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Changing empires and the decline of Buddhism

Last year we read reports from one of the major archaeological discoveries of recent years, Musi River, Sumatra. Very rich finds of luxury items, especially gold, suggest that we are dealing with the lost capital of a long forgotten empire. Srivijaya was a mighty merchant trading empire of the seas, a thalassocracy, which controlled the […]

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The Kashmiri monk who helped spread Buddhism across Asia

Javanese folklore contains the story of a late 4th century Hindu king named Vadhaka who converted to Buddhism. According to legend, one night Vadhaka’s mother dreamed of a holy man coming to Java on a flying boat. The very next day, a Kashmiri monk named Gunavarman reached the shores of the island. Upon Gunavarman’s arrival, […]

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Sri Lanka – China cracks down on Buddhism in Tibet

(MENAFN- Colombo Gazette) The latest annual report published by the Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy describes Tibet as a “giant open prison”. A Freedom House report said the human rights situation in Tibet was between Syria and North Korea. In “The State of Human Rights in the World” published by Amnesty International, the […]

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China cracks down on Buddhism in Tibet

The latest annual report published by the Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy describes Tibet as a “giant open-air prison”. A Freedom House report said the human rights situation in Tibet was between Syria and North Korea. In “The State of Human Rights in the World” published by Amnesty International, the situations in China […]

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The world can learn from the concept of benevolent love of Buddhism

As the world grapples with the trauma of Covid-19, World Kindness Day, celebrated annually on November 13, was a good opportunity to reflect on the healing potential of acts of kindness large and small. Indeed, it is the acts of kindness of essential workers that have helped save so many lives. As a specialist in […]

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Ironic? Myanmar monk seeks to bring back the glory of Buddhism to India

By Vidya Bhushan Rawat*Kushinagar celebrates the life and achievements of Bhadant Gyaneshwar Mahasthivir, the chief monk of the main Mahaparinirvan temple. He celebrated his 85th birthday on November 10. Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh is one of the most important places for Buddhists around the world, as Buddha gave his last sermon there and met his […]

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Avatar: 5 forgotten facts about Aang’s body

Aang, a spirited hero and a spirited protagonist, makes it easy for us to forget that he is the strongest character in the world. Avatar series. Although he was frozen in an iceberg for 100 years, his chronological age of 112 years is not reflected in either his personality or his appearance. Aang’s carefree exterior […]

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In Sri Lanka, Tamil connection to Buddhism is ignored

The unsustainable claims made by Sinhalese and Tamils ​​over language, religion and ethnicity have confused Sri Lankan politics in the post-independence era. The Sinhalese proclaim loud and clear that Buddhism is in essence and exclusively a “Sinhalese” religion. Tamils, on the other hand, claim with the same vehemence, that they have always been pure Hindus, […]

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In Sri Lanka, the Tamil link with Buddhism has gone under the carpet

The unsustainable claims made by Sinhalese and Tamils ​​over language, religion and ethnicity have confused Sri Lankan politics in the post-independence era. The Sinhalese proclaim loud and clear that Buddhism is in essence and exclusively a “Sinhalese” religion. Tamils, on the other hand, claim with the same vehemence, that they have always been pure Hindus, […]

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After Michael Jerryson (1974-2021) No one will ever look at Buddhism the same way

It may not be too much of a stretch to say that after Michael Jerryson no one will view Buddhism in the same way. Others have written about Buddhist violence and war, of course, but Jerryson brought it to the public’s attention in a way that couldn’t be ignored. Michael Jerryson / Facebook When he […]

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The giant behind the revival of Buddhism

Our most venerable Hikkaduwe Sri Sumangala Thera was born on January 20, 1827. It was a dark time in Sri Lanka’s history when the country which suffered greatly under the suffocating rule of Portuguese and Dutch settlers at the time, was forced to officially surrender himself to the British Empire. Thus, on March 2, 1815, […]

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Where does Buddhism get its reputation for peace?

When I teach an undergraduate course on ‘Buddhism and Violence’, I usually start by asking students to rank religious groups according to the number of followers they have in the British Army. Typically Christians are at the top of the student lists and Buddhists at the bottom. This reflects an unconscious prejudice that many of […]

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The fusion of religious beliefs in Thailand: Buddhism, animism and Brahmanism

Thais are known to be devout Theravada, or Orthodox Buddhists. In fact, the country’s government is a theocracy in which many holidays and ceremonies are officially recognized in its calendar of events. Schools are closing and government institutions closed in order to give its residents a day off to celebrate and participate in national Buddhist […]

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How Buddhism Can Help Cambodia Get Through the Pandemic

