[Buddha-l] World Buddhist Leaders' Letter to Burma

Erik Hoogcarspel jehms at xs4all.nl
Sat Jan 12 20:28:14 MST 2013

Nice try, but I'm afraid this is about one tribe against the other and tribalism is in the Birmese genes. Muslims in the other states are OK as far as I have seen.


Jo <ugg-5 at spro.net> schreef:

>[Posted by Joanna K.]
>http://www.irrawaddy.org/archives/20919             12/11/12       
>International Buddhist leaders have written a letter to the Burmese
>urging tolerance and compassion in the wake of bloody communal violence
>western Burma:
>To our brother and sister Buddhists in Burma,
>As world Buddhist leaders we send our loving kindness and concern for
>difficulties the people of Burma are faced with at this time. While it
>is a
>time of great positive change in Burma we are concerned about the
>ethnic violence and the targeting of Muslims in Rakhine (Arakan) State
>the violence against Muslims and others across the country. The Burmese
>a noble people, and Burmese Buddhists carry a long and profound history
>upholding the Dharma.
>We wish to reaffirm to the world and to support you in practicing the
>fundamental Buddhist principles of non-harming, mutual respect and
>These fundamental principles taught by the Buddha are at the core of
>Buddhist practice:
>Buddhist teaching is based on the precepts of refraining from killing
>causing harm.
>. Buddhist teaching is based on compassion and mutual care.
>. Buddhist teaching offers respect to all, regardless of class, caste,
>or creed.
>We are with you for courageously standing up for these Buddhist
>even when others would demonize or harm Muslims or other ethnic groups.
>is only through mutual respect, harmony and tolerance that Burma can
>a modern great nation benefiting all her people and a shining example
>to the
>Whether you are a Sayadaw or young monk or nun, or whether you are a
>Buddhist, please, speak out, stand up, reaffirm these Buddhist truths,
>support all in Burma with the compassion, dignity and respect offered
>by the
>We stand with you in the Dharma,
>Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh
>Nobel Peace Prize Nominee. Vietnam
>Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
>President Buddhist Global Relief
>(World's foremost translator of the Pali Canon) Sri Lanka / USA
>Dr. A T Ariyaratne
>Founder Nationwide Sarvodaya Movement
>Gandhi Peace Prize Laureate Sri Lanka
>Ven. Chao Khun Raja Sumedhajahn
>Elder, Ajahn Chah Monastaries
>Wat Ratanavan, Thailand
>Ven. Phra Paisal Visalo
>Chair Buddhika Network Buddhism and Society -Thailand
>Ven. Arija Rinpoche VIII
>Abbot Tibetan Mongolian Cultural Center-Mongolia / USA
>Ven. Shodo Harada Roshi.
>Abbot Sogenji Rinzai Zen Monastery-Japan
>Achariya Professor J Simmer Brown
>Chairperson Buddhist Studies
>Naropa Buddhist University-USA
>Ven. Ajahn Amaro Mahathera
>Abbot Amaravati Vihara-England
>Ven. Hozan A Senauke
>International Network of Engaged Buddhists-Worldwide
>Younge Khachab Rinpoche VII.
>Abbot Younge Drodul Ling-Canada
>Ven. Sr. Thich Nu Chan Kong
>President Plum Village Zen temples-France / Vietnam
>Dr. Jack Kornfield Vipassana Achariya
>Convener Western Buddhist Teachers Council-USA
>Lama Surya Das
>Dzogchen Foundation International
>Vajrayana Tibet / USA
>Ven. Zoketsu N. Fischer Soto Roshi
>Fmr. Abbot largest Zen community In the West-USA / Japan
>Tulku Sherdor Rinpoche
>Director BI. Wisdom Institute-Canada
>HH the XIV Dalai Lama*
>Nobel Laureate Tibet/India
>*Though not able to be reached in time to sign this letter HH the Dalai
>has publicly and repeatedly stated his concern about the Rohingya
>Muslims in
>Myanmar. He urges everyone to continue to practice non-violence and
>the religious harmony that is central to our ancient and revered
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