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Statement Against Buddhist Violence in Burma/Myanmar

Posted by Munisha to Triratna News on Tue, 12 Sep, 2017 - 12:04

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...

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Buddhists betray the Dharma in Burma?

Posted by Munisha to Triratna News on Fri, 18 Jul, 2014 - 00:40

Buddhists betray the Dharma in Burma?

Posted by Munisha to Triratna News 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

Posted by Munisha to Triratna News 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

Posted by Munisha to European Chairs' Assembly 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...