Burma & Tibet Peace Project 2014
The Steering Committee of the Seventh Buddhist Council provides spiritual support to Peace Projects, especially for Buddhist countries like Tibet and Burma. Therefore it presents a Peace Project for Tibet, which is composed of a series of pragmatic measures that are in favour of both the people of China and the people of Tibet in order to achieve harmony and Reconciliation between the two:
- Closure of the Tibetan government in exile (Dharamsala)
- Declaration of Spiritual Freedom for the Tibetan area.
- Tibet is assumed as a state belonging to China.
- Tibet shall elect their political representatives by means of democracy.
- The Dalai Lama shall not hold any political office.
- Buddhism shall not be governmentally regulated or influenced.
- The government of China shall reconstruct the thousands of Buddhist temples destroyed during the occupation.
- Tibet assumes the commitment to go towards the True Communism.
Burma Peace Project:
- Prohibiting the conflict between Buddhists and Muslims, promoting mutual coexistence of both groups (the first one being the broad majority).
- Supporting the pro-democratic activism and the political reforms aimed at establishing peace.
- Denouncing sectarianism and violent anti-Muslim activities undertaken by Buddhists as a way of False Buddhism.
- Any kind of anti-government activism on the part of Buddhist monks must be “peaceful resistance” and must never be used violence or aggressiveness.
- Every religious fanaticism or nationalist fanaticism must never be associated with Buddhism, as these ones are poisons for the mind and society.
- Facing the destruction of Buddha statues as those in Afghanistan, a genuine Buddhist must respond with detachment, since the Buddha nature cannot be destroyed. Besides, in Buddhism there must never be a ritualistic worship, but rather meditation practice.
- Assuming an international process of Buddhist ethical Judgement against the monk Wirathu and the “969 movement” in order to dictate whether they are being genuinely Buddhists.
- Support the use of Buddhist temples as refuge zones for those who are being persecuted (including Muslims).
- Claiming that the notion of “Buddhist terrorism” is an oxymoron, because the Buddhist Spirituality is pacifistic, tolerant and compassionate, being the expression of the reconciliation and the most important spiritual love in the history of humanity.
- A Buddhist cannot be involved in ethnic conflicts nor in paramilitary activities, not only for being illegal but also for being immoral.
- Denouncing to religious extremism as a “False Buddhism”, being against any incitement to violence from Buddhists, as has happened in Burma, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan, Nepal, Japan and Tibet.
- Prohibiting Islam phobia within Buddhism, by encouraging the creation of an Interreligious Dialogue between Buddhism and Islam in order to promote world peace.
- Supporting the Islamic vision of Allah as “the merciful”, which has profound Buddhist connotations associated with compassion, at the same time that it helps to Muslims to achieve world peace.
- Spreading the Islamic Spirituality of Sufism as a way of synthesis and Middle Way between Buddhism and Islam.