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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Worldwide Sangha Responds to Buddhist Violence in Burma Against Muslims.

The worldwide sangha is pleading with Burmese monks and layity alike to end the violence against Muslims, and other ethnic minority groups in their beautiful country. The Dalai Lama recently addressed the troubling situation thusly:

"Buddha always teaches us about forgiveness, tolerance, compassion. If from one corner of your mind, some emotion makes you want to hit, or want to kill, then please remember Buddha's faith. We are followers of Buddha." -ABC News (link).

He went on to say that there is, "Too much emphasis on 'we' and 'they'" in the world." -The Huffington Post (link).

The Dalai Lama's words echo those of other international Buddhist leaders who recently penned a joint-letter condemning the violence and calling for calm. The Buddhist magazine, Tricycle, published their remarks and I will quote some of it, but I urge you to read the entire letter at the Tricycle Blog (link):
Buddhist teaching is based on the precepts of refraining from killing and causing harm. Buddhist teaching is based on compassion and mutual care. Buddhist teaching offers respect to all, regardless of class, caste, race or creed. We are with you for courageously standing up for these Buddhist principles even when others would demonize or harm Muslims or other ethnic groups. It is only through mutual respect, harmony and tolerance that Myanmar can become a modern great nation benefiting all her people and a shining example to the world.
JAMES: One of the reasons that I am so passionate about the trouble in Burma is because I believe the foundation of Buddhism is non-violence. If they can not even refrain from violence and harm toward innocent people then I can't help but wonder, why they are Buddhists at all?

~i bow to the buddha within all beings~

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2 comments: said...

This situation is very troubling to me. How do Buddhist get to this point? I am going to Burma this January, but I'm sure I won't learn much of this situation. I just want to see the land, the people, and try to have an understanding of them.

Dan @ Zen Presence - Ideas for Meaningful Living

Khine Me said...

Dear brother,
We Myanmar have been living peacefully with every religion. Yangon is ex-capital city. And you can see Hindu temples, Charch, Pagoda and Mosques within very close area 'in downtown'. Come and see those. I bet you'll never see such kinds of situation in other countries.
We Myanmar are happy-going and peaceful buddhist people. You can learn our glorious history. We love buddhism. We are great donors for other poor ppl and religion even we are living in poor country. We don't care poverty, we love donation. Coz we follow buddha's Dhamma.
Then, we do practic. You can see many theraveda medition centres for all kind of people. We don't disctiminate other religion. We all treat them warmly. Coz we Myanmar are sons and daughters of Buddha.
We know about metta and kindness. Poof is we let other religion built their religious building such as mosques in every cities and states. We live hand in hand.
But some religious musilm people betray us. They are trying to conqure our Golden Land, Myanmar. They plan to marry burmese girls and make them convert. We have been bearing for that since many years ago. But what did we say to them?? Nothing! We didn't even defeat that.
The result is musilm population grows year after years in my country. Now they become about 20 •/•. I can't imagine how much they'd become in next 50 years.
All problems and violence are started by who?? We?? No. Not us.
For one example, in meikthila violence, local musilm family beated the burmese old lady to death. So local burmeses tried to catch them but they didn't come out and just run away. Do you think local burmeses tried to beat them?? No. They just tried to send them to police. But at the same time, while that case happening, a group of musilm men tried to catch a Buddhist monk and killed him. Which media brocasts about that Monk?? Who said RIP to that monk??
You don't have local knowledge about our cities. Every city has many musilm people. They become a big growing. Once they gathered, they started to do jihad to non-musilm. So local burmese people need to defeat that crowd.
I know some buddhist people shamed of us. But it's ok. Coz they don't know the true facts.
The last word is I'm afraid of islamization.

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