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    International Buddhist leaders urge Burmese to show compassion for Rohingyas

    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.

    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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