More statements against violence from the Burmese Buddhist Sangha


Some important statements made by Ashin Issariya in an interview with Portia Larlee in the Democratic Voice of Burma. Similar in some ways to the sentiments of Venerable Candima:

‘I got information from Meiktila after the riots in March 2013. I was told outsiders – a group who were not from the Meiktila – were seen on bikes with knives attacking Muslim homes. The police never try to stop them. I believe the military disguises people as Buddhists to start violence between Buddhists and Muslims. I believe the military does have a responsibility to prevent violence.

Religious violence happens when you do not have a peaceful mind. Soldiers, Christians, Muslims – everyone can have a peaceful mind. It doesn’t matter if you are Buddhist, you can still follow this peaceful Buddha way. I never hate; I teach anyone.’


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