The 2013 International Network of Engaged Buddhists Biennial Conference took place from 27 October to 4 November in Malaysia. The relevant theme ‘Peace and Sustainability’ was well received by INEB’s partners and stimulated many useful discussions.
The conference started with Interfaith Youth Camp for Social Justice, Peace and Sustainability, where over 30 interfaith activists from 10 countries participated. For five days participants shared stories and experiences with friends. In addition, they carefully listened to Buddhists and Muslims from Burma (Myanmar?) and Indonesia about the complexity of Buddhist-Muslim religious conflict. To gain exposure to peace and sustainability in the local context activists visited Department of National Unity and Integration in Putrajaya and communities in Melaka.
International Buddhist-Muslim Forum on Peace and Sustainability was held on 1 November at Institut Kefahaman Islum. There, participants learned about issues affecting Buddhists and Muslims as well as ways to constructively overcome religious conflicts through peace building initiatives. After the forum, an international platform for Buddhist-Muslim Relations was set up to accommodate emerging various collaborations.Vol.30-No.1-Jan.-Apr.-2557-2014