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South China Sea Buddhism Roundtable 2021 opens in Shenzhen


London, UK, December 24, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – The 2021 South China Sea Buddhism Roundtable in Shenzhen was held in Shenzhen on December 9. Guests from 18 countries and regions, including Cambodia, Laos, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Mongolia and Myanmar, attended the meeting through physical and virtual participation. Focused on the theme “Building Compassion and Lightening the Heart, Fighting COVID and Preserving Peace,” the meeting featured equal dialogue, candid conversations, sharing of ideas and a census, in the hope of use Buddhist kindness to bring spiritual comfort to those who are suffering. of the pandemic. International politicians and former political leaders, including Deputy Prime Minister of Cambodia Men Sam An, Deputy Prime Minister of Mongolia S. Amarsaikhan, President of the Lao Front for National Development Sinlavong Khoutphayhoune, former Prime Minister British Minister Tony Blair, sent letters and messages of congratulations to the conference.

Laos has been invited to be the guest of honor at this year’s event. At the end of 2021, China proposed a joint strategic project with Laos to “transform the landlocked country into a country linked to the land”. The China-Laos Railway has been completed and opened to traffic, bringing new benefits to the Lao people and strengthening mutual assistance and exchanges between Chinese and Lao Buddhist communities. His Holiness Maha Bounma Simmaphom, vice president of the Lao PDR Central Buddhist Community Organization, said many Buddhist and Buddhist leaders from around the world have participated in 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 the Shenzhen Hongfa Temple, delivered a keynote address. He said the presence and free discussions of eminent monks from the South China Sea region are the best illustration of freedom of religion, people-to-people bonds and the shared destiny of the Buddhist community around the world. .

Master Yin Shun said that this year’s roundtable marks the new start of another five-year plan, and over the next five years, the roundtable 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 establish a dedicated South China Sea Buddhism charity office to strengthen cooperation against COVID-19 for the Buddhist community in South China Sea countries and beyond. Second, stay united and create synergy. Continued efforts should be made to implement the consensus reached at the roundtable over the past five years, seek common ground while reserving differences, make joint efforts to protect the South China Sea, continue common development and create a better future, jointly strengthen the power of speech and the visibility of Buddhism in the South China Sea, and adapt to changing times to enhance the notion of “community of destiny for the region”. Third, to stimulate exchanges and mutual learning for harmony between nations. Buddhist leaders from all countries and regions of the South China Sea will continue to conduct regular exchange of visits, promote communication and mutual learning, strengthen national friendships and strengthen cooperation in various fields. Fourth, relieve suffering and impart Buddhist compassion. The Shenzhen Hongfa Temple Charity Foundation will be used to communicate and coordinate poverty reduction and relief programs in the region. Fifth, protect the environment and preserve a green world. The secretariat of the Shenzhen South China Sea Buddhism Roundtable and the South China Sea Buddhism Foundation will cooperate with Buddhist temples and monasteries in various countries and regions of the South China Sea to conduct campaigns environmental issues, engaging more Buddhists to participate, contribute and advocate for global ecological progress. Sixth, strengthen self-discipline and cultivate good behavior. Buddhists must remain modest and disciplined, restrict behavior, strengthen beliefs, guard against wrongdoing and purify hearts.

Monks suggest stronger cooperation through Buddhist compassion.

During the panel discussion, Emit monks expressed their wish to achieve consensus through Buddhist wisdom and compassion. Ku Mara Bhivamsa, chairman of the Linguee Tutor Committee of Myanmar, urged all parties to unite their efforts to eliminate all the suffering of the peoples of the world. He quoted the Ratana Sutra and called for concerted efforts for a better future, including: 1) All the people of the world should be righteous, avoid cheating, wrongdoing and bad deeds; 2) Be faithful to each other and build trust; 3) Despite the different beliefs, religions and nationalities, efforts should be made to find solutions through dialogues without hate speech; 4) Help all living beings without kindness and great compassion; 5) Overcome all challenges through discussions and fair judgment, promote 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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