More statements against violence from the Burmese Buddhist Sangha

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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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