Monday, June 20, 2011

Today is World Refugee Day

Today is World Refugee Day, which is celebrated on June 20 of each year.  Today is a day to show compassion for and honor refugees who have had to leave their homes because they have been exiled or seek asylum.  This is an important observance if you follow the Buddhist beliefs of compassion and trying to end the suffering of all sentient beings.  Many groups plan activities, including:

  • Protesting the detention of migrants and those seeking asylum.
  • Screenings of documentaries about the plight of asylum seekers.
  • Other support and activism to support those who are being detained.

Having a place to call home is a basic right that many of us take for granted.  As we practice our Buddhist Beliefs of compassion and mindfulness, we must be aware of the plight of others and do what we can to end their suffering and end the cycle of samsara.