Opening of the 2021 Shenzhen Roundtable on South China Sea Buddhism

London, UK, 24 Dec. Dec. 9, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The 2021 Shenzhen Roundtable on South China Sea Buddhism was held in Shenzhen. Guests from 18 countries and regions, including Cambodia, Laos, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Mongolia and Myanmar, attended the meeting through physical and virtual participation. Centered around the theme “Building Compassion and Illuminating the Heart, Fighting COVID and Preserving Peace”, the meeting featured equal dialogue, candid conversations, idea sharing and stocktaking, hoping to use Buddhist kindness to bring spiritual comfort to the suffering. of the pandemic. International political figures and former political leaders, including Deputy Prime Minister of Cambodia Men Sam An, Deputy Prime Minister of Mongolia S.Amarsaikhan, Chairman of the Lao Front for National Development Sinlavong Khoutphayhoune, former Prime British Minister Tony Blair, sent congratulatory letters and messages to the conference.

Laos has been invited to be the guest of honor at this year’s event. By the end of 2021, China has proposed a joint strategic project with Laos to “transform the landlocked country into a land-bound country”. The China-Laos Railway has been completed and opened to traffic, bringing new benefits to the Lao people and enhancing mutual support and exchanges between Chinese and Lao Buddhist communities. His Holiness Maha Bounma Simmaphom, Vice President of the Central Buddhist Fellowship Orgnization of Lao PDR, said many Buddhist and Buddhist leaders from around the world have attended previous editions of the roundtable.

Chinese master Yin Shun makes a six-point proposal with calls for a joint pandemic response.

Yin Shun, vice president of the Buddhist Association of China and abbot of Shenzhen Hongfa Temple, gave a keynote address. He said the presence and free discussions of eminent monks from the South China Sea region are the best illustration of religious freedom, people-to-people ties and the shared destiny of the Buddhist community around the world.

Master Yin Shun said that this year’s round table marks a new beginning of another five-year plan, and in the next five years, the round table will open its arms to more countries and regions, making it a port for the souls of believers. He made six proposals: First, fight COVID and comfort the people. The Roundtable Secretariat will set up a charity office dedicated to South China Sea Buddhism to strengthen cooperation against COVID-19 for the Buddhist community in South China Sea countries and beyond. Second, stick together and create synergy. Continuous efforts should be made to implement the consensus reached at the round table over the past five years, seek common ground while reserving differences, make joint efforts to protect the South China Sea, pursue common development and create a better future, jointly enhance the power of speech and the visibility of Buddhism in the South China Sea, and adapt to the changing times to revalorize the notion of “community of shared destiny for the region”. Third, stimulate exchanges and mutual learning for harmony among nations. Buddhist leaders from all countries and regions in the South China Sea will continue to make regular exchange visits, promote communication and mutual learning, enhance national friendships and enhance cooperation in various fields. Fourth, relieve suffering and convey Buddhist compassion. The Shenzhen Hongfa Temple Charity Foundation will be used to communicate and coordinate poverty alleviation and relief programs in the region. Fifth, protect the environment and preserve a green world. The Secretariat of the Shenzhen Roundtable on South China Sea Buddhism and the South China Sea Buddhism Foundation will cooperate with Buddhist temples and monasteries in various countries and regions in the South China Sea to carry out campaigns environmental, engaging more Buddhists to participate in, contribute to, and advocate for global ecological progress. Sixth, strengthen self-discipline and cultivate good conduct. Buddhists should remain modest and disciplined, restrain their behavior, strengthen their beliefs, guard against wrongdoing, and purify their hearts.

Monks suggest stronger cooperation through Buddhist compassion.

During the panel discussion, eminent monks expressed their desire to reach consensus through Buddhist wisdom and compassion. Ku Mara Bhivamsa, Chairman of the Linguee Tutor Committee of Myanmar, urged all parties to unite to eliminate all suffering of people around the world. He quoted the Ratana Sutra and called for concerted efforts for a better future, including: 1) All people in the world should be just, avoid cheating, wrongdoing and evil deeds; 2) Be loyal to each other and build trust; 3) Despite different beliefs, religions and nationalities, efforts should be made to find solutions through dialogues without hate speech; 4) Help all living beings without love and great compassion; 5) Overcome all challenges through discussions and fair judgment, foster exchanges and dialogues for future cooperation.

Different schools of Buddhism share the same root and origin. Buddhist believers from the South China Sea region took an active part in the roundtable with deep friendship, kinship and blood ties.

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  • Opening of the 2021 Shenzhen Roundtable on South China Sea Buddhism