The Dalai Lama speaks on Trump and ‘America first’

By Josh Rogin, The Washington Post, October 11, 2017

-- The Dalai Lama, the spiritual head of the Tibetan nation, is known worldwide for his advocacy of non-violence, peaceful coexistence, environmental protection and human rights. But the 82-year-old Buddhist monk is worried about the rise of nationalism and selfishness around the world and in the United States. More

Sulak Sivaraksa, 85, faces 15 YEARS in prison for questioning whether a king's duel fought on elephant-back 400 years ago actually happened

The Daily Mail, Oct 10, 2017

Sulak Sivaraksa was officially charged with insulting the monarchy earlier today

Bangkok, Thailand
-- An 85-year-old man faces 15 years in jail after asking Thais to think critically about whether one of the country's king won a duel on elephant-back in 1593.  More

Pope to Meet Top Buddhist Monks in Myanmar, Address Military
Reuters, 11 October 2017

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis will meet Myanmar’s top Buddhist monks, its military generals and civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi in November when he visits that country and Bangladesh, both caught up in a crisis over the self-identifying Rohingya Muslim minority.  More

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