Public Statement – A plea to put an end to massive killing in Bangkok


International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB) - TRANSCEND Media Service

All Lives are Sacred: A plea to put an end to massive killing in Bangkok

Since the beginning of the demonstration by the United front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), aka “Red Shirts”, on 12 March 2010, there have been many hundreds of casualties. In the past five days, attempts to disperse the demonstration in Ratchaprasong have become been violent, with a further effect of provoking violence. The government’s actions have so far failed to deter the demonstrators.

The present clash of political views is one of the great crises in Siam’s modern history. The country was previously acclaimed for settling conflict peacefully and democratically. Now it appears that both sides, the government and the UDD, are clinging to an illusion of victory over another.  The entire nation is hostage to their conflict. Buddhist wisdom is relevant for those absorbed in hatred, greed and delusion. The Dhammapada, Verse 201 says:

Victory breeds hatred, for the conquered is unhappy. Persons who have given up both victory and defeat, the contented, they are happy.

The International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB), representing a diversity of socially engaged buddhists from around the world, is gravely concerned about this standoff. We wish for all parties address the conflict with reason and tools of peace, to recognize the ancient Buddhist wisdom that neither the so-called winner nor loser will be contented and happy. We encourage those who do not fall into one of the two camps can help this process wherever possible.  Only through peaceful negotiation and dialogue can all parties concerned return the country to its true nature as a flourishing democracy and a peace-loving nation.

Our heartfelt plea is for both parties to stop any act that may cost lives and injuries;  to reclaim the time-tested wisdom of reconciliation and nonviolence.

Whenever INEB can help bridge the gap between the opposed parties we are willing to do all that we can.

We trust that in the light of upcoming international Vesakh celebrations in Thailand, supported by the United Nations 22-26 May 2010 and the subsequent local Vesakh celebrations, commemorating the birth, enlightenment and the passing away of the Lord Buddha, all parties will unite in taking responsibility for their conduct and for bringing about lasting peace, transformation towards social justice and shared wellbeing for future generations.

To close, in Verse 5 of the Dhammapada the Buddha proclaims:


Hatred is never appeased by hatred in this world. By love alone is hatred appeased. This is an eternal law.

International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB)

Patron, Advisory Committee and Executive Committee Name Lists




His Holiness the Dalai Lama                          Tibet

Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh                           France/Vietnam

Venerable Phra Rajpanyamedhi                                  Siam (Thailand)

Venerable Bhikshuni Chao Hwei                   Taiwan



Name Organisation Country
Sulak Sivaraksa(Founder Chair) Santi Pracha Dhamma Siam
Raja Dharmapala Dharmavedi Institute Sri Lanka
Jill Jameson Buddhist Peace Fellowship Australia Australia
Dharmachari Lokamitra Jambudvipa India
Ven. Tsering Palmo Ladakh Nuns Association Ladakh/India
Phra Maha Boonchuay Mahachulalongkorn University Siam
Phra Phaisan Visalo Buddhika Network for Buddhism and Society Siam
Bhikkhuni Dhammananda Songdhammakalyani Monastery Siam
Venetia Walkey Dhamma Park Siam
Ven. Pomnyun Sunim Jungto South Korea
Rev. Alan Senauke Clear View USA
Ven. Sumanalankar Parbatya Bouddha Bangladesh
Hisashi Nakamura Ryukoku Japan
Rev. Masazumi Okano International Buddhist Exchange Center Japan
Swee-hin Toh University for Costa Rica
Frans Goetghebeur European Buddhist Belgium




Name Organisation Country
Harsha Navaratne (Chairperson) Sewalanka Sri Lanka
Hans van Willenswaard(Vice Chairperson) GNH Netherlands/Siam
Somboon Chungprempree (Interim Executive Secretary) Spirit in Education Movement (SEM) Siam
Douangdeuane Bounyavong Buddhists for Laos
Hsiang-chou Yo Fo Guang Taiwan
Jonathan Watts Think Sangha USA/Japan
Anchalee Kurutach Buddhist Peace USA
Poolchawee Ruangwichatorn Spirit in Education Movement (SEM) Siam
Pipob Udomittipong Sathirakoses-Nagapradipa Foundation (SNF) Siam
Ros Sotha Buddhists and Khmer Society Cambodia
Mangesh Dahiwale Jambudvipa India
Prashant Varma Deer Park India
Erica Kang Jungto South Korea
Minyong Lee South Korea
Eddy Setiawan Indonesia
Matteo Pistono Nekorpa and RIGPA Fellowship USA
Tashi Zangmo Bhutan
Vidyananda (KV Soon) Malaysia
Harn Burma/Myanmar


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One Response to “Public Statement – A plea to put an end to massive killing in Bangkok”

  1. To put an end to the type of violence and killing that has been going on in Thailand, you must close the Riot Gear business, special uniforms, protective shields and helmets, tear gas, etc. The manufacturers of these necessary ingredients for a good confrontation between Police (or Army) and civil rebels are over the moon with the outcome of the Thai mess and are now very much looking forward to Greece receiving the money promised by a conglomerate of countries, so that they can help the Greek organise a few riots of their own – hopefully bigger than the Thai affair.

    When they don’t know how to do it, we train university students, factory workers, etc, in the making of Molotov bimbs, because we must also help the sale of fire-proof riot uniforms.

    Riot Police get promoted when they use more than a specified quantity of tear-gas, manage to get their protective shields damaged, etc. This means Heads need to order more riot stuff, which translates into new commission (% of the operation)

    As the saying goes: “Money makes the way go round” !!!!

    Alberto Portugheis