Buddhist monk attacked by man who thought he was Muslim

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HOOD RIVER, Ore. – A Buddhist monk is recovering after he was attacked while walking his dogs.

“I just pulled over on a side road because I have dogs and I just wanted them to experience a new environment for their obedience training,” Kozen Sampson told KOIN.

At that point, Sampson says a man kicked his car door, which left a gash on his face.

“As he did that, he said, ‘F-bomb Muslims.’ And so I’m going to assume he was angry at Muslims for some reason. Apparently, I looked like a Muslim,” the monk said.

Sampson, who volunteers at a hospice center, says he is “very grateful this happened.”

“I’m OK, I’m recovering. I’m an old fat monk and I’m going to be OK,” he said. “But there are a lot of people in our society who are not OK and what I’m asking is for everyone to use this as a chance to look in our own hearts, let go of these prejudices, let go of this ‘different is scary,’ let go of ‘they’re not as good as us.”

“I’m glad it was me and not an actual Muslim because, can you imagine living your life walking around and people saying, ‘Are they going t o hate me/ Are they going to yell at me? Are they going to assault me?” he said. “Either we’re all God’s children or none of us are. That has to be the big message in all this.”


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