Tuesday, February 3, 2015


http://nypost.com Buddhist nuns are everywhere among the streets of Myanmar - of all different ages, some as young as 5. Dressed in pink loose-fitting shirts and pants with orange scarves, they have shaved heads and rely on alms to pay for their schooling, food, housing, and other basic needs. Monks don’t have the same economic handicaps. The large temples pay for their needs, but that’s not surprising. In Myanmar, being a woman is hard, more so if you are poor and live in the north of the country, where tribes are still battling the government. Girls in these areas are in a precarious position, constantly in danger of being trafficked across foreign borders.
Concern over trafficking has led many parents in the north, who earn an average of $1,200 a year, to send their daughters south to the capital of Yangon and the only outlet for escape and education — the nunneries.

One of these institutions is located in Than Lynn, a 30-minute drive from the center of Yangon. At the Thadama Myintzu Nunnery, run by the nun Daw Aye Theingi, more than 200 girls, who range in age from 4 to 18, live in two small buildings with a rudimentary outdoor kitchen and bathing area. In many cases, the girls do not see their parents for years, if ever again. Due to a generous donation, the nunnery is building a modern three-story building to house all the girls, but it won’t be ready until summer. 
Daw scrapes up the $200 a year it takes to send each girl to a local school through donations. “I want a better life for them,” Daw said. At age 18, the girls will decide if they want to stay or leave to look for a life in the city. Almost none of them return home.

The Republic of the Union of Myanmar, also known as Burma, is well known for its role in human trafficking and its penchant for sex slaves. UNICEF estimated in 2003 that 10,000 girls were being trafficked every year from Myanmar into Thai brothels alone. Myanmar people are trafficked to Thailand, China, Malaysia, South Korea, and Macau for sexual exploitation, domestic servitude and forced labor. This leaves this country’s girls in precarious and life threatening situations. Fortunately, this is where the hope comes in. This article, written by Paula Froelich from Yahoo Travel explains how  the Thadama Myintzu Nunnery has saved the lives of over 200 girls. The young Buddhist nuns accept alms to pay for their schooling, food, housing and other basic needs. The sad reality of this is the fact that many of these girls do not see their parents for years, if ever again. In this troubled world, due to the moral decay of the people and their alienation from God, we observe the increment of demoniac societies based on illicit sex, intoxication, meat-eating and gambling. Our spiritual masters have taught us that we should cultivate a solid understanding of spiritual knowledge, and in this way we can develop respect for all others regardless of race, sex, or species. But more important to the theoretical knowledge, we need to practice it by following a pure life and in that way we can be an example to others; imitation of good examples bring a peaceful social behavior worldwide. (Editor's note).

Today people are simply becoming servants of their senses. For sake of sense enjoyment they become blind their responsibility to offer respect to the Divine Couple and naturally it is reflecting on all aspects of society with allot of corruption. […] We are all the eternal servants of the Supreme Lord, but due to the influence of this age of Kali, we have become forgetful of our real heritage, service to the Supreme Lord. We have heard all this knowledge by the grace of our previous saints (Guru-Vargas) which can deliver us from this planet by following the instructions of Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu - Sankirtan - chanting the Holy Names - the Hare Krishna Mahamantra, under the shelter of a pure devotee of Krishna. We must follow a few principles: no gambling, no intoxication including smoking and coffee, no illicit sex and non-violence (no animal slaughter).

Śrīla Bhakti Bibudha Bodhayan Maharaj :
“My Humble Offer to You”

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