Venerable Tayzar Dipati is a Buddhist monk from Shwebo, in the northwest of Mandalay. He grew up in the monastery as a young novice monk and today cares for young HIV patients, including young monks. The local community relies on U Tayzar Dipati to help stop dangerous and divisive rumours in their tracks and to prevent outbreaks of violence. The monk believes that by learning about other religions, we will realise that they are not so different from one another.
Directed by Kannan Arunasalam
Filmed & edited by Ed Perkins & Kannan Arunasalam
Produced for the Centre for Peace & Conflict Studies
Grade, audio mix and sound design by Jeremy Hogg
Music by Adam Nicholas
Thank you to everyone who shared their stories and contributed their time to help making the 'Portraits of Diversity'.
Produced with the support of the Government of Australia, the Government of Norway and The Asia Foundation