Pope Francis meets Chairman of State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee

Writer: 
Kyi Naing
Pope Francis held a meeting with the Sayadaws of the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee at the Wizaya Minghala Dhamma Hall at KabaAye Hill in Yangon on Nov.29th.

Pope Francis held a meeting with the Sayadaws of the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee at the Wizaya Minghala Dhamma Hall at KabaAye Hill in Yangon yesterday.

At the meeting, 17 Sayadaws attended the meeting together with Bhamaw Sayadaw Dr. Bhaddanta Kumarabhivamsa, Chairman of the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee.

Later gifts were exchanged between His Holiness and Sayadaws.

 Bhamaw Sayadaw Dr. Bhaddanta Kumarabhivamsa, said, “members of different faiths urgently need to build mutual understanding, respect and trust among themselves in order to obtain a peaceful, secure and prosperous human society. We have to exercise restraint and refrain from interfering in matters of other religions and to cooperate in building bridges for world peace.”

The Pope emphasized that Buddhism and Christianity shared the aim of surmounting all forms of intolerance, prejudice and hatred, quoting from both St. Francis of Assisi and the Dhammapada, a collection of Buddha’s sayings. Pope said, “the words of the Buddha offers each of us a guide;overcome the angry by non-anger; overcome the wicked by goodness; overcome the miser by generosity; overcome the liar by truth”(Dhammapada,XVII,223). Similar sentiments are voiced in a prayer attributed to St. Francis of Assisi, “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, let me bring pardon. Where there is darkness, let me bring light and where there is sadness, joy.”

He said that the meeting strengthen and renew the already existing friendship between Catholics Christians and the Buddhists. We are responsible for justice, paying respect to human dignity and peace.

He continued to say that this is an opportunity to confirm that they all are responsible for justice in mankind, peace and respect to human dignity. Such a confirmation made together in Myanmar should be present among the people of the world, he said. “It can be said we are fulfilling their hope by asserting the same voice of confirmation on basic personal integrity, peace and justice”, the Pope said.