Sunday, November 18, 2012


  • President Obama jokes with Buddhist monk asking for prayers on budget

    BANGKOK, Thailand - President Obama joked with a Buddhist monk at the Wat Pho Royal Monastery in Bangkok that, "yes we're working on this budget we're going to need a lot of prayer for that.

  • Buddhist 'People Of Color Sanghas', Diversity Efforts Address Conflicts About ...

    This article is a part of Faith Shift, a Huffington Post series on how changes in demographics, culture, politics and theology are transforming religion in America.

  • Rights group: Myanmar forces supported attacks

    Human Rights Watch said soldiers in some parts of western Rakhine state also tried to stop Buddhist attacks and protect Muslim civilians, known as Rohingya.

  • Buddhist student hails gift

    The "organisational development consultant" from Adelaide was one of the first four people to graduate from Wollongong's fledgling Nan Tien Institute with a graduate certificate in Applied Buddhist Studies yesterday. She said that to be among the first ...

  • The lost lands of Buddhist belief

    In today's religiously riven landscape, it's hard to imagine how Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Islam, Sikhism and Christianity took turns to water the land, each to its own degree.

  • Tibetan Buddhists aflame and protests, Gangnam Style

    The crisis happening inside Tibet deserves more than a short paragraph in a dingy corner of the NYTimes. This new giant owes it to its millions of readers the fact about the self-immolation by Tibetans inside Tibet demanding freedom from China's ...

  • Myanmar's Ethnic Strife Undercuts Reform

    In January, Buddhist monk Sayataw Virathu was one of hundreds of prisoners released in a sweeping amnesty. When he was freed, he was greeted at Mandalay's airport by hundreds of saffron-robed monks who whisked him off by motorcade to this dusty ...

  • Kung-Fu Nuns Teach Cosmic Energy To CERN Scientists

    GENEVA (Reuters) - A dozen kung fu nuns from an Asian Buddhist order displayed their martial arts prowess to bemused scientists at CERN this week as their spiritual leader explained how their energy was like that of the cosmos.

  • Briton becomes first Western Tibetan Buddhist monk to die from self-immolation

    Tonden, 38, whose name at birth was David Alain, had been training for the past five years in the Nalanda monastery near the southwestern village of Labastide-Saint-Georges.

  • Is Zen a Maserati or a Schwin? Reflections on Elitism and Pluralism

    The fine Buddhist scholar Dale Wright (see Philosophical Meditations on Zen Buddhism, for example) gave a fine talk at the recent bi-annual meeting of the Soto Zen Buddhist Association about the virtues of Zen practice and his concerns about where this ...

  • Implications of President Obama's Asian visit to Buddhist Burma

    Myanmar/Burma is a Buddhist country with a population of 60m people. Myanmar borders 5 countries - China, India, Bangladesh, Thailand and Laos.

  • Buddhist, Hindu Make History With Elections To Congress

    Like Buddhists, estimates of the Hindu-American community in the U.S. also vary. Largely made up of Indian-Americans, the Hindu population is between 600,000 to 2.3 million.

  • First Hindu Elected to U.S. Congress

    When she is sworn in January 3, Gabbard will succeed Democrat Mazie Hirono, a Buddhist who won a decisive victory (266,435 to 159,002 / 62.6% to 37.4%) over Republican Linda Lingle to replace retiring Democratic Senator Daniel Akaka.

  • Letter: Americans went with the middle

    The 2012 federal elections showed that the American electorate has chosen the Middle Path (the Buddhist principle of madhyama pratipada) between the extremes of capitalism (yang)) and socialism (yin) as the preferred way to solve the monumental ...

  • Pirith Chanting in London to Invoke Blessings for President Rajapaksa

    London Buddhist Vihara, Chiswick; Sri Saddhatissa International Buddhist Centre, Kingsbury; Birmingham Maha Vihara in Birmingham; Thames Buddhist Vihara in London; Eastham Temple, London; Edmonton Temple, London; Letchworth Dhamma ...

  • Strong earthquake strikes Burma

    YANGON, Burma (AP) - A strong earthquake collapsed a bridge and damaged ancient Buddhist pagodas in northern Burma, and piecemeal reports from the underdeveloped mining region said mines collapsed and as many as 12 people were feared dead.

  • Ethnic hatred unleashed: Killings of Myanmar Muslims organized, sources tell ...

    The commotion stirred up ethnic Rakhine Buddhists in the next village, who began shouting anti-Muslim slurs. Relations between the two communities were already so tense that six soldiers were stationed nearby.

  • Muslim-Buddhist Clashes Spread in Myanmar

    YANGON, Myanmar—Skirmishes between Muslims and Buddhists in western Myanmar have spread to two new districts where authorities are struggling to douse flames from burning homes, the government said Wednesday.

  • Next Economy, Buddhist Economy

    The Buddhist point of view takes the function of work to be at least threefold: to give a man a chance to utilize and develop his faculties; to enable him to overcome his ego-centeredness by joining with other people in a common task; and to bring ...

  • Is Meditation Buddhism Booming or Fading?

    I have often written that we are approaching the 50 year mark of Buddhist meditation practice in America. In many ways this style of Buddhism has become well established and familiar to the mainstream culture. Meditation, dharma teachers, retreat ...

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