Case No. 18/2016: State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee (SSMNC – Ma Ha Na)
Resolution on Lama Lobzang – Secretary General of the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC)
Sunday 13 August 2017
The International Buddhist Ethics Committee & Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights,
Recalling the principles of Buddhist Law, human rights and fundamental freedoms established by international instruments, such as the Buddhist Legal Code (Vinaya) adopted by the spiritual commune (Sangha), the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the UN, and Universal Declaration on the Rights of Buddhist Peoples and Spiritual Communities adopted by the United Buddhist Nations Organization (UBNO);
Whereas such rights and freedoms include political, economic, cultural and environmental rights, among which religious liberty and the supreme human right to peace are found;
Aware that the Buddhist Nation possesses a spiritual distinction with regard to the rest of the international community, and this is not due to racial issues but to the possession of a higher ethic and a mission of Liberation of all beings that it should never be violated;
Reaffirming the Sentences of the International Buddhist Ethics Committee and Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights in the Case Ashin Wirathu, the Case Myanmar and the Case of the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee;
Deeply concerned about the systematic and widespread situation of human rights violations occurring in Myanmar through military regimes and democratic governments that persecute the Rohingya People, subjecting hundreds of thousands of people to an oppressive situation of Genocide, Ethnic Cleansing and Crimes against humanity, as demonstrated in the jurisprudence of the International Buddhist Ethics Committee and Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights;
Deploring that this terrible situation of violation of human rights in Myanmar is supported by corrupt bhikkhus grouped in the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee (SSMNC – Ma Ha Na), who have been sentenced for the serious crimes of FALSE BUDDHISM and VIOLATION OF BUDDHIST CODE (VINAYA), OPPRESSION AND ILLEGAL DETENTIONS AGAINST BUDDHIST SANGHA, COMPLICITY WITH DISCRIMINATION, VIOLATION OF THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN, VIOLATION OF FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION, VIOLATION OF THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS AND TRIBAL PEOPLES, CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY AND PEACE, COMPLICITY WITH GENOCIDE AND ETHNIC CLEANSING;
Taking into consideration that the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC) has Dr. Bhaddanta Kumarabhivamsa (Chairman of the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee of Myanmar) as its Spiritual Patron, and that the IBC has not responded to the legal requirements and notifications produced by the Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights where it is urgently requested the expulsion of Bhaddanta Kumarabhivamsa;
Examining that the intent of Lama Lobzang Secretary General of the IBC to ignore this serious violation of human rights, as IBC Spiritual Patrons were previously advised, constitutes an act of Complicity with violations of Buddhist Law, since the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee of Myanmar has participated in the worst crimes that can be committed in Buddhist Law: murder (manussaviggaha), which is a reason for immediate expulsion within the Buddhist Commune (Sangha);
Bearing in mind that the International Buddhist Ethics Committee and Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights initiated a legal case against the WORLD PEACE PRIZE AWARDING COUNCIL, since this institution gave a Peace Prize to Dr. Bhaddanta Kumarabhivamsa, which would constitute a possible Act of Complicity with Crimes against Peace;
Expressing concern at the fact that this criminal False Buddhism propagated in Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand, which conveys fascist visions and contrary to the pacifist principles taught by Gautama, is being supported by one of the most important organizations of Buddhism around the world, as is the IBC, which constitutes a Violation of Buddhist Law by Lama Lobzang;
- States that the Buddhist Spirituality is the first movement in the history of humanity that regulated the practice and theory of the human rights as a defense of the intrinsic dignity or dharmic nature of beings.
- Recommends that IBC not to depend on government funds, since it corrupts the independence of the spiritual commune (sangha) and links it to corrupt political interests.
- Calls on the IBC to immediately cancel the condition of Spiritual Patron held by Bhaddanta Kumarabhivamsa (Chairman of the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee of Myanmar), also requesting that it ceases to be called with the rank of “His Holiness” to someone who has participated in the most terrible crimes of International Law.
- Solemnly stipulates that any kind of violence in the realm of thought, word or acts is completely contrary to Buddhist Law, so that both criminals who commit these acts as well as those who are accomplices and endorse these immoral and illegal behaviors will be punished.
- Expresses that any spiritual recognition to whatsoever Peace Prize delivered to Dr Bhaddanta Kumarabhivamsa is illegal and immoral.
- Declares that the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee of Myanmar must be immediately closed for having participated directly or indirectly in Genocide, Crimes against Humanity and Crimes against Peace, having the duty to create a new organization that is not an accomplice of the human rights violations committed by the government of Myanmar, thus providing justice and purity to both people and the governors.
- Calls upon all the members of the Buddhist International Community (Maha-Sangha) not to abandon the Path of Righteousness, Detachment and Compassionate Wisdom developed by Gautama two thousand six hundred years ago.
Always with a spirit of reconciliation (maitri),
H.E. Master Maitreya Samyaksambuddha
President and Judge of the International Buddhist Ethics Committee (IBEC) and Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights (BTHR)