International Buddhist leaders urge Burmese to show compassion for Rohingyas

International Buddhist leaders urge Burmese to show compassion for Rohingyas by Mizzima မဇၩိမ on  December 8, 2012

Seventeen Buddhist leaders from around the world—plus His Excellency the Dalai Lama in absentia—have issued a statement urging Buddhists in Burma to show mutual respect and compassion to Muslims in Rakhine State.

Burmese Buddhist monks rally on the streets of Mandalay on Sunday, September 2, 2012 as they support the country’s president, Thein Sein, who has called for the deportation of members of the Muslim minority Rohingyas, who live in Rakhine State. Photo: AFP

The statement comes after many Buddhist monks and abbots led demonstrations and advocated the removal of the Muslim Rohingya community from Burmese soil.

 

“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 statement said. “The Burmese are a noble people, and Burmese Buddhists carry a long and profound history of upholding the Dharma.

 

“We wish to reaffirm to the world and to support you in practicing the most fundamental Buddhist principles of non-harming, mutual respect and compassion.”

 

The letter was signed by the following:

Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

Nobel Peace Prize Nominee

Vietnam

 

Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi

President Buddhist Global Relief

(world’s foremost translator of the Pali Canon)

Sri Lanka/USA

 

Dr. AT Ariyaratne

Founder Nationwide Sarvodaya Movement

Ghandi Peace Prize Laureate

Sri Lanka

 

Ven. Chao Khun Raja Sumedhajahn

Elder, Ajahn Chah Monasteries

Wat Ratanavan, Thailand

 

Ven. Phra Paisal Visalo

Chair Buddhika Network Buddhism and Society

Thailand

 

Ven. Arjia Rinpoche VIII

Abbot Tibetan Mongolian Cultural Center

Mongolia/USA

 

Ven. Shodo Harada Roshi

Abbot Sogenji Rinzai Zen Monastery

Japan

 

Achariya Professor J Simmer Brown

Chairperson Buddhist Studies

Naropa Buddhist University

USA

 

Ven. Ajahn Amaro Mahathera

Abbot Amaravati Vihara

England

 

Ven. Hozan A Senauke

International Network of Engaged Buddhists

Worldwide

 

Younge Khachab Rinpoche VIII

Abbot Younge Drodul Ling

Canada

 

Ven. Sr. Thich Nu Chan Kong

President Plum Village Zen temples

France/Vietnam

 

Dr. Jack Kornfield Vipassana Achariya

Convener Western Buddhist Teachers Council

USA

 

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

Canada

 

Professor Robert Tenzin C. Thurman

Center for Buddhist Studies

Columbia University

USA

 

HH the XIV Dalai Lama

Nobel Laureate

Tibet/India

 

Though not able to be reached in time to sign this letter, HH the Dalai Lama has publicly and repeatedly stated his concern about the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. He urges everyone to continue to practice non-violence and retain the religious harmony that is central to our ancient and revered culture.

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