The All Burma Monk Alliance (ABMA) is organizing the members of monastery schools throughout Burma to unite on October 3rd, a full-moon day. At 7:30 am, Burma’s monks will joint in a Pali recitation of “The Manual of the Buddhist Priest”.

Open Letter Calls for Peaceful Pali Recitation
Tue 15 Sep 2009, Asah, IMNA
The All Burma Monk Alliance (ABMA) is organizing the members of monastery schools throughout Burma to unite on October 3rd, a full-moon day. At 7:30 am, Burma’s monks will joint in a Pali recitation of “The Manual of the Buddhist Priest”.

This peaceful protest is being organized in response to the increased governmental surveillance of Burma’s monastic community since 2007’s “Saffron Revolution”, when the nation’s monks led massive protests against the government’s removal of oil subsidies.

In an open Pali letter being distributed throughout Burma’s monastery schools, ABMA points arbitrary arrests, beatings, and incarcerations of monks as the protest’s motivation; the letter also argues that Burma’s military government, while predominately Buddhist, shows very little respect to the nation’s monastic community.

“This letter has spread through every monastery school in Burma. This Pali letter is also being spread online and through personal email. This letter requests one thing: if anyone accepts a letter, they must help spread it. So we are copying it through print, through hand writing, and through machine,” stated a monk.

As the September 26 anniversary of the “Saffron Revolution” draws near, the SPDC has increased its surveillance of monastic activities.

“Burmese government authorities have been tightening security during the oil alms and rice donation to the monks. They are Buddhist but they do not care. It is very difficult to go to anywhere for monk because if more than three monks go somewhere, the government follows what monk do. Now, monks are checked more than normal people,” a monk youth added.

According to a monk studying in Moulmein Monastery School, the upcoming 2010 elections look dire for both Burma’s monastic and civilian populations. The Burmese constitution, despite the referendum of 2008, automatically gives Burma’s State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) 25% of the nation’s parliamentary seats.

On the 9th of September, the Sangha League- Myanmar group, sent out their own open letter to the Burmese military government, calling for democracy.
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