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  • Origins of Mahayana Buddhism

    1/17/2024 8:29:41 AM
    Origins of Mahayana Buddhism

    The precise origins of Mahayana Buddhism are something of a mystery

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  • End of Vassa, a Day of Atonement and Renewal in Theravada Buddhism

    11/7/2023 9:33:16 AM
    End of Vassa, a Day of Atonement and Renewal in Theravada Buddhism

    In the world of Theravada Buddhism, a solemn and reflective period known as Vassa marks a three-month annual retreat observed by devout practitioners. This sacred tradition unfolds during the wet season, spanning from July to October. As the end of Vassa approaches, Buddhists prepare to mark a significant day known as Pavarana Day, which carries the purpose of atonement and renewal.

     

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  • Modern Metaphors for the Buddhist Raft

    11/7/2023 9:27:55 AM
    Modern Metaphors for the Buddhist Raft

    In the Alagaddupama Sutta (Majjhima Nikaya 22), the Buddha uses the metaphor of a raft to represent the Dharma. The raft is a tool to help us cross the river of suffering and reach the other shore, which symbolises Nirvana or liberation.

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  • Buddhism & Sustainability - North East India's Monastic Orders Embrace Environmental Initiatives

    6/13/2023 10:21:42 AM
    Buddhism & Sustainability - North East India`s Monastic Orders Embrace Environmental Initiatives

    The monastic orders of Buddhism in North East India have always been renowned for their peaceful serenity and spiritual doctrines. However, in recent times, they have evolved into environmental custodians, merging their religious values with a deep-rooted obligation towards the environment.

     

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  • Dalai Lama attends the International Buddhist Summit hosted by India

    4/25/2023 8:39:54 AM
    Dalai Lama attends the International Buddhist Summit hosted by India

    The Dalai Lama on April 21 participated in a global Buddhist conference hosted by India. The Tibetan spiritual leader attended the second day of the event here and addressed delegates from 30 countries which include monks, Buddhist scholars and practitioners and heads of Buddhist organisations from across the globe.

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  • Global Buddhist Summit to address Contemporary Global Challenges

    4/14/2023 8:04:33 AM
    Global Buddhist Summit to address Contemporary Global Challenges

    The International Buddhist Confederation, (IBC) supported by the Indian Ministry of culture, will be hosting the Global Buddhist Summit (GBS) on 20-21 April at the Ashok Hotel. The aim of the conference is to focus on a Buddhist response for dealing with the most pressing challenges the world is facing.

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  • An evolving Buddhist nationalism and the new role of Burmese youth

    1/6/2023 9:13:30 AM
    An evolving Buddhist nationalism and the new role of Burmese youth

    One of the most interesting processes of transformation concerns Buddhist nationalism, which has gone through at least three periods, this according to Professor David Moe, of Yale University, who hails from Chin State, a mostly Christian state.

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  • Manipulations at 'World Fellowship of Buddhists' Conference

    11/16/2022 9:22:41 AM
    Manipulations at `World Fellowship of Buddhists` Conference

    Buddhism Is Losing Its Voice in Asia

     

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  • Buddhism in Japan

    9/7/2022 10:09:20 AM
    Buddhism in Japan

    Buddhism was imported to Japan via China and Korea in form of a present from the friendly Korean kingdom of Kudara (Paikche) in the 6th century. While Buddhism was welcomed by the ruling nobles as Japan's new state religion, it did not initially spread among the common people due to its complex theories.

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  • Lumbini – Birth and Rebirth

    8/12/2022 10:57:21 AM
    Lumbini – Birth and Rebirth

    Lumbini, Nepal -- As is well-known, Lumbini is the first of the four major holy places of Buddhism, it being where the person who was to become the Buddha was born.

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  • The Rise of K-Buddhism

    7/22/2022 8:41:05 AM
    The Rise of K-Buddhism

    Seoul, Korea -- BTN launched an English YouTube channel to further propagate Korean Buddhism (K-Buddhism) to the globe. BTN has been a pioneer in propagating K-Buddhist content globally and has taken the initiatives in planning and development, classifying various contents, translations, and securing multiple translation supervisors.

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  • The end of Buddhism in Asia?

    7/20/2022 9:53:20 AM
    The end of Buddhism in Asia?

    How can Buddhism disappear in Asia? The Chinese government was not able to destroy Tibetan Buddhism from the outside. 

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  • How Buddhism Came to Tibet

    6/22/2022 10:04:45 AM
    How Buddhism Came to Tibet

    The history of Buddhism in Tibet begins with Bon. The Bon religion of Tibet was animistic and shamanistic, and elements of it live on today, to one degree or another, in Tibetan Buddhism.

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  • Sri Lankan Buddhist monks criticize lawmakers

    4/13/2022 8:38:34 AM
    Sri Lankan Buddhist monks criticize lawmakers

    Chief prelates believe they have a historical responsibility to guide the nation out of its economic crisis

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  • Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist monk and peace activist, dies at 95

    1/26/2022 10:03:31 AM
    Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist monk and peace activist, dies at 95

    ​(CNN) Thich Nhat Hanh, a prominent Vietnamese Buddhist monk, peace activist and leading voice in opposition to the Vietnam War, has died at Tu Hieu Temple in Hue, Vietnam. He was 95.

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  • Vesak: Most Sacred Holy Day of Theravada Buddhism

    5/26/2021 2:16:43 PM
    Vesak: Most Sacred Holy Day of Theravada Buddhism

    Vesak is the most sacred holy day of Theravada Buddhism. Also called Visakha Puja or Wesak, Vesak is an observation of the birth, enlightenment, and death (parinirvana) of the historical Buddha.

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  • Huayan Buddhism

    5/19/2021 9:59:12 AM
    Huayan Buddhism

    The Huayan or Flower Garland school of Mahayana Buddhism is respected to this day for the quality of its scholarship and teaching. 

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  • Introduction to Theravada Buddhism

    5/5/2021 9:16:17 AM
    Introduction to Theravada Buddhism

    Theravada is the dominant form of Buddhism in most of southeast Asia, including Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Laos, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. It claims about 100 million adherents worldwide. 

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  • Origins of Mahayana Buddhism

    3/10/2021 9:31:03 AM
    Origins of Mahayana Buddhism

    For nearly two millennia, Buddhism has been divided into two major schools, Theravada and Mahayana. Scholars have viewed Theravada Buddhism as "original" and Mahayana as a divergent school that split away, but modern scholarship questions this perspective.

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  • Schools of Tibetan Buddhism

    3/1/2021 10:13:10 AM
    Schools of Tibetan Buddhism

    Buddhism first reached Tibet in the 7th century. By the 8th-century teachers such as Padmasambhava were traveling to Tibet to teach the dharma. In time Tibetans developed their own perspectives and approaches to the Buddhist path.

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  • US Congress Recognizes Reincarnation

    12/30/2020 9:20:34 AM
    US Congress Recognizes Reincarnation

    WASHINGTON, D.C., December 24, 2020 (Religion News Service): Among the hodgepodge of legislative loose ends that made their way into the $900 billion spending bill passed by Congress on Monday night (Dec. 21) was a significant update to the 18-year-old Tibetan Policy Act, strengthening U.S. support for Tibetan autonomy and religious freedom for followers of Tibetan Buddhism around the globe.

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  • Nourishing our Togetherness, Protecting our Planet

    3/18/2016 9:54:35 AM
    Nourishing our Togetherness, Protecting our Planet

    As we approach our next retreat on “Sustainability, Mindfulness and Community Life” at the European Institute of Applied Buddhism (EIAB) in Germany from March 31st to April 3rd...

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  • YES! Enshrine Buddhism as Thailand State Religion

    3/8/2016 10:46:16 AM
    YES! Enshrine Buddhism as Thailand State Religion

    Buddhist teachings like any other religions, tries to influence its followers to do good and be morally and ethically correct according to the interpretation of its teachings. In many other countries, over time, some of these religious rules and teachings are interpreted and incorporated into the nation secular laws or becomes laws in themselves.

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  • Three Ways, Two Paths, and One Practice for Rebirth

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Three Ways, Two Paths, and One Practice for Rebirth
    Awakening the aspiration for enlightenment, believing deeply in the law of causality, and chanting the Mahayana sutras and encouraging people to follow their teachings.

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  • Borobudur to Become an International Destination for Buddhist Pilgrims

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Borobudur to Become an International Destination for Buddhist Pilgrims
    Indonesia’s coordinating minister for maritime affairs has said that Indonesia aims to make Borobudur, an ancient Mahayana Buddhist temple complex and UNESCO world heritage site in Central Java...

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  • Survey Reveals Over 12,000 Temples in Japan Lack Resident Monks

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Survey Reveals Over 12,000 Temples in Japan Lack Resident Monks
    A recent survey carried out by The Asahi Shimbun newspaper showed that 12,065 Buddhist temples in Japan are without resident monks, representing 16 per cent of temples affiliated with the 10 most popular schools of Buddhism in the country.

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  • Thich Nhat Hanh Speaks First Words Since November 2014 Stroke

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Thich Nhat Hanh Speaks First Words Since November 2014 Stroke
    Renowned Vietnamese Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, affectionately known to his followers as Thay, has spoken his first words since suffering a stroke in November 2014, according to an update on his condition from the monks and nuns of Thay’s Plum Village community...

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  • Rethinking Life Release

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Rethinking Life Release
    In recent years, the Buddhist practice of life release, or in Chinese, fangsheng (放生), has become a highly contentious topic, pitting life release advocates against environmentalists, animal rights activists, and even other Buddhists. While everyone agrees on the virtues of...

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  • The Journey of Women Going Forth into the Bhikkhuni Order in Bangladesh

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    The Journey of Women Going Forth into the Bhikkhuni Order in Bangladesh
    There is an ongoing controversy within the Theravada tradition over the validity of bhikkhuni or female ordination. However, with strong support from some senior and influential monks within the sangha, the bhikkhuni order is now undergoing a revival...

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  • Conscientious Compassion—Bhikkhu Bodhi on Climate Change, Social Justice, and Saving the World

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Conscientious Compassion—Bhikkhu Bodhi on Climate Change, Social Justice, and Saving the World
    American scholar and Theravada monk Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi might not receive the same high-profile press coverage as the Roman Catholic Church’s charismatic standard-bearer Pope Francis, but it is becoming evident to Buddhism watchers and commentators ...

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