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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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  • Time to look within

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Time to look within
    The annual three-month Buddhist Lent, starting today, aims at giving monks time for intensive meditation and spiritual contemplation. Many devout Buddhists also use this period to observe more strictly the sila or moral precepts ...

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  • Thai Buddhists to help anti-Muslim Myanmar monks set up radio station

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Thai Buddhists to help anti-Muslim Myanmar monks set up radio station
    Thai Buddhists have offered to help a network of hardline anti-Muslim Myanmar monks set up a radio station to spread their message across a nation where sectarian hatred is on the rise.

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  • Dharma and the Erotic: How Should We Love?

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Dharma and the Erotic: How Should We Love?
    A good deal of contemporary Buddhist literature exists that confronts unhealthy and deluded ideas of romantic and sexual love. Today’s popular media and advertising certainly peddles a distorted vision of erotic desire, or eros, as one of self-fulfillment and attachment...

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  • Nationalism, not Buddhism, is Thailand's true religion

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Nationalism, not Buddhism, is Thailand`s true religion
    Every time Thailand hits world headlines — be it because of forced or child prostitution, slave labor, human trafficking or political violence — the world asks: how could a Buddhist country commit such crimes?

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  • Buddhists invited to join nationwide celebration of Visakha Puja Day 2015

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Buddhists invited to join nationwide celebration of Visakha Puja Day 2015
    The Department of Religious Affairs has invited Buddhists in Thailand to perform good deeds and wear white clothes on their visit to nearby temples on the occasion of Visakha Puja Day and Atthamee Puja Day 2015.

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  • Eighteen International Scholars Awarded 2014/15 in Buddhist Studies

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Eighteen International Scholars Awarded 2014/15 in Buddhist Studies
    The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation announced on 12 May that 18 scholars who are seeking to shed fresh light on a range of Buddhism-related subjects have been selected for grants under The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies.

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  • The Magha Puja Festival: A Time to Make Merit for Southeast Asian Buddhists

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    The Magha Puja Festival: A Time to Make Merit for Southeast Asian Buddhists
    The Southeast Asian countries Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar are known for their many colorful and enjoyable festivals. One of the most popular is Magha Puja or Sangha Day, an important Buddhist festival that extends across many cultures and beliefs...

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  • Amitabha-invocation Should Not Be Mixed With Other Buddha-invocations

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Amitabha-invocation Should Not Be Mixed With Other Buddha-invocations
    in order to ensure rebirth in the Land of Bliss, Pure Land practitioners should not mix Amitabha-recitation with other Buddhist practices. It is essential not to mix practices because keeping the practice pure shows the practitioner’s full confidence and reliance on “Buddha power” in order to attain the Buddha’s merit and ...

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  • Thailand Celebrates Makha Bucha

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Thailand Celebrates Makha Bucha
    The Buddhist holiday of Makha Bucha, or Magha Puja, was celebrated in Thailand this year on 4 March. The holiday is mainly observed in Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Laos, and according to the lunar calendar, falls on the full moon day of ...

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  • Ancient Buddhist Sites in Pakistan in Urgent Need of Conservation

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Ancient Buddhist Sites in Pakistan in Urgent Need of Conservation
    Many ancient Buddhist sites in Pakistan are deteriorating due to the lack of any proper conservation effort. According to The Express Tribune, further damage has been done to these sites through indifference and neglect on the part of the government ...

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  • Is My Faith in Amitabha Buddha Not Deep Enough?

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Is My Faith in Amitabha Buddha Not Deep Enough?
    What is next after we place our faith in Amitabha’s deliverance? One is considered to have established the two kinds of deep faith when one is earnest in one’s aspiration to be reborn in the Land of ...

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  • The different kinds of Buddhists

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    The different kinds of Buddhists
    If we really had to point it out, we can say that there are six "kinds" of Buddhists. Some of these Buddhists are born Buddhists, other find it, while some just think it's cool. Titling ourselves as Buddhist is like titling ourselves as one of the "cool kids" at school...

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  • Buddhism and freedom of speech

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Buddhism and freedom of speech
    How to be truthful in a hostile environment? How to say things that need to be said to avoid coercion and violence from low tolerance of criticism? What should we respect more in an open society where different cultural norms often compete and clash ...

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  • Buddhism and Debt

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Buddhism and Debt
    The incomparable loftiness of the monk figure—placid and disinterested, having renounced desire—leads many to think of Buddhism as a religion detached from all worldly concerns, especially those of economy. But Buddhism has always addressed a continuum...

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  • Supporting the Ordination of Theravada Nuns

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Supporting the Ordination of Theravada Nuns
    On 29 November, 8 bhikkhunis and 47 novices were ordained at Thippayasathandhamma Bhikkhuni Arama, a nunnery located on the islet of Koh Yor in Thailand’s Songhkla Province. The ceremony was performed by...

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  • 10,000 Malaysian Students Receive School Items

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    10,000 Malaysian Students Receive School Items
    As part of the Educare mission to provide essential school items to children in need regardless of race or religion, a total of 10,000 disadvantaged Malaysian students nationwide received essential school items such as school uniforms, bags, shoes

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  • An Update on Thay’s (Thich Nhat Hanh) Health: 3rd January

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    An Update on Thay’s (Thich Nhat Hanh) Health: 3rd January
    In his current state, Thay is able to recognize familiar faces. He is very responsive to verbal stimuli and has brought everyone great joy by starting to smile in the last few days. One of Thay’s close attendants recounted some shared memories from being on ...

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  • Why the Dalai Lama says reincarnation might not be for him

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Why the Dalai Lama says reincarnation might not be for him
    Adherents of Tibetan Buddhism believe the Dalai Lama, the religion’s highest spiritual authority, has been reincarnated in an unbroken line for centuries. But the current Dalai Lama says he may be the last.

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  • Concluding Session of the 14th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Concluding Session of the 14th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates
    Nobel Peace Laureates gathered in the Giulio Cesar Hall on Rome’s Capitol Hill for the final session of their 14th World Summit. Proceedings opened with Ekaterina Zagladina, President of Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace...

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  • The Pirivena System of Buddhist Education in Sri Lanka

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    The Pirivena System of Buddhist Education in Sri Lanka
    The Buddha is renowned as an accomplished teacher, and his sole purpose was to propagate the truth of life as he understood it. TheAriyapariyesana Sutta of the Majjhima Nikaya (Collection of middle-length discourses) explicitly indicates ...

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  • Merton, Non-self, and Surrender

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Merton, Non-self, and Surrender
    Reading another’s journal is like peering through a window into a person’s world. I recently read The Intimate Merton (1999)—the collected journals of Thomas Merton, the American Trappist monk, writer, and mystic. It was quite illuminating....

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