UNHCR, Vimuttayalaya Foundation launch talks on Buddhism and Humanitarianism
A three-day retreat on Buddhism and Humanitarianism in Asia is taking place this week under the auspices of the UN Refugee Agency and the Vimuttayalaya Foundation. Held in Chiang Rai in northern Thailand, the 7-9 July event brings together some 200 Buddhist monks from countries such as Bangladesh, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam.
Speakers include Dr Surin Pitsuwan, the former Secretary General of ASEAN; Sister Chan Kong, the first fully-ordained monastic disciple of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh; and Indrika Ratwatte, the incoming director of UNHCR’s Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific.
Participants at the retreat will discuss the links between humanitarianism and engaged Buddhism, which seeks to connect Buddhist teachings to situations of injustice including those causing global displacement today.