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Buddhists Show Support Of Rohingyas

Buddhist leaders from around the world issued a statement that urged Buddhists in Burma to show compassion and respect to the Muslims in Rakhine State. Many Buddhists in that state have been complicit in holding demonstrations and acting violently toward the Rohingya Muslims. 

“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.” 

Although the Dalai Lama didn’t receive the statement in time to sign it, he did put his support behind it. The letter was signed by the following Buddhist leaders: 

Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, Vietnam
Ven. Bhikku Bodhi, President Buddhist Global Relief, Sri Lanka/USA
Dr. AT Ariyaratne, Founder Nationwide Sarvodaya Movement, Gandhi 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 Amarvati 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

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