Is Violation of the First Precept with Minimal Karmic Retribution Possible?

by Aik Theng Chong, The Buddhist Channnel, Nov 19, 2017

-- Myanmar’s most revered Buddhist leader gave a speech, which appeared to suggest that the killing of those who are not Buddhist could be justified on the grounds that they were not complete humans, or indeed humans at all.  More

Buddhism and Islam in Asia: A Long and Complicated History

By Akhilesh Pillalamarri, The Diplomat, October 29, 2017

Demography and history explain troubled attitudes toward Islam in Buddhist-majority Asian regions today.

New Delhi, India
-- A cursory glance at world news today may suggest that the fault-line where Buddhism and Islam meet in Asia is increasingly characterized by conflict between the two religions. Of course, in broadest sense, this is not true, as religions are made up of numerous individuals and leaders, who are generally of differing opinions.  More

1,700-year-old sleeping Buddha found in Pakistan, evoking diverse heritage

Reuters, November 16, 2017

HARIPUR, Pakistan -- Pakistan unveiled the remains of a 1,700-year-old sleeping Buddha image on Wednesday, part of an initiative to encourage tourism and project religious harmony in a region roiled by Islamist militancy.  More

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