Gift of knowledge for Buddhist monk

Priest offers hope of cooperation and harmony on revered Buddhist's birthday

Gift of knowledge for Buddhist monk
Father Mark Tin Win and Venerable Sayadaw Ashin Nyanissara at the sharing program on March 17
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March 18, 2011

A priest has held out the hand of friendship to one of Myanmar’s best-known Buddhist figures with a special sharing session on Christianity and interreligious dialogue, on the monk's 74th birthday. Father Mark Tin Win joined Venerable Sayadaw Ashin Nanissara and around 200 Buddhist monks, nuns, and members of the public for the sharing program yesterday at Ashin Nanissara’s Sitagu International Buddhist Academy in Sagaing. Father Tin Win is the executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Myanmar and is secretary of Episcopal Commission for Interreligious Dialogue. During the sharing session father Tin Win talked about Christian beliefs and traditions on God, Jesus, the Resurrection, Easter, Our Lady of Mary, the Apostolic Church, as well as the Catholics and Protestant Churches. During the second part of the session, he stressed the importance of interreligious dialogue, mutual respect and the need to cooperate to help solve some of the problems the world is facing. He ended the sharing with a question and answer session. “My aim is cooperation among religions by putting aside our prejudices. By learning another’s religion, we can give more respect and value things we have in common. If we can unite, we can bring peace to the country and the world,” he said. Sayadaw Nanissara later thanked Father Tin Win and invited him back for more talks at his Buddhist academy in the future. We will not get peace if we have arguments among religions. So we have to live together and become one by finding the “common ground” in all religions, he told the gathering. “Religious leaders must satisfy the spiritual needs and spiritual peace of the people, otherwise people will not respect us,” the revered monk said. He said he intends to conduct an interreligious dialogue seminar at the academy in the future. MY13663.1645