For all Cambodians, 2020 has been a difficult year characterized by the battle between the nation and COVID-19, an invisible enemy that has today claimed 1.81 million lives worldwide. The year also saw Cambodia face one of the worst socio-economic calamities in its history, with millions of people suffering. In an exclusive interview with the […]

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What Buddhism and Science Can Teach Each Other – and Us – About the Universe

These are difficult times. A global recession triggered by the coronavirus pandemic and widespread civil unrest have created a combustible mix of anxiety – stressors that increase the risk of long-term health problems. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released guidelines for dealing with this anxiety. Among them is meditation. Buddhists have known […]

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10 best films (non-documentaries) about Buddhism

Usually, searching for films about spirituality and religion will bring up a lot of documentary viewing – and while that’s great (and a wonderful way to learn), it’s not always what viewers want. Sometimes it would be nice to see a fictional (or biographical) film with a spiritual bent – something that can be light, […]

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Seoul International Buddhism Expo showcases an industry born of traditions and beliefs

Tens of thousands of people from all over the world come to South Korea this month for one of Asia’s most diverse exhibitions, which will showcase a global industry born out of the traditions, beliefs and spiritual practices of Buddhism. Seoul International Buddhism Expo (BEXPO) 2019 will be held at Seoul Trade Fair and Convention […]

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Tibetan monks will share their beliefs and practices with the Penn State community October 22-26

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State and the Center for Spiritual and Ethical Development will host Tibetan Buddhist monks from Tashi Kyil Monastery for a week-long visit to University Park Oct. 22-26. On Monday morning October 22, the monks will begin their work on a sand mandala in the garden room of the Pasquerilla spiritual […]

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Buddhism and its origins

It’s hard to find a self-help book today that doesn’t praise the benefits of meditation, mindfulness, and yoga. Many people engage in meditation and other practices associated with Buddhism. But not everyone realizes the intricacies of religion, according to Stanford expert Paul Harrison. (Image credit: FatCamera / Getty Images) Many of these practices are rooted […]

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Crisis of faith within Buddhism?

Our monastic community has long been a spiritual refuge for Thai society, with our Buddhist monks long held in high esteem. This might no longer be a familiar scenario, however, with a slew of bad news about the indecent behavior and misconduct of many monastic members having cast a negative light on the clergy like […]

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Religious beliefs in North Korea

Until the late 4th century AD, Korea was dominated by its native indigenous religion which was socially guided by shamans. However, it was during this time that the country was introduced to Buddhism and Confucianism from China. Under the Kingdom of Goryeo (918-1392), which had unified the country, Buddhism became a major force in the […]

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Korean Buddhism’s Jogye Order to Build Global Meditation Village – Buddhistdoor Global

The design of Mungyeong World Meditation Village. At yonhapnews.co.kr The Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism plans to build a large-scale meditation complex in front of Bongam-sa, a temple in the city of Mungyeong in South Korea’s Gyeongsang Province. Mungyeong Global Meditation Village, the brainchild of Bongam Temple of the Jogye Order and a group of […]

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Chinese Buddhism in Penang – Buddhistdoor Global

Penang State in Malaysia is probably the most religiously diverse place I have ever visited. As I walked through George Town, the capital of Penang, I was completely enchanted by the density of the different religious architectures. In the morning, the Hindu deities of the Sri Mahamariamman temple are awakened in a puja ritual. Throughout […]

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What Buddhism teaches about peace and war

Buddhism is generally considered, with good reason, to be the most peaceful religion in the world. Like other South Asian religions, it emphasizes the principle of Ahimsah, the “non-injury” of other living beings. Yet his teachings also emphasize that violence harms the spiritual state of the abuser, as well as that of the victim. Evil […]

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How Buddhism is used to justify violence in Myanmar

Four hundred thousand Rohingya have fled their homes in Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh in the face of what the UN Secretary-General calls “a vicious cycle of persecution, discrimination, radicalization and violent repression” by the Myanmar military. A humanitarian crisis resulted; the world is watching images of Rohingya villages reduced to ashes. Aung San Suu Kyi, […]

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Islam and Buddhism are more alike than you think

Grade 12 student Jessica Robinson argues that Islam and Buddhism are more alike than you might think. SINCE the dawn of mankind, humans have attempted to answer the most complex and confusing questions in the universe through religious beliefs. Questions such as why are we here? How did we come? Religions around the world have […]

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There is a misogynistic aspect of Buddhism that no one talks about – Quartz India

Hinduism is patriarchal. No doubt about it. The same is true of Christianity and Islam, Sikhism and Shintoism, Jainism and Judaism. But Buddhism? It is not the first religion that comes to mind when it comes to misogyny. The assumption is that Buddhism is rational, modern, agnostic and liberal in matters of gender and sexuality. […]