!! #BURMA #FB #FAKE #MONKS #Township #Sangha #Sayadaws

3 villagers dressed as “Monks” drinking and dancing during waterfestival have been called by Township Sangha Sayadaws. Buddhist Burmese community get outcry over on Facebook posted images of the 3 villagers.

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To Minbu District Governor General and local authorities
Township of Religious Affairs Officer

#Buddhists #Protest #Mosque #Construction in #Northern #Thailand

ကုလားဗလီေဆာင္ရန္တာစုေနျခင္းကုိကန္ ့ကြက္
နန္ျပည္နယ္။ ထုိင္းလန္းဒ္ – မတ္လ (၂) ရက္၊ ၂၀၁၅
ထုိင္းႏုိင္ငံေျမာက္ပုိင္း နန္ျပည္နယ္ရွိ ဘုန္းႀကီးေက်ာင္း
တခုတြင္ ဗုဒၶဘာသာ၀င္ထုိင္းလူမ်ဳိး တစ္ေထာင္ေက်ာ္မွ
ယင္းတုိ ့ခရုိင္တြင္ ကုလားဗလီတစ္ခုတည္ေဆာက္ရန္
ႀကံစည္ေနမူအား ကန္ ့ကြက္ဆႏၵျပခဲ့ၾကသည္။
အဆုိပါစုရုံးကန္ ့ကြက္ျခင္း၏အေျခခံအေၾကာင္းရင္း
မွာ ေဒသခံမြတ္ဆလင္မ်ားက နမ္ကဲန္းခရုိင္တြင္ေျမ
တစ္ကြက္၀ယ္ယူထားခဲ့ၿပိး ကုလားဗလီေဆာက္မည္
ဟူေသာသတင္းေၾကာင့္ဟု သိရသည္။ cr.Hlaing Bwa

02/3/2015  NAN — More than 1,000 Buddhists gathered by a temple in northern Thailand yesterday to protest a plan to construct a mosque in Nan province. The rally came in response to news that a group of local Muslims had purchased a plot of land in Nam Kaen subdistrict, where they said they intended to build a house of worship. Khaosod English 02 March 2015, Last update at 14:34:00 GMT Email Font Size PrintBuddhists Protest Mosque Construction in Northern Thailand NAN — More than 1,000 Buddhists gathered by a temple in northern Thailand yesterday to protest a plan to construct a mosque in Nan province. The rally came in response to news that a group of local Muslims had purchased a plot of land in Nam Kaen subdistrict, where they said they intended to build a house of worship. Advertisement Buddhists gather at Phra That Chae Haeng Temple to protest the construction of a mosque in Nan province, 1 March 2015. NORTH THAILAND BUDDHIST PROTEST After gathering in front of Phra That Chae Haeng Temple yesterday, more than 1,o00 white-clad protesters, who were joined by Buddhist monks and novices, marched to Nan City Hall and submitted a letter urging the provincial government to halt the mosque project. The letter insisted that opposition to the mosque was not motivated by “religious persecution,” but rather dissatisfaction with the lack of transparency and public consultation over the project. The letter also cited other concerns, such as “noise pollution,” “differences in lifestyle and culture” between Buddhists and Muslims, and possible “unrest and violence” that could follow the construction of the mosque. One banner held up by a demonstrator yesterday said: “If Muslims want a land of peace, they must go and make the 3 southern border provinces peaceful first,” a reference to Thailand’s Muslim-majority Deep South, where Islamic militants have been battling security forces since 2004 in an effort to secede from the nation. According to a representative from the Muslim group in Nan, the nearest mosque is 130km away in a neighboring province. “It’s not convenient for us to travel, and it’s dangerous, because some people have to travel by motorcycles, so I think there should be a mosque as a community center for Muslim brothers and sisters,” Imaam Yarin was quoted as saying by Thai Rath newspaper. “Furthermore, tourists from neighboring provinces, including foreigners and individuals who are Muslim, can visit the mosque. It will lead to more spending in the region.” Yet a Facebook page that helped organize yesterday’s demonstration, called “Nan Residents Against Mosque,” cast the construction project as a direct assault on Buddhism. “The religion of Buddha has been bullied enough. The last stronghold of Buddha’s religion in Thailand is the city of Nan,” read a post that urged others to join the protest. “Our ancestors have established Buddha’s religion in this land of Dharma. The children of Nan must defend it. Do not let others trample on it.” http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1425282802&typecate=06&section=

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ေနာက္ကြယ္မွာ ဘာေတြရိွေနသလဲ……. သိဖို႔လုိပါတယ္။

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I THINK THE WORLD OF HUMAN RIGHTS HAS EVELOPED A WEAPON “HUMANRIGHTS WEAPON”…

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Ceremony on protecting nationality, religion and Sassana held in Yangon

Esteemed monks from Mogok Vipassana League called for monks to preach in accordance to Buddhist teachings and not resort to hurting other religions.

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Over 150 monks from Mogok Vipassana League attended the ceremony on protecting nationality, religion and Sassana which was held at their headquarters in Yangon on Wednesday.

“[Monks] need to prioritise our own nationality, religion and Sassana and preach to make people believe while ensuring not to disturb other people and hurt other religions. We all need to avoid extremism and act in accordance with the truthful doctrine of the Buddha,” said venerable monk Agga Nyana.

The meeting comes as Buddhist monks have come under the scrutiny of the international press. TIME magazine’s July cover featured controversial Mandalay monk, U Wirathu citing cases of religious hatred and extremism. The article was met with strong condemnation in Myanmar, which is a majority Buddhist country, leading the government to ban the issue over fear of inciting more hatred.

