Can Buddhists Help Restore Harmony in Modern Society?

Presented by: Dipen Barua, University of Hong Kong
Presented at: CRE 2016 Conference, Columbus OH
Date of Session: June 11, 2016

Session Description: Violence is a worrisome concern for religious minorities in some south and south-east Asian countries today. Fundamentalists and conservative political groups who try to dominate the political and religious landscape in states such as Bangladesh and Myanmar have oppressed minority religions, while communal disturbances have become a painful reality in the greater societies and the disturbing consequences spill over to neighbors as well. This workshop will propose resolutions at different levels to address violent situations, with application of Buddhist teachings to resolve inter-religious conflicts and promote religious tolerance and harmony.