Tell Congress: Pass the BRAVE Burma Act
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by Shwe Lan Ga Lay
1d ago
Sign the Petition Tell your Members of Congress to pass the BRAVE Burma Act The Myanmar military seized power on February 1, 2021. To resist this military coup, people across Myanmar have joined the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM) and taken up arms in a new People's Defense Force. The Burmese people deserve our support in their struggle. Our champions in Congress have introduced the BRAVE Burma Act (H.R.8863). The bill puts strong Congressional pressure on the U.S. Administration to take action to deprive the Myanmar military of the money, weapons, aviation fuel, and legitimacy that it needs ..read more
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Tell Congress: fund the democracy movement in Myanmar
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by Shwe Lan Ga Lay
1w ago
Sign petition Tell Congress to fully fund the democracy movement in Myanmar As Congress prepares the Fiscal Year 2025 Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (SFOPS) appropriations budget, we are urging that Congress appropriate sufficient money to fully implement the BURMA Act, while continuing essential assistance in the face of the ongoing political and humanitarian crisis in Burma. The people of Burma continue to struggle in the aftermath of the Burmese military’s February 2021 coup. The United States must provide the funding required to support pro-democracy stakehol ..read more
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"They Left a Trail of Ash"
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by Shwe Lan Ga Lay
2w ago
The following essay submission comes from Nathan Ruser, who works at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), and who also appeared on a recent podcast episode. In the late evening of Friday 17 May 2024, Rohingya neighbourhoods in the town of Buthidaung in Myanmar’s Rakhine State were disturbed by an ominously familiar sight. Armed gunmen had come to their doors and ordered them to leave before the gunmen set their houses alight. If they refused, they were told, they would be burnt with their house. As the Rohingya community fled to fields to the west, the gunmen torched their houses ..read more
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A Monk Shot Down in Cold Blood
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by Shwe Lan Ga Lay
3w ago
On June 19th, the Myanmar military struck a devastating blow against the spiritual and cultural fabric of the nation. The vehicle carrying Venerable Bhaddanta Muninda Bhivamsa, a respected monk and member of the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee, was ambushed and fired upon by the military near Mandalay, leading to his tragic passing. This brutal attack is a glaring reminder of the severe danger the military poses to the future of the Dhamma in Myanmar, a country already suffering under the weight of prolonged conflict and oppression. Venerable Bhaddanta Muninda Bhivamsa was traveling to atte ..read more
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Myanmar’s Minorities in the Driver’s Seat
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by Shwe Lan Ga Lay
3w ago
Saw Htee Cher (စီၤ ထံဆၢ) appeared recently on a podcast episode to discuss the conflict in Karen and Karenni State. He shares this essay submission, written on April 23, 2024, to update the most recent developments. “International supporters of Myanmar’s Spring Revolution must not fixate on a continued national unity that may not be forthcoming. A change in borders need not be a catastrophe.” — Saw Htee Cher A foreign commentator recently claimed that nobody among Myanmar’s dissidents is angling for independent ethnic homelands, but rather, that they all want a unified federal democracy.[1] Th ..read more
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Dreams of Democracy: A Rebel's Quest Through the Looking-Glass
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by Shwe Lan Ga Lay
1M ago
Jesua Lynn is passionate about peace and conflict studies and working for education programs for youth nationwide while pursuing his master's degree in the UK. His story was collected on July 3, 2023.  “The change I would like to see is more freedom for the people of Myanmar, where they can express themselves more freely, enjoy their lives more freely, and enjoy their fundamental human rights.” — Jesua Lynn "I was in my hometown in the Ayeyarwady Region when the coup happened. At that time, I was working for the youth-led peace organization I founded. We were supposed to meet with donors ..read more
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A Buddhist Nun, Burned Alive
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by Shwe Lan Ga Lay
1M ago
The following essay submission is by someone in upper Myanmar who wishes to remain confidential, for safety reasons. Recently, many local media outlets reported on the suffering of internally displaced villagers from Khin-U, a township in Sagaing Region that many meditators may know of, as it is near the home of Ingyinbin where the meditation master Webu Sayadaw came from. Over 10,000 villagers from 16 villages fled their homes due to continuous attacks from the Myanmar military! And yet scarcely any news story to be found of such a mass exodos taking place beyond our borders. It was however r ..read more
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The Rebel Barista: Brewing a New Future Beyond Borders
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by Shwe Lan Ga Lay
1M ago
Moon is studying and working in Hong Kong while organizing entrepreneurship in his community. His story was collected on June 21, 2023.  “When I first arrived here, people around me said they saw a light in me that would benefit my country. It was also hard for me to adapt to society here—I had to try hard.” — Moon "I was already studying before the coup and attended classes online. I didn't study at home; I went to an organization’s office in our community where my friend worked and logged on from there. Pre-coup, I struggled to get good grades, so I decided to study harder. I remember d ..read more
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Sayadaw Bone Phayar Gyi Pauk Sein
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by Shwe Lan Ga Lay
2M ago
The narrative surrounding Bone Phayar Gyi Pauk Sein, a revered Sayadaw (monk) in Myanmar, encapsulates an intriguing blend of mysticism, history, and spirituality, evoking a deep curiosity and reverence among those who learn of his life and the miraculous occurrences attributed to him. Thanks to the efforts of Nyein Nyein Chan Chan and Ashin Sarana, we bring you the following short biography. Sayadaw Bone Phayar Gyi's funeral marked the beginning of an extraordinary tale. As his body was carried over a pit for burial, it inexplicably became as light as cotton, an occurrence that preluded a mir ..read more
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Pathein Ye Swan Sayadawgyi
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by Shwe Lan Ga Lay
2M ago
We received a question from one of our followers about a renowned Burmese meditator and teacher from the Thae Ingu tradition. After researching some information about him, we share the following for our wider audience. Pathein Ye Swan Sayadaw (also known as Raysoon Sayadaw) is one of today's well-known meditation teachers in Myanmar and he reputes beyond the borders of the Golden Land. He was the close disciple of the famous Thae Ingu Sayadaw (the founder of Thae Ingu vipassana tradition – Ven. Okkatha). According to his sayings in his Dhamma speeches, Thae Ingu Sayadaw sent him to the current ..read more
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