Buddhists in Uganda Demand More Privileges from Gov't


sales geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>Bhiku Budharakhitu, here the newly inaugurated Buddhist leader in Uganda, pharmacy says Government has to avail them land where they can construct temples, schools and a hospital because “we also play a pivotal role in transforming society.”

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Formerly known as Steven Katongole, the Budhist leader told Chimpreports during a one-day retreat at Garuga in Entebbe this week that their faith is about conserving nature and not just a cult as it’s perceived by a big section of society.

Buddhism is a nontheistic religion that encompasses a variety of traditions, beliefs and practices largely based on teachings attributed to Siddhartha Gautama, who is commonly known as the Buddha, meaning “the awakened one”.

According to Buddhist tradition, the Buddha lived and taught in the eastern part of the Indian subcontinent sometime between the 6th and 4th centuries BCE.

He is recognized by Buddhists as an awakened or enlightened teacher who shared his insights to help sentient beings end their suffering through the elimination of ignorance and craving by way of understanding and the seeing of dependent origination, with the ultimate goal of attainment of the sublime state of nirvana.

Bhiku said he has suffered immense criticism from the society, citing Wakiso district where political leaders refused to acknowledge his efforts in transforming the society, basing on speculation that the religion is a cult.

He further asked government for tax exemption on the equipment imported to promote the religion.

Bhiku is optimistic that once the religion is embraced by a large section of the public, investors from the Middle East where the faith commands a huge following, will pour into Uganda.

The Buddhist faith is mostly practiced among the Shauline monks in Venezuela, Japan, India and China. The retreat attracted believers from the different countries.


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