Inter-faith dialogue focuses on building peace

Prominent members of the Buddhist, Islamic and Christian communities at an Inter-faith dialogue held at the Parkroyal hotel in Yangon on January 19.

Among those pictured are the Sitagu Sayadaw, the Venerable Dr Ashin Nyanissara (fourth from right), the Venerable U Wirathu (fourth from left). Haji U Aye Lwin, from the Islamic Center of Myanmar (fifth from right) and Professor Dr Saw Hlaing Bwa, from the Myanmar Institute of Theology, Judson Research Centre (sixth from left).

The religious roots of social harmony was the focus of an inter-faith dialogue held in Yangon on January 19.
The dialogue, which brought together prominent members of the Buddhist, Islamic and Christian communities, was one of the first of its kind to be held in Myanmar.

The event, at the Parkroyal Hotel, was organized by a civil society group, Religions for Peace, in cooperation with the Institute of the Study of Human Rights and Religions for Peace at Columbia University in the United States.

Among those who took part in the dialogue were the Sitagu Sayadaw, the Venerable Dr Ashin Nyanissara, Haji U Aye Lwin, from the Islamic Center of Myanmar and Professor Dr Saw Hlaing Bwa, from the Myanmar Institute of Theology, Judson Research Centre.

The British ambassador, Mr Andrew Patrick, and the deputy head of mission at the US embassy, Ms Virginia Murray, were also among those who participated in the event.

Haji U Aye Lwin said the main topics of discussion included building peace among members of different faiths, strategies for avoiding conflict and creating understand by educating citizens about different religions.

Referring to the establishment of ‘Dhamma schools’ to raise awareness about maintaining peace among those of different faiths, Haji U Aye Lwin said the Islamic community wanted permission to establish similar teaching groups.

Religions for Peace was established on September 12, 2012, to work for the peaceful co-existence of members of different faiths in Myanmar.

Mizzima,20 Gen,2014

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