirit and perhaps not the least by his assassination. After refusing to leave Burma, she suffered the loss of her beloved husband, Michael Aris, to prostate cancer and has been separated from heer sons for two decades. The National League for Democracy, lead by Daw Aung San, won its first election with a landslide however the military rulers refused to acknowledge the victory, instead, placing Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest. In 1991, Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and has been the focus of other Peace Prize Laureates who have appealled for her freedom. Although she was released from house arrest, after a violent confrontation that threatened her life, she was again place under “protective” arrest. Despite her incarceration, Suu Kyi has fought valiantly for the freedom of the people of Burma. Today she is free. For the moment.
May her relentless practice light our way in practice.