Vishvapani broadcasts on Buddhist-Muslim violence in Burma
On Sat, 29 June, 2013 - 07:34
Vishvapani, member of the Triratna Buddhist Order, is one of the religious voices on the Today programme, BBC Radio 4’s flagship daily morning news programme, reaching six million listeners a week.
Along with writers from several other major faiths, he regularly writes and reads the Thought for the Day - a three-minute topical piece from a faith perspective.
Vishvapani writes: ‘When things happen, such as the anti-Muslim violence in Burma, I think it is important that other Buddhists speak out against it in any ways we can. As a Thought for the Day presenter, I wanted to address the issue head-on. I also wanted to avoid what is sometimes called the ‘no true Scotsman defence’; i.e. I wanted to acknowledge that these actions are being carried out by Buddhists in the name of Buddhism, and in that sense are part of Buddhism. I think people appreciate that honesty, and there’s a lesson for all of us in seeing how badly things - even Buddhist things - can go wrong, and how important it is to constantly review and reform our institutions.’