Waso Lent: die buddhistische Fastenzeit und die Frage nach Gewalt

The worst crisis after independence from British Rule (1948) is shaking Myanmar. In this situation, life goes on, currently, under the auspices of the Waso Lent. Seemingly contradicting Buddhist teachings, violence marks everyday life. Die in Myanmar seit dem 1. Februar herrschenden Umstände, immer wieder als “chaotisch” umschrieben, bringen den Menschen einen neuen, von Gefahr […]

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‘Myanmar in Turmoil’ Seems to Vanish from The World’s Attention

With the coup d’état of February 1 probably an “irreversible” event, and the country being dragged into a spiral of violence, the world seems to lose interest in Myanmar. The worldwide media coverage of the first weeks after the military’s power seizure answered by the energetical formation of the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM) and other […]

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Loving Kindness, Unheard Calls. The Potential Political Role of Buddhism

Myanmar`s senior abbots have tried to influence the events unfolding in the country after February,1 for the better. As it is widely known, they have not succeeded so far. According to The Irrawaddy, just three days before the military’s power seizure, members of the Ma Ha Na (Burmese short form for State Buddhist authority) had […]

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Sabre-Rattling in Myanmar. No More, No Less?

A politically tense situation has evolved in Myanmar, a country „coming out of decades of darkness of military rule“. In 2010, it started its path towards democratic transition, an endavour which in these days seems endangered by a renewed power struggle between the military and the civilian government. An „End-of-January-Sabre-Rattling “, performed by the Tatmadaw, […]

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