In one of my courses, in this semester, we watched a documentary film named, "Lost Treasures of Afghanistan." It was about Dr. Tarzi, an Afghan-French Archeologist, who have come to Bamyan to find the Sleeping Buddha, that exist somewhere between the two destroyed Buddha, according to some historical documents. That part did not, though, interest me. The way Dr. Tarzi was expressing his emotions about the two destroyed Buddha and the gravity of the disaster, inspired me. Dr. Tarzi, as an educated and informed Afghan, can well understand what we have lost, and like a kid with dried drops of tear on his face, kneeling down, is searching and digging the ground to find a trace of the Sleeping Buddha. He knows well he can't restore the past, but he hopes he can compensate the past.
This movie made me to name the group weblog, "The Buddha's Empty Place," as a horrible past in front of us, the Afghans, to always remember and keep in mind the disastrous consequences of our radicalism. The Buddha's empty place is indeed representing the three decades in the history of Afghanistan. By choosing such a name for this weblog, I want to go for the "hope," Dr. Tarzi believes in. I want to create an environment Afghan students (another "hope") can, far from hatred, resentment, and tumult, can sit and think.