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Buddhists betray the Dharma in Burma?

By Munisha on Fri, 18 Jul, 2014 - 00:40

Buddhists betray the Dharma in Burma?

By Munisha on Fri, 18 Jul, 2014 - 00:40How do we make sense of the Buddhist violence against Muslims in Burma (and elsewhere)?

Following a visit to Burma, American Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield writes in the magazine Shambala Sun:

“In [Burma’s] culture of devotion [to the Buddha and monastic sangha], the teachings of the noble truths and eightfold path, of nonviolence, mindfulness, meditation, and virtue, are not emphasized. And the Buddha’s admonition to see and think for yourself is lost entirely.”

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Triratna News
Triratna News

Making a Statement on Buddhist Violence against Muslims in Burma

By Munisha on Thu, 24 Oct, 2013 - 12:15
The continuing violence by Buddhists against Muslims in Burma has been viewed with dismay by many Buddhists worldwide. Non-Buddhists, familiar with Buddhism’s reputation for non-violence, have found it baffling.

There have been occasional requests to Triratna Buddhist Centres for statements condemning this violence. After considerable deliberation, and with strong encouragement from Triratna’s founder, Sangharakshita, four writers have arrived at a text, signed individually by him and a number of preceptors, east and west. This is not a statement on...
European Chairs' Assembly
European Chairs' Assembly

Statement on Buddhist Violence against Muslims in Burma

By Munisha on Wed, 23 Oct, 2013 - 16:33

The continuing violence by Buddhists against Muslims in Burma has been viewed with dismay by many Buddhists worldwide. Non-Buddhists, familiar with Buddhism’s reputation for non-violence, have found it baffling.

There have been occasional requests from members of the public for statements from Triratna Buddhist Centres, condemning this violence.

After some considerable deliberation about the purpose and nature of such a statement, and with strong encouragement from Subhuti and our founder Sangharakshita, we have arrived at a...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Buddhism and Violence on the BBC

By Candradasa on Sun, 25 Aug, 2013 - 12:03

Buddhism and Violence on the BBC

By Candradasa on Sun, 25 Aug, 2013 - 12:03This week on BBC Radio 4, the religious discussion programme “Beyond Belief” considered the topic of Buddhism and Violence, in the light of the recent Buddhist violence against Muslims in Burma. Curious about the role of Buddhist neo-fascists? Listen online.


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Triratna News

Vishvapani broadcasts on Buddhist-Muslim violence in Burma

By Munisha on Sat, 29 Jun, 2013 - 07:34

Vishvapani broadcasts on Buddhist-Muslim violence in Burma

By Munisha on Sat, 29 Jun, 2013 - 07:34Vishvapani, 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...

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