In an attempt to unite Buddhist nations in South East Asia and to pray for their safety from increasing Islam militant activities in the region, one million monks from several countries gathered to Thai Wattanaram temple on 25th December the Christmas day.
Monks that gathered prayed and meditated for several hours chanting Buddhist prayers for world peace. Two years ago, in a similar event held at the Phra Dhammakaya temple near Bangkok, more than one million children attended a similar session to pray for world peace.
Organizers claim that the world is unfairly accusing monks in Burma because there's a monk or two who are leading the defense movement of Buddhists in Rakhine. Bhante Mettawa from Vietnam stated that 99% of Monks in Burma and elsewhere where Islam militants are trying to destroy Buddhist culture are doing their best to build peace and coexist even with the eminent danger they face on a daily basis.
He added, "it won't be far that same accusation will come to Thai Monks who are trying to safeguard their country from insurgents in the southern Thai lands"
Organizers said that they believe when one million monks make prayers and meditate the pure energy created can be multiplied to achieve positive outcomes that would bring about peace to Buddhists in Muslim majority states.
"Buddhist monks are always the kindest, the most compassionate and patient. Our prayers are for the healing of Buddhists that are under the threat and also to heal the hearts of those who wish to destroy our culture in the region. We sincerely hope the insurgents in our countries understand that declaring separate state is never going to be a satisfiable desire. If they have a separate state they will later want to expand it. This is not the way forward. The way is to coexist anywhere with everyone without killing for boundaries" Said the chief organizer Thsem Whah Rinpoche.
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