Buddhism in Myanmar

 


Since Myanmar’s military loosened its grip on power and the government started to open its doors to foreign investment and to allow some form of democracy in the country, another problem has been plaguing the impoverished Southeast Asian nation: religious intolerance. What has been for decades portrayed as a gentle Buddhist people, has turn violent towards a Muslim minority that for years has been living in the West of the country without any real legal status.

Myanmar remains a deeply Buddhist country, yet if it wishes to modernise and avoid the fate of other nations split by religious divisions, it has to embrace and learn to tolerate other faiths and give equal opportunities and status to all the people living within its borders.