Burmese monk Wirathu made worldwide headlines earlier this week for a disparaging comment he’d made about a U.N. human-rights envoy.
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How have Buddhists become implicated in one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world? Randy Rosenthal looks through history to understand how a religion of peace has become a justification for violence.
Michael Jerryson reports on the growing tension between Buddhists and Muslims, in which senior Buddhist monks actively incite violence and intolerance.
Barbet Schroeder’s latest documentary on Myanmar’s anti-Islam monk, Venerable Wirathu, screened at the Cannes Film Festival Saturday.
Buddhism is a religion of peace. So why do some monks carry guns and preach hatred? In this conversation with Lion’s Roar, religious studies professor Michael Jerryson says that, if you look closely, “violence abounds” in Buddhist doctrine.
On February 27, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) was ordered to close all its long-established clinics in Myanmar/Burma. They were accused of giving preferential treatment to Muslim Rohingya people.
Aung San Suu Kyi and her government have begun to address Buddhist-led violence against Muslims after many months of silence.
On Sunday, The Daily Beast reported on an upsurge of support for presidential hopeful Donald Trump from an unlikely place: Buddhist temples in Burma.
Burma’s official organizing body for Buddhist monks has firmly rejected the “969” movement.
Is the ethnic cleansing in Myanmar rooted in religion, or is it fundamentally a manifestation of secular right-wing nationalism? Khin Mai Aung looks at the role of Buddhism in Myanmar’s ongoing genocide.