Sunday, 5 July 2015

Buddhists Speaking Out Against Burma Violence

Buddhist Leaders Respond To Violence Against Muslims In Myanmar
Huffington Post
10 December 2010
While it is a time of great positive change in Myanmar we are concerned about the growing ethnic violence and the targeting of Muslims in Rakhine State and the violence against Muslims and others across the country. The Burmese are a noble people, and Burmese Buddhists carry a long and profound history of upholding the Dharma. We stand with you in the Dharma,

Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh
Nobel Peace Prize Nominee.

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

Ven. Arija Rinpoche VIII
Abbot Tibetan Mongolian Cultural Center
Mongolia / USA

Ven. Shodo Harada Roshi.
Abbot Sogenji Rinzai Zen Monastery

Achariya Professor J Simmer Brown
Chairperson Buddhist Studies
Naropa Buddhist University

Ven. Ajahn Amaro Mahathera
Abbot Amaravati Vihara

Ven. Hozan A Senauke
International Network of Engaged Buddhists

Ven. Sr. Thich Nu Chan Kong
President Plum Village Zen temples
France / Vietnam

Dr. Jack Kornfield Vipassana Achariya
Convener Western Buddhist Teachers Council

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

HH the XIV Dalai Lama*
Nobel Laureate Tibet/India

Dalai Lama Pleads for Myanmar Monks to End Violence Amid Damning Rights Report
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet
26 April 2013 All the major religions teach us the practice of love, compassion and forgiveness. So a genuine practitioner among these different religious traditions would not indulge in such violence and bullying of other people. We are religious people. 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. We're in the 21st century. All problems must be solved through dialogue, through talk. The use of violence is outdated, and never solves problems.

Dalai Lama Decries Buddhist Attacks On Muslims In Myanmar
Reuters via Huffington Post
07 May 2013
"Really, killing people in the name of religion is unthinkable, very sad. I pray for them (the monks) to think of the face of Buddha. You have the responsibility to create a new world based on the concept of one humanity."

Dalai Lama to Burmese monks: Enough anti-Rohingya violence
20 September 2013
Aung San Suu Kyi calls for amendments to the Constitution to solve the ethnic problem. In the sixth anniversary of the Saffron Revolution monks call on authorities to apologize. "When resentment or anger towards your Muslim brothers and sisters emerge, please remember [ the principles ] of the Buddhist faith."

Dalai Lama to Myanmar, Sri Lanka Buddhists: Stop violence against Muslims
Tim Hume, CNN
07 July 2014
I urge the Buddhists in these countries to imagine an image of Buddha before they commit such a crime. Buddha preaches love and compassion. If the Buddha is there, he will protect the Muslims whom the Buddhists are attacking.

In May last year, he made comments at a U.S. university decrying the violence in Myanmar, and he has written to Aung San Suu Kyi, a renowned Burmese pro-democracy campaigner and fellow Nobel Peace Prize winner, calling for a halt to the violence, his staff said.

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Dalai Lama Urges Aung San Suu Kyi to Help Myanmar’s Rohingya
Thomas Fuller, New York Times
28 May 2015
I met her two times, first in London and then the Czech Republic. I mentioned about this problem and she told me she found some difficulties, that things were not simple but very complicated. But in spite of that I feel she can do something.

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