Posts Tagged ‘Theravada’

The Curse Of Intolerance

July 22, 2013

The Curse Of Intolerance  July 11, 2013

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“Beloved-of-the-Gods, King Piyadasi desires that all religions should reside everywhere….” Ashokan Rock Edict 7

The attack on Buddha Gaya is an outrage.

When the religious of the different religions refuse to coexist, when they accrue unto themselves the exclusive ownership of spiritual truths or geographic spaces, when rulers see in religions (and in the credulous religious) a means to temporal-power, societal-violence proliferates, wars ensue and tragedy strikes.

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Five Precepts of Buddhist Myanmar Military ျမန္မာ့တပ္မေတာ္ရဲ့ ဗုဒၶဘာသာ

December 8, 2012

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From Wikipedia>>>The Five Precepts (Pali: pañca-sīlāni; Sanskrit: pañca-śīlāni)[1] constitute the basic Buddhist code of ethics, undertaken by lay followers (Upāsaka and Upāsikā) of the Buddha Gautama in the Theravada as well as in Mahayana traditions. The precepts in both traditions are essentially identical and are commitments to abstain from harming living beings, stealing, sexual misconduct, lying and intoxication. Undertaking the five precepts is part of both lay Buddhist initiation and regular lay Buddhist devotional practices.

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A TIME TO PAUSE AND THINK by Dr. Thane Oke Kyaw-Myint

July 7, 2012

Source:A TIME TO PAUSE AND THINK by the FB of Thane Oke Kyaw-Myint

Like many of us, I felt very sad on hearing and reading about the civil unrest in Rakhine State. I learned that it started as a case of sexual assault, in which the perpetrators were of a different religion as well as ‘ethnicity’. The resentment and anger over this had led to people being hurt and killed, houses, monasteries and mosques being damaged and burnt and had become more a racial and religious conflict with much then anger and resentment over the case.

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Burma seen as ‘Periphery of China’

December 2, 2010

Source: Kings of Burma

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Salience of Ethnicity among Burman Muslims:A Study in Identity Formation

October 27, 2010
The 14 states and divisions of Burma.

Image via Wikipedia

Source: Khin Maung Yin, “Salience of Ethnicity among Burman Muslims:
A Study in Identity Formation”

Abstract: Muslims, constituting about thirteen percent of the total population of Myanmar or Burma are not a monolithic group and are unable to provide a united front in their struggle to realize their just demands. They are divided into many groups and their relationship with each other is conflictual. As the cases of Indian and Bamar (Burman) Muslims show, they rely upon ethnicity, rather than religion, for identity formation and self-expression.  (more…)