As COVID Deaths Soar, Myanmar Junta Urges Citizens to Recite Buddhist Verses

In Buddhism, to abstain from killing living beings is the most important moral precept. After killing more than 900 people—including dozens of children, some barely 6 years old—since its coup in February, the military regime, which describes itself as the defender and promoter of Buddhism in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, is now urging the people to take refuge in Buddha.

On Tuesday, readers were left open-mouthed when they saw a notification in the junta’s mouthpiece newspapers in which the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture urged them to recite daily in their homes the Ratana Sutta, a Buddhist discourse that followers believe can offset the effects of famine and disease.

Source: As COVID Deaths Soar, Myanmar Junta Urges Citizens to Recite Buddhist Verses