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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Ashin Sopaka awarded International freedom prize

Myanmar monk awarded International freedom prize

Buddhist Channel, June 23, 2008

Cologne, Germany -- Ashin Sopaka, a Burmese monk was awarded International freedom prize. The prize was presented by the Society of liberty in Rome, Italy.

Ashin Sopaka, a well known Burmese monk currently in exile, played an important role in the Myanmar democracy movements, especially in the September 2007 "saffron revolution".

He is the founder of Cologne-Buddhism-Center (KBC) under the name of Santi Dhamma Vihara in Germany. He is currently lecturing Buddhist studies to the German.

About Ashin Sopaka
Ashin Sopaka was born in Wun Tho, Sagaing Division, Burma in April 16, 1980. He was ordained a novice in 1994 and a monk in 2000. He studied Buddhism at Khanti Pariyatti Monastery (Wun Tho, Sagaing Division, Burma), Wayalet Pariyatti Monastery (Rangoon, Burma) and Man Aung Monastery (Rangoon, Burma).

Ashin passed Buddhist examinations known as Pathamange, Pathamalatt, Pathamagyi in Burma. He arrived Colombo, Sri Lanka on 9th May, 2004 and studied B.A and M.A programme in Colombo.

He successfully completed his B.A and M.A from the Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka. He got involved in the Burmese Saffron Revolution while studying at the Buddhist and Pali University.

Ashin Sopaka Peace Walk (May 2007) Interview Video(YouTube)

A Buddhist monk from Burma id doing a peace walk in USA from Washington DC to New York, starting on May 30, 4th anniversary of Depayin massacre, where Burma National Leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi just escaped Burma regime’s attempted assassination, but nearly 500 followers of Daw Suu were brutally beaten to death by pro-junta militia thugs.
He also made a similar peace walks in Thailand & Germany last year.

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