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George Takei: Buddhism ‘Made A Lot Of Sense For Me'

By Carol Kuruvilla, The Huffington Post, Jan 24, 2015



San Francisco, CA (USA)
-- George Takei is an actor, a social media star, and a gay rights activist. He’s also a longtime Buddhist whose faith has helped him get through the rough patches in his life -- like coming to terms with his sexual orientation and making sense of his Japanese family’s internment during World War II.

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We need Bodhisattvas  New
by JH Low, Bangkok, Thailand, The Buddhist Channel, Jan 16, 2015
I write with regards to your op-ed "Je suis la parole juste" (I am right speech). I am thankful that this news platform has taken the onus to explain the Paris incident with a Buddhist perspective. I agree with the approach of not using the "middle way" as a literally term in this context, which would have juxtaposed this important teaching of the Buddha as a middle point between two extremes.  More



Charlie Hebdo Incident: Can Buddhist Right Speech Stop such Conflict?
by Aik Theng Chong, The Buddhist Channel, Jan 15, 2015
Singapore -- We can expect extreme actions and results to follow when peoples of two extreme view clashes as can be seen from the Charlie Hebdo incident. One wonders, can such incident be prevented from ever happening again?  More


Buddhism and freedom of speech
by Sanitsuda Ekachai, The Bangkok Post, 14 Jan 2015
Bangkok, Thailand -- 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 - freedom of expression or cultural sensitivity?  More


What is Right Speech (samma vaca)?
The Buddhist Channel, Jan 15, 2015
The Buddha divides right speech into four components: abstaining from false speech, abstaining from slanderous speech, abstaining from harsh speech, and abstaining from idle chatter. Because the effects of speech are not as immediately evident as those of bodily action, its importance and potential is easily overlooked.  More



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