Buddhist missionary group launches border projects in Myanmar

In Myanmar, The Buddhist Association for the support of Theravada Buddhism in boundary Regions this month launched missionary projects in Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, Chin and Mon states, the group’s chairman said last week.

Chairman Dr Khin Shwe said the association’s projects plan to hold up Buddhist monks in the areas and help smooth their missionary works.

“We will conduct our missionary activities in the furthermost corners of the hilly and border regions since we desire all Myanmar citizens to come into speak with the teachings of the Buddha,” he said.

“A missionary’s assignment is not to enlarge the Buddhist community but to help people seek peace and harmony. I will join missionaries in Mon State and help them to bring out their activities.”

The Yangon-based organization was formed prior this year and works directly with the Ministry of Religious Affairs to realize the programs.

The organization received more than K1.4 billion (about US$1.4 million) from 35 well-connected well-wishers at its first donation service, held at the Myanmar International Convention Centre in Nay Pyi Taw on July 17, together with two individual cash donations of K360,000 ($360,000).

Contributors included Dr Khin Shwe himself, who is the chairman of production company Zaykabar, as well U Win Myint, president of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, U Htay Myint from Yuzana Construction and many other famous businessmen.

No comments: