Regrettably, Buddhism along with ethnicity is inextricably caught up in the ongoing problems in Myanmar and is a central and defining issue, from the 969 movement to promote Buddhist nationalism - now officially banned by the country's senior Sangha - and monks preaching discrimination against Muslims (one of whom was lauded by the Myanmar President as a "Son of Buddha") to incidents - including the one stoking current violence - involving perceived insults to the religion and people targeted specifically because of their religion/ethnicity (which in Myanmar isn't always distinguished between).
See this Al-Jazeera video for some evidence of the above: http://t.co/j7aZ7aofg4
Not to mention a law being promoted by certain monks to restrict interfaith marriage and restrict the rights of women.
Anecdotally I have been told by more than a few educated Burmese when living in Myanmar that Buddhism is the Burmese national religion, is under threat and must be 'defended' (and were vague and evasive when drawn on this as to means) and the exceptionalist argument that religion trumps human rights in Myanmar, along with the usual 'all Muslims are terrorists' and breeding-out conspiracy. After searching for some statistic evidence to support some of these arguments - and to be fair hard data is hard to come by in the country - I couldn't find anything to support these assertions (except for the state religion part, which is set by law).
From living in the country at the start of and during the sporadic violence, similar type sentiments are fairly widely held across the country and are not limited to geography or education - in cities as well as villages (where the attacks happen with limited contact and evidence-gathering capabilities of the incidents in progress.) As I lived in a Muslim-majority area where attempts to incite violence were fortunately unsuccessful, I was in the midst of a community with a sense of fear and uncertainty for quite some time earlier this year.
This is by no means true as regards all people in-country without exception, but is true in sufficient numbers to be troubling and has had overspill, particularly in Malaysia. People are speaking out in-country, but not enough. Theories and rumors abound as to causes, players behind the scenes and agendas. I can only report my own experiences and perceptions.
It's deep-rooted, complex and ongoing (as are the issues of religion and ethnicity in Myanmar generally), but the more awareness that is drawn to mob violence in the name of religion internationally then the more pressure that can be applied on the government to tackle the issue seriously beyond lots of lip service, and the realities of current matters in Myanmar can be broadcasted instead of overly optimistic and hyperbolic stuff often published by the press in the past 18 months or so.
Many Burmese have their own perspective on it, usually one-sided, and from my experience don't take well to outside perspective on the issue, particularly any criticism (the UN Human Rights Rapporteur is subject to particular vitriol during and after his visits to the country). Unfortunately, obtaining objective analysis is difficult indeed, but things aren't good right now and have a very real potential of getting significantly worse.
EDIT: Reading unverified reports of organised mobs advancing to further Muslim-majority villages as of writing, if true, I am struggling to see this as anything other than a pogrom, irrespective of whether this is now motivated by religious or ethnic agenda.