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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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1 comment: 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

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