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INEB to organize "Awakening Leadership Training Program"

The Buddhist Channel, June 16, 2017

"Education needs to be re-envisioned to include the cultivation
of wisdom, as well as learning to live in society and overcoming oppression and exploitation. For education to be more effective, it has to be dialogical, inclusive, and compassionate, and needs to heal the rift between body and mind... Buddhist education begins with humanity’s ultimate questions: What is the meaning of  life?  What  is  our  own  deepest  nature?  What  is  our  responsibility  to  others?  Buddhism  does  not  separate  life  from education" -- Sulak Sivaraksa

Bangkok, Thailand
-- The INEB Institute in collaboration with Ecovillage Transition Asia will be organizing a 5-month "Awakening Leadership Training Program" program for committed social change workers.

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Hundreds of nuns trained in Kung Fu are biking the Himalayas to oppose human trafficking

by Nita Bhalla, The Buddhist Channel (Source: Reuters, Sep. 16, 2016)

Kathmandu, Nepal -- Clad in black sweatpants, red jackets and white helmets, the hundreds of cyclists pedaling the treacherously steep, narrow mountain passes to India from Nepal could be mistaken for a Himalayan version of the Tour de France.

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A Call to All Buddhists

by Mike Sliwa, The Good Men Project, June 4, 2017

A respectful call to our Buddhist friends, teachers, and guides who remain emotionally and physically attached to such a global catastrophe.
New Mexico, USA --
Within our industrial civilization, the pace of life is overwhelmingly fast. Many (probably most, if we’re honest) are addicted to constant outside stimulus. One fleeting moment arises as we unsuccessfully cling to the last. Reaching for the next distraction, and the next, and the next, we look for stability, searching for permanence. The ephemeral, ironically, becomes an attachment to “things”.

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Buddhism, Science And The Western World

by Adam Frank, NPR.org, May 11, 2017

When discussions about science and religion turn into debates about science versus religion, Buddhism mostly gets a pass.
New York, USA
-- Thanks to the work of the Dalai Lama and others, Buddhism can seem far friendlier to modern, scientifically minded sensibilities than the Abrahamic religions. This alignment with science is strengthened by the widespread adoption of mindfulness techniques - often derived from Buddhist and other contemplative practices - in domains like medicine and psychology.

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Buddha Purnima 2017: How Vesak is celebrated around the world

By Sonali Pimputkar, Free Press Journal, May 9, 2017

Buddha Purnima or Vesak is celebrated with religious fervour by the followers of Buddhism around the world. It not only marks the day when Gautam Buddha but also the day when he attained Nirvana (salvation) under the Mahabodhi tree at Bodh Gaya.

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Ancient Buddhist texts reveal shifting perspectives on women

BY Laura Paisley, USC.edu, April 14, 2017

USC scholar studies the ideal of gender roles within Buddhism, focusing on the women and religious texts of fifth-century China
California, USA
-- It’s an interesting aspect of Buddhist tradition: Women were prevented from fully participating in Buddhism by the mere fact of having female bodies. That circumstance, and how views of it evolved, piqued the interest of Stephanie Balkwill.

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