200 Buddhist monks, nuns killed in Nepal earthquake
PTI, May 22, 2015
KATHMANDU, Nepal -- Around 200 Buddhist monks and nuns were killed
when about 1,000 monasteries collapsed in the massive April 25 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks in Nepal, according to authorities.
Happy Vesak 2015 / 2558 B.E.
This year, Vesak is observed the world over as follows:
May 2: Myanmar | May 3: Cambodia, Malaysia and Sri Lanka
May 4: India, Nepal | May 14: South Korea (a.k.a. Buddha's Birthday)
May 25: China | June 1: Indonesia, Laos, Singapore, Thailand
Buddhist violence in Myanmar highlights religious misconceptions
by Kevin Gross, The DePaulia, May 17, 2015
Yangon, Myanmar -- A Pew Research Center polling study found that 35 percent of Americans believe that “Islam is more likely than others to encourage violence.” American popular society oft-holds binary viewpoints on religion: Islam is associated with militancy, while other traditions, such as Buddhism, get painted as a universally-peaceful alternative to mainstream religious exploitation. More
Hardliner tries to reform Thailand’s Buddhist monks behaving badly
by Anna Fifield, The Washington Post, May 15, 2015
Scandals involving drugs, financial impropriety and lavish lifestyles have tarnished the reputation of the country’s dominant religious order
Bangkok, Thailand -- Think Buddhist monk, and bodyguards and bomb threats probably don’t spring to mind. But that’s exactly what Phra Buddha Issara is dealing with as he mounts a campaign to overhaul Thailand’s religious institutions. More