By Vice Chairman Song Na-ra
Chief Abbot Ven. Hongpa of the Korean Buddhist Gwaneum Order at the Myogak-sa Buddhist Temple in Seoul issued a statement on the Russia-Ukraine war on March 2 and called for an end to the invasion.
Regarding the Russian invasion, Ven. Hongpa said, "Many diplomats consider it to be Russia's first move to restore the glory of the former Soviet Empire. However, war that kills and damages people cannot be tolerated for any reason.”
He also urged Russia to stop the war immediately and start negotiations with Ukraine immediately, saying, "There can be no glory that accompanies the sacrifice of the people and the sacrifices of neighboring countries."
The followings are the excerpts from the statement issued by the Korean Buddhist Gwaneum Order.
We condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine!
After the Beijing Winter Olympics ended, the Russian invasion of Ukraine began.
Many diplomats consider it to be Russia's first move to restore the former glory of the Soviet Empire.
However, a war that kills and inflicts damage on anyone is unacceptable for any reason.
The glory of a country is directly related to the glory of its people, and there can be no glory that accompanies the sacrifice of the people and the sacrifice of neighboring countries, and therefore war cannot be justified by any logic.
Russia should immediately end the war and begin negotiations with Ukraine!