Mr. Myint SWE (Myanmar, Buddhist)
Mr. Myint Swe has served as president of Religions for Peace Myanmar since 2012. He is also Patron of Ratana Metta Organization (RMO), a Buddhist faith-based organization implementing health, child protection, livelihood and peace building all over Myanmar, especially at the village level. Mr. Myint Swe has a Bachelor of Science degree in Physic, Chemistry and Mathematic since 1963. As President and Founder of Pyit Taing Htaung Foundation and President of Yangon Binaya Notegaha, a long-standing religious organization holding exams for Buddhist Monks since 1932, Mr. Myint Swe has been involved in religious and social affairs, such as grass-root level community development, monastery building, shelter construction for children affected in armed conflicts, peace-building awareness raising and health care programs. In addition, he is a patron of Myanmar Interfaith Network on AIDS (MINA).
On this memorable occasion, it is indeed a great privilege and an honor for me to have this opportunity to express a few words of good wishes to you all on behalf of Religions for Peace – Myanmar.
Most of the mankind on this world, especially the majority of the Asians desire peace. It is because the impact of the war has made the country to be slow in development. Among them, Myanmar has also become one of the Least Developed Countries and the civil war within the country has been happening for more than (70) years. Therefore, the rural people more than 70 percent live in poverty and they desire peace which ultimately will benefit the long-term welfare of mankind. At this period for a decade of years, civil wars occurred due to the drivers of conflict who wish to take political power. They mainly focus on the religions to create conflict between people. Religion should not be the main factor to cause conflict.
I do believe that religious culture symbolizes the achievement of culture and wisdom of mankind. All the major religions regard selfless great love or loving kindness as their fundamental belief which builds a common platform to all mankind. There is a Myanmar saying: “There is no breadth and depth in loving kindness, but back and forth”, It means that loving kindness is immeasurable but unconditional. Every action has its reaction which can be equal or oppositional.
All religious communities should focus on loving kindness which constitutes to build trust, peace and harmony and I believe it will help to prevent the religious conflicts. In conclusion, I would like to highlight that loving kindness be used as a tool to bridge between each religion and other religious communities for the benefit of all mankind and for the world.
May you all be filled with peace and happiness. Thank you.