Triratna News

Statement Against Buddhist Violence in Burma/Myanmar

On Tue, 12 September, 2017 - 12:04
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Today on Triratna News:

1) A statement against Buddhist violence against the mostly Muslim Rohingya people in Burma/Myanmar, signed individually and personally by senior members of the Triratna Buddhist Order including Sangharakshita. The statement simply says that violence cannot be justified by Buddhist teachings.

2) Vishvapani’s broadcast this morning on BBC Radio Four’s Thought for the Day: ‘Burmese atrocities: the problem with a Buddhist state”. (Text and audio)

We first published a statement on this topic in 2013. In view of the even worse violence and dispossession now being suffered by the Rohingya people, its signatories have reissued the same statement, affirming now, more than ever, the Buddhist values of non-violence and loving kindness. 

You can also listen to Vishvapani’s broadcast on the BBC website.

Read more about the complex conditions giving rise to the present violence.
Read more about the Rohingya people.
Read about the 2013 statement and the considerations involved in making such a statement.

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