December 08, 2010

Aung San Suu Kyi gives alms and robes to monks

Aung San Suu Kyi, freed after being detained for 15 of the last 21 years, greeted monks outside the headquarters of her National League for Democracy.

Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi offered alms to hundreds of Buddhist monks and nuns on Wednesday—the first major meeting between her and the Buddhist Order since her release last month.

About 780 Buddhist monks and 119 nuns showed up to receive cash and material donations at Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) party office in Rangoon.

An NLD party member said that although Suu Kyi planned to donate to as many as 150 monks, other monks and nuns from across the former capital also joined the occasion.

“We could not offer robes to all the monks. So, we had to donate slippers and cash to them instead,” he said.

The Irrawaddy has the story, plus a slideshow. Photo below courtesy The Irrawaddy.

Aun San Suu Kyi, Phot by The Irrawaddy

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rariley3's picture

It is horrible that she has spent so much time under house arrest. Hopefully, all that time will prove to be of benefit to both her and the people of Burma.