The world has accused us of being religious and social extremists. We have to keep denying this. We also have to prevent ourselves [from becoming extremists]. We have to build trust in Sassana. If we do this, our Sassana will not disappear in our lifetime,” said senior monk Dr Sandavarabivamsa.

Religious violence between Buddhists and Muslims has spread across different towns and cities in Myanmar this year, often fuelled by rumours and hate speech. But as Myanmar embarks on a series of reforms opening up to the outside world many Buddhists feel that their time-old traditions are under threat.

This has led to numerous debates in the media about whether there should be law to protect religion. During the ceremony, Dr Sandavarabivamsa echoed opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, in saying that building peoples faith more than laws was what was important to maintain religion.

“It is our duty to make people with weak faith to have stronger faith. We have to make our devotees have strong faith in Sassana. Monks are the only method to make [them] have strong faith… The monks shouldn’t act carelessly. We have to give sermons about religion,” he added.

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A draft law proposed by Buddhist monks that would restrict interreligious marriage threatens to divide the Buddhist community in Burma, according to a prominent 88 Generation Students group member.

Ko Ko Gyi, a senior leader from the pro-democracy group, said a more inclusive dialogue should be held before any law is submitted to Parliament.

“The law is a sensitive one,” he said. “We need to think about it very carefully and thoroughly, such as what potential negative effects it might have politically and socially. This is why I told the monks to have one more workshop to let all people be included to discuss it.”

The workshop would potentially be held within the next two weeks in Rangoon, according to Ko Ko Gyi.

The TIME Magazine, Media Ethics, and Religion

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The July issue of the TIME magazine features a front page cover story under the headline ‘The Face of Buddhist Terror’.

First, we deplore the indiscriminate use of religion in such a senseless sensation; and naive simplicity that Time’s writer Hannah Beech portrays this long-history of conflicts in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.

The Time article titled “When Buddhists Go Bad” highlighting activist monk U Wirathu, it depicts the peaceful religion of Buddhism to be on par with Islamic extremists and describes it as an extremist religion.

Incidents relating to Buddhist monks in Thailand and Sri Lanka were included as cases of point in the article.

The article did connect this with the infiltration of Bengalis, which are separated from Buddhism in Myanmar, with its main aim on downgrading Buddhism.

Which is terror coverage of religion was to have been about Islam, surely Time’s writer would have face a death threat for her insult and subject to extremism.

But in this land, we Buddhists must show gentle and resonate reactions to deformed writing that looks down on Buddhism.

The ethics of the influential TIME magazine must now come under public scrutiny.

Not so long ago, Newsweek magazine ran financial calamity. We could not suspect that Time has ‘marketing’ intent in this senseless sensationalism of, arguably, the world’s most peaceful religion.

The author of this article, Hannah Beech, recently met and interviewed the top-level officials of the Myanmar government including the President.

However, in her article, she did not include the historical and the circumstances behind the present conflicts, and a balanced view from all sides.

It was simply branded a religious violence and only fingered were pointed at Buddhism with a note of sarcasm.

Furthermore, the article implies that the wars in the Kachin State have been caused by conflicts between Buddhists and Christians and the Bengali issues are conflicts between Buddhists and Muslims.

The article adds fuel to the fire and could worsen the biases in favour of the conspirators who want to manipulate the bloodbath for their line term political gains.

The Daily Eleven would like to urge all Buddhists not to forget the peacefulness of Buddhism and be articulate resonate in their responses.

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Myanmar Islam association says riots are not motivated by religion

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Ongoing riots in Myanmar are not conflicts between Buddhists and Muslims but are intentionally planned by a certain group of perpetrators, according to a statement released by the All Myanmar Islam Association on Tuesday.

The six-point statement said that the religious issue has been exaggerated into the main issue for the conflict. Riots are intentionally created by the ill-will of perpetrators who want to damage the peace and tranquility of the state, the statement said without naming the perpetrators.

The statement also said the people who want to live peacefully are opposed to the riots.
The statement blames authorities, saying they have poorly handled the riots in which lives and property of Muslims were lost or destroyed.

The association also called on the government to take immediate action against any person or organisation that had a hand in the rioting, in accordance with the law.

The Islam Association expressed thanks to the monks, Buddhist laypeople, Christians and Hindus who helped and guarded Muslim people during the crisis without showing discrimination.

Christians in Burma’s former capital of Rangoon find themselves in a precarious state as local authorities on Monday banned the holding of regular church services and threatened to seal off churches if congregations failed to comply.

mizzima: The Kyauktada Township Peace and Development Council on Monday summoned a meeting of local church pastors from leading downtown Rangoon churches and informed them to stop the conduct of worship services in residential apartments.

“They [the authorities] warned us that our churches would be sealed off if we continue worshipping,” said a pastor of a church in Pabedan Township who attended the meeting.

The pastor, who requested anonymity for fear of reprisal, told Mizzima that nearly 50 church leaders and pastors who attended the meeting were made to sign more than five papers of pledges concerning the cessation of church services.

“The papers also said that we could be punished [and could be jailed] if we fail to obey the order and the church would be sealed off,” the pastor said.

When contacted by Mizzima, an official at the Kyauktada Township Peace and Development Council office confirmed a meeting was held on Monday but declined to further elaborate on the substance of the ensuing dialogue.

However, according to the pastor, authorities sent an invitation to representatives from over 100 churches, mostly located in the downtown Rangoon area, and informed them of the new order. continue http://www.mizzima.com/news/inside-burma/1514-rangoons-christians-banned-from-worshiping.html