Sitagu Sayadaw attends interfaith summit in Israel
PROMINENT monk Sitagu Sayadaw has been received by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, as the abbot travelled to represent Myanmar’s Buddhist population at an interfaith conference.
Religious leaders from around the world were met by Mr Netanyahu and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs office on September 12.
Sitagu Sayadaw gifted Mr Netanyahu a book of the Buddha’s teachings, which the Israeli PM reportedly promised he would read.
The “Ancient Traditions, Contemporary Realities: A Meeting of IsraelAsia Faith Leaders” conference began on September 11 and will conclude tomorrow.
Religious leaders from India, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Canada and the United States were also in attendance.
Speaking at the conference, Sitagu Sayadaw said humans routinely overlook the universal truth of religions, which results in “a lack of love, compassion, tolerance, forgiveness and understanding in the mind of the individual” – something he said has broader implications for world affairs.
“When there is no peace within the individual, then there can be no peace in the world,” he said. “Violence and peace can never coexist.”
Today the delegates are scheduled to see sites of religious significance in Jerusalem.