I strive to live by principles of nonviolence and compassionate action, and stand in solidarity with all those who suffer from oppression of any kind. As a Theravada Buddhist teacher, I am disturbed to know of the discrimination, hate speech, and ethic cleansing in Myanmar (formerly Burma). I feel particularly troubled and heartbroken to know that there are members of the monastic Buddhist sangha who actively support such actions, or who are complicit through their silence. As such, I invite you to join me and other Buddhist practitioners in speaking out against such violence. I invite you to:
Sign this letter to the Myanmar State Sangha and government officials, urging them to condemn the violence and support the refugees.
Donate to respected nonprofit organizations working on the ground in the Rohingya refugee camps. A list of reliable orgs can be found online here.
Spread the word. Share this information with friends and sangha; share on social media and email.