Interfaith congress for peace held in Myanmar

An interfaith conference for peace was held in Myanmar at the International Business Centre (IBC) in Yangon on Feb 1.

Feb 14, 2018

YANGON: An interfaith conference for peace was held in Myanmar at the International Business Centre (IBC) in Yangon on Feb 1.

The International Civil Society Organisation for Heavenly Culture, World Peace and Restoration of Light (HWPL) from Korea, which promotes world peace, organised and led the conference.

Thanlyin Sitagu Buddha University Rector Ashin Thiha Nyarna speaking on the topic “Pragmatic methods for peace,” said that what is being done now would have consequences in the future, like the butterfly effect.

“The flapping of the tiny wings of a distant butterfly can influence the forming of a tornado in New York. Similarly, today’s movement for peace here is like the flapping of the tiny wings of a distant butterfly but it will certainly have a huge effect, in future, one day,”

At this conference, the Chairman of HWPL, the Chairman of Islam Religion Council, the Chief Priest of International Krishna Bawana Association, the rector of Thanlyin Sitagu Buddha University and the Myanmar Anglican Church bishop from Mandalay delivered speeches.

Myanmar Anglican Church of Mandalay Bishop David Nyi Nyi Naing said that with 135 different national races, who follow various faiths as well as some atheists in Myanmar, religious and political conflicts do happen.

So religious leaders have the responsibility of building peace in the nation for a better future, Myanmar Anglican Church Mandalay Bishop David Nyi Nyi Naing said.

President of the Islamic Religious Affairs Council Haji Nyunt Maung said, “In the backdrop of conflicts and civil war in the nation, the incumbent government of the Republic of Myanmar and ethnic armed organisations are working for a Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA).”

Chief priest of International Rama Krishna Bawana Association, Rama Sandras, said that all people should have a view of equality for everyone.

He said the feeling of being discriminated against results in unhappiness, distrust, instability and disharmony in the society so we should be aware of the need for equality.

This function was attended by about 500 people from various faiths including Buddhist monks and laymen, Christians and Muslims. --mizzima.com

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