Muslim organization offers meals and robes to Buddhist monks

A member of the Muslim Social Welfare Group makes an offering to Buddhist monks at Ma Soe Yein Monastery on Sunday. (Photo: Teza Hlaing / The Irrawaddy)

Muslim Social Welfare Group member with Buddhist monks at Ma Soe Yein Monastery

Earlier this month, the Muslim Social Welfare Group of Mandalay made a powerful gesture of peace by offering robes and meals to about fifty monks at Ma Soe Yein Monastery.

The offerings mark the celebration of Eid, an Islamic festival that follows Ramadan. It coincides with Wa Dwin, the rainy season retreat, during which it is customary to present gifts to monks in training. For more about this story, click here.

Burma has been rocked in recent months by tension and violence between the Muslim and Buddhist communities. Visit Buddhadharma for Alan Senauke’s perspective on the ongoing conflict; Jack Kornfield’s analysis appears in the latest issue of Shambhala Sun. Photo: Teza Hlaing / the Irrawaddy.