Buddhist Monks as Hate Preachers & Sexual Abuse

There are some negative developments in the Buddhist world for which Buddhists should be ashamed, and if possible take up responsibility to counter them.

One of them is that the Rohingya – a Muslim minority in Burma – whom the BBC calls “one of the world’s most persecuted minority groups” face racist and violent abuse by Burmese Buddhists. There are also Buddhist monks who fuel this hate and ethnic conflicts by speeches that invoke hate and fear:

In case you have Facebook or YouTube accounts and you stumble over racism, religious intolerance and hate speeches by Buddhists I think it’s good to let those people – including Buddhist monks or nuns – know that this is unacceptable and wrong and to give good reasons why. (Without getting angry, just as a peaceful protest against such harmful acts which are contrary to a good heart and Buddha’s teachings.)

My contribution for peace, mutual understanding and to counter these negative development is this speech by His Holiness the Dalai Lama:

There are also good news from Burma like these:

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Although this doesn’t justify any violence by Buddhists against Muslims it should be noted that there is also violence by Muslims against Buddhists like in South Thailand or Bangladesh that is rarely reported in the news:

The Buddhist Community in Salzburg (BGS) in Austria published a resolution condemning the violence in Burma against Muslims but they make also clear that the conflicts in Burma and Sri Lanka are not religious in nature – as most of the media claim – but that these conflicts are of ethnic, social or racist origin. The BGS states, that 969 movement in Burma is not a Buddhist Buddhist movement but a racist Burmese movement and that the Burmese Buddhist monk Ashin Wirathu – who was sentenced to nine years in prison – abuses his robes by making himself the leader of racist Burmese while the current military government does not much intervene – quite likely to find an argument to not pass over their power to a civil government.

There are also recently reported or discussed cases of child and sexual abuse:

Something inspiring:

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  Last edited by tenpel on September 21, 2013 at 12:35 am

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  1. very sadly – the monastic scenario is really an institution for badly behaved mentally plus criminally insanes . this is a waste of time for genuine practitioners & animals – who wish to progress but need firstly an absolute honest , balanced teachers .

    • I think your response to some wrong developments does neither help you nor others.
      Those who act badly harm themselves and others. But it is wrong to conclude from some people who act badly that all of the people of the group act badly and have to be condemned. Nobody would argue because there is sexual abuse in families (and this is – statistically proved – the place where most sexual abuse takes place!) that families are in general wrong. Similar it is incorrect and misleading to conclude from some monks acting badly that all monks act badly.

      Actual those monks who act badly harm themselves incredibly because they do not only harm their direct targets of harm and accumulate negative karma with respect to this but they accumulate negative karma also by contributing to distrust of the lay people and a bad reputation of the Sangha.

      There is also one fault in perception: those who act badly are noisy, they are easy to be recognized, however, the genuine ones, who practice and study hard or humbly help others are easily not seen because they make not such an emotionally impact on people as the noisy and bad mannered do.

  2. Carol McQuire says:

    The situation has been problematic in Burma for a long period of time and is much more complex than most of the recent press articles I have seen imply it to be. Here are some links to analyses made last year…

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/shedding-light-on-myanmars-sectarian-strife/article4548548/

    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2012-10/05/c_131889592.htm

    • Thank you, of course, it’s never simple, it’s complex. Nevertheless, one has to ask why in a Buddhist country an ethnic minority has become one of “the world’s most persecuted minority groups” (which is affirmed by the UN, when I remember correctly.)

      My question would also be what do the Buddhists to improve the situation?
      Why does Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize winner, remains silent on this?
      The Burmese military government spreads hate against the Rohingya Muslims. I would expect that there are some people who stand up against this.

  3. I updated the post with an article by Bhikkhu Sujato about nuns being raped:

    http://sujato.wordpress.com/2011/07/18/nuns-and-rape/

  4. I updated again the post balancing it with the following information:

    »The Buddhist Community in Salzburg (BGS) in Austria published a resolution condemning the violence in Burma against Muslims but they make also clear that the conflicts in Burma and Sri Lanka are not religious in nature – as most of the media claim – but that these conflicts are of ethnic, social or racist origin. The BGS states, that 969 movement in Burma is not a Buddhist Buddhist movement but a racist Burmese movement and that the Burmese Buddhist monk Ashin Wirathu – who was sentenced to nine years in prison – abuses his robes by making himself the leader of racist Burmese while the current military government does not much intervene – quite likely to find an argument to not pass over their power to a civil government.«

    I also added that there is much violence also against Buddhists by Muslims in Bangladesh and South Thailand.

    The key point if the addition is to avoid to not fall pray to the (sensationalist) tendency of the media to claims these conflicts were religious in nature while these are ethnic, social and racist conflicts.

    However, the violence is not Buddhist in nature too.

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