Public Statement

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Since the beginning of the demonstration by the United front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), aka ?Red Shirts?, on 12 March 2010, there have been many hundreds of casualties. In the past five days, attempts to disperse the demonstration in Ratchaprasong have become been violent, with a further effect of provoking violence. The government?s actions have so far failed to deter the demonstrators.

The present clash of political views is one of the great crises in Siam?s modern history. The country was previously acclaimed for settling conflict peacefully and democratically. Now it appears that both sides, the government and the UDD, are clinging to an illusion of victory over another.  The entire nation is hostage to their conflict. Buddhist wisdom is relevant for those absorbed in hatred, greed and delusion. The Dhammapada, Verse 201 says:

 

Victory breeds hatred, for the conquered is unhappy. Persons who have given up both victory and defeat, the contented, they are happy.

The International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB), representing a diversity of socially engaged buddhists from around the world, is gravely concerned about this standoff. We wish for all parties address the conflict with reason and tools of peace, to recognize the ancient Buddhist wisdom that neither the so-called winner nor loser will be contented and happy. We encourage those who do not fall into one of the two camps can help this process wherever possible.  Only through peaceful negotiation and dialogue can all parties concerned return the country to its true nature as a flourishing democracy and a peace-loving nation. 

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Our heartfelt plea is for both parties to stop any act that may cost lives and injuries;  to reclaim the time-tested wisdom of reconciliation and nonviolence. 

Whenever INEB can help bridge the gap between the opposed parties we are willing to do all that we can.

We trust that in the light of upcoming international Vesakh celebrations in Thailand, supported by the United Nations 22-26 May 2010 and the subsequent local Vesakh celebrations, commemorating the birth, enlightenment and the passing away of the Lord Buddha, all parties will unite in taking responsibility for their conduct and for bringing about lasting peace, transformation towards social justice and shared wellbeing for future generations. 

To close, in Verse 5 of the Dhammapada the Buddha proclaims:

Hatred is never appeased by hatred in this world. By love alone is hatred appeased. This is an eternal law.

 

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Patron, Advisory Committee and Executive Committee Name Lists

 

PATRONS

His Holiness the Dalai Lama   Tibet

Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh   France/Vietnam 

Venerable Phra Rajpanyamedhi   Siam (Thailand)  

Venerable Bhikshuni Chao Hwei  Taiwan

 

ADVISORY COMMITTEE (AC)

Name

Organisation

Country

Sulak Sivaraksa (Founder Chair)

Santi Pracha Dhamma Institute www.sulak-sivaraksa.org

Siam

Raja Dharmapala

Dharmavedi Institute

Sri Lanka

Jill Jameson

Buddhist Peace Fellowship Australia

Australia

Dharmachari Lokamitra

Jambudvipa Trust www.jambudvipa.org

India

Ven. Tsering Palmo

Ladakh Nuns Association

Ladakh/India

Phra Maha Boonchuay

Mahachulalongkorn University http://www.mcu.ac.th

Siam

Phra Phaisan Visalo

Buddhika Network for Buddhism and Society http://www.budnet.org

Siam

Bhikkhuni Dhammananda

Songdhammakalyani Monastery

Siam

Venetia Walkey

Dhamma Park Foundation www.dhammapark.com

Siam

Ven. Pomnyun Sunim

Jungto Society www.jungto.org

South Korea

Rev. Alan Senauke

Clear View Project www.clearviewproject.org

USA

Ven. Sumanalankar

Parbatya Bouddha Mission www.pbm-cht.org

Bangladesh

Hisashi Nakamura

Ryukoku University www.ryukoku.ac.jp

Japan

Rev. Masazumi Okano

International Buddhist Exchange Center

Japan

Swee-hin Toh

University for Peace www.upeace.org

Costa Rica

Frans Goetghebeur

European Buddhist Union www.e-b-u.org

Belgium

 

EXECUTICE COMMITTEE (EC)

Name

Organisation

Country

Harsha Navaratne (Chairperson)

Sewalanka Foundation www.sewalanka.org

Sri Lanka

Hans van Willenswaard (Vice Chairperson)

GNH Program www.schoolforwellbeing.org

Netherlands/Siam

Somboon Chungprempree (Interim Executive Secretary)

Spirit in Education Movement (SEM) www.semsikkha.org

Siam

Douangdeuane Bounyavong

Buddhists for Development www.bdp.org.la

Laos

Hsiang-chou Yo

Fo Guang University www.fgu.edu.tw

Taiwan

Jonathan Watts

Think Sangha

USA/Japan

Anchalee Kurutach

Buddhist Peace Fellowship www.bpf.org

USA

Poolchawee Ruangwichatorn

Spirit in Education Movement (SEM) www.semsikkha.org

Siam

Pipob Udomittipong

Sathirakoses-Nagapradipa Foundation (SNF) www.snf.or.th

Siam

Ros Sotha

Buddhists and Khmer Society Networkwww.bksn.wordpress.com

Cambodia

Mangesh Dahiwale

Jambudvipa Trust www.jambudvipa.org

India

Prashant Varma

Deer Park Institute www.deerpark.in

India

Erica Kang

Jungto Society www.jungto.org

South Korea

Minyong Lee

 

South Korea

Eddy Setiawan

HIKMAHBUDHI www.hikmahbudhi.or.id

Indonesia

Matteo Pistono

Nekorpa and RIGPA Fellowship

USA

Tashi Zangmo

 

Bhutan

Vidyananda (KV Soon)

 

Malaysia

Harn

 

Burma/Myanmar

Seeds of Peace

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