Sitagu Sayadaw at­tends in­ter­faith sum­mit in Is­rael

The Myanmar Times - - News - AUNG KYAW MIN aungkyawmin@mm­

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.

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