Sitagu Sayadaw will lead a sermon in Mandalay, combating the spread of “extreme opinions” of the “969” campaign,

New committee planning anti-extremist sermon day By Khin Su Wai   |   Thursday, 25 April 2013

The Venerable Sitagu Sayadaw will lead a sermon in Mandalay next month aimed at combating the spread of “extreme opinions”, particularly the “969” campaign, organisers of the event say.

“We are arranging to hold a preaching event with Sitagu Sayadaw and other monks to control extreme opinions found on the 969 campaign preaching CDs. We also hope to distribute recording of Sitagu Sayadaw’s sermon,” said Daw Amar Ni of the newly formed Committee of Prevention for the Creation of Riots (Mandalay).

The location and date of the event has not yet been confirmed, she said.

The committee was established shortly after the Meiktila riots as a means of publicly opposing hateful messages. Daw Amar Ni said the movement to strengthen the voices who oppose the violence is spreading to other regions and more than 80 young National League of Democracy members have recently joined the Mandalay group.

Daw Amar Ni said she and others involved in the committee felt the need to act after realising the impact the “969” sermons were having on friends and family.

“My son listened to extreme Buddhist doctrine at our neighbour’s house,” she said.
“I realise the extremist opinions are widely spread after the violence that took place in Meiktila … the aim of the committee is to give real information and wipe out the rumours.”

“We aim to ensure that this democratic country has freedom of worship.”  

The committee’s efforts, she said, are already having an effect. During Thingyan, Daw Amar Ni said rumours began to spread in Mandalay that someone had been splashed with acid in Pyin Oo Lwin.

“We were able to spread the message that the rumour was not true after we enquired at clinics and hospitals with the help of young monks from the Asia Alin Yaung Monastery,” she said.

The committee has also distributed 20,000 pamphlets with signatures and quotations from monks who oppose the violence. It was established after collaborating with local monks and other religious leaders to educate the public, she said.

There are seven sub-committees within the committee.

Ironically, one of committee’s leading members is Sayadaw Wirathu, who has been accused of initiating the 969 campaign, which encourages Buddhists to only frequent businesses run by other Buddhists.

The committee also features Sayadaw U Satetita from Asia Alin Yaung Monastery, Sayadaw U Withuta from the Yay Taw Monastery and Sayadaw U Tayzar Bartha from the Kan Tat Kone Monastery.
– Translated by Zar Zar Soe

THE Venerable Sitagu Sayadaw will lead a sermon in Mandalay next month aimed at combating the spread of “extreme opinions”, particularly the “969” campaign, organisers of the event say.

“We are arranging to hold a preaching event with Sitagu Sayadaw and other monks to control extreme opinions found on the 969 campaign preaching CDs. We also hope to distribute recording of Sitagu Sayadaw’s sermon,” said Daw Amar Ni of the newly formed Committee of Prevention for the Creation of Riots (Mandalay).

The location and date of the event has not yet been confirmed, she said.

The committee was established shortly after the Meiktila riots as a means of publicly opposing hateful messages. Daw Amar Ni said the movement to strengthen the voices who oppose the violence is spreading to other regions and more than 80 young National League of Democracy members have recently joined the Mandalay group.

Daw Amar Ni said she and others involved in the committee felt the need to act after realising the impact the “969” sermons were having on friends and family.

“My son listened to extreme Buddhist doctrine at our neighbour’s house,” she said. “I realise the extremist opinions are widely spread after the violence that took place in Meiktila … the aim of the committee is to give real information and wipe out the rumours.”

“We aim to ensure that this democratic country has freedom of worship.”

The committee’s efforts, she said, are already having an effect. During Thingyan, Daw Amar Ni said rumours began to spread in Mandalay that someone had been splashed with acid in Pyin Oo Lwin.

“We were able to spread the message that the rumour was not true after we enquired at clinics and hospitals with the help of young monks from the Asia Alin Yaung Monastery,” she said.

The committee has also distributed 20,000 pamphlets with signatures and quotations from monks who oppose the violence. It was established after collaborating with local monks and other religious leaders to educate the public, she said. There are seven sub-committees within the committee.

Ironically, one of committee’s leading members is Sayadaw Wirathu, who has been accused of initiating the 969 campaign, which encourages Buddhists to only frequent businesses run by other Buddhists.

The committee also features Sayadaw U Satetita from Asia Alin Yaung Monastery, Sayadaw U Withuta from the Yay Taw Monastery and Sayadaw U Tayzar Bartha from the Kan Tat Kone Monastery. – Translated by Zar Zar Soe

 

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