News of the strong show of support by Aung San Kyi for the Buddhist community in Myanmar has the Buddhist community here in Syracuse joining other Buddhist communities across the world with good feelings. A story about Aung San Kyi’s activities with the Buddhist community in Myanmar by Deutsche Presse-Agentur has been published by The Buddhist Channel: “Aung San Suu Kyi gives robes to monks, nuns in Buddhist rite”, http://bit.ly/gw5CrC.
It has been reported from Myanmar that opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has recently taken part in public religious services for the first time since her release from house arrest. Just outside of the headquarters of her National League for Democracy (NLD) where about 700 Buddhist monks and 200 Buddhist nuns gathered last Wednesday she offered donations of robes. An observer told German Press Agency Deutsche Presse-Agentur that after the rite on Wednesday “I saw an old monk dropping tears from his eyes when she offered a robe to him. Then the monk gave back jasmine flowers to her.”
An NLD member said “We usually make this activity every Tuesday, but we moved it to Wednesday this week because Aunt Suu was not free on Tuesday because she was sending her son off to the airport,” an NLD member said. The son of Suu Kyi, 33 year old Kim Aris, returned to Bangkok on Tuesday after he had a two-week visit with his mother in Yangon. Aris has made his permanent residence in Britain. He was given permission to visit his mother for the first time in a decade after she was released from house arrest on November 13.
Suu Kyi, who is now 65 years old, is very popular among the Myanmar population although she has been isolated from public view and under house arrest for 15 of the past 21 years. Ever since she was released she has kept up a busy schedule of meetings with supporters, friends and family. On Monday she met with Malaysian-born Hollywood actress Michelle Yeoh, who is portraying her in a French film, Dans La Lumiere (Into the Light). This film is due for release next year.
And on Tuesday, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Joseph Yon met with political party and non-government organization leaders in Myanmar. This was the first high-ranking U.S. official to visit Myanmar since the country’s first elections in two decades on November 7. In these elections the ruling junta won amid accusations of restricting the opposition’s participation. Yon was scheduled to meet with junta’s officials in the administrative capital Naypyitlaw and thereafter with Suu Kyi before leaving Myanmar.
Buddhists here in Syracuse and across the entire world are happy about the release of Aung San Kyi from house arrest in Myanmar and are hopeful this means the future for Myanmar and for Buddhists in Myanmar will be brighter.
Mandel News Service: http://www.mandelnews.com