Mainstream Buddhist clerics are among the growing chorus of voices speaking out against the divisive activities of Buddhist nationalist group Ma Ba Tha.
We are a “Buddhist missionary organisation, made up of monks and laymen who share the same vision,” says Ma-Ba-Tha.
Closing arguments are heard in the trial of writer Htin Linn Oo, who stands accused of blasphemy charges for criticising the Buddhist monk-led Ma-ba-tha.
Those taking offence might also be prompted to reflect on the centrality of the idea of non-attachment and understand that their resentment is a hindrance upon the Buddhist path.
Uttara, a Burma-born UK passport holder, along with four other monks – Paññāsara, Neindira, Tazeina and Sondrasiri – are taken to court charged with religious offences.
Rangoon’s Mahasantisukha Monastery is raided by Religious Affairs officials and riot police. The monastery is at the heart of a land dispute between the clergy and a renowned dissident abbot.