Klaas Haijtema, 30, is alleged to have walked into a dharma hall during chanting, with his shoes on. He then pulled out the plug connected to the speaker.
Following a week in which Wirathu has been roundly criticised for a foul-mouthed tirade against a UN envoy, DVB interviews him exclusively and asks him if he regrets it.
Those taking offence might also be prompted to reflect on the centrality of the idea of non-attachment and understand that their resentment is a hindrance upon the Buddhist path.
Many believe that Buddhism has a pure history in which misdemeanors, carnage, war and hostility has been committed by everyone — except the Buddhist. This is why the recent violence in Sri Lanka and Burma elicits such shock.
The term ‘ethnocentric Buddhism’ points to the notion that Buddhist identity is intrinsically linked to national identity, says scholar Dr Paul Fuller.
Two Bangladeshi nationals were arrested and hit with charges for defaming the Buddhist religion in Rangoon on Tuesday after they were caught disguising themselves as monks