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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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Going beyond Rational and Irrational Devotion

by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, The Buddhist Channel, May 9, 2017

Timphu, Bhutan -- There are three types of devotion: rational devotion, irrational devotion, and beyond rational and irrational devotion.

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Vatican calls on Catholics and Buddhists to work together to promote nonviolence

by Joshua J. McElwee, NCR Today, Apr. 24, 2017

Vatican City -- The Vatican has called on Catholics and Buddhists to work together to teach wider society the value of a nonviolent lifestyle, saying in a letter for an upcoming Buddhist holiday that the founders of the two faiths were alike in their promotion of peacemaking.

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Monk-run Tokyo bar proffers drinks even as it teaches Buddhism

by May Masangkay, The Japan Times, Apr 22, 2017

Tokyo, Japan -- Drinking at your neighborhood bar would appear to be inconsistent with a Buddhist’s quest for clarity of mind and enlightenment.

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This is how Buddhist monks live without money

by Tree Watson, Economy, 15 April 2017

Laypeople and the monastic community have a relationship of mutual dependence. It's called 'gift economics'
"Take money, for example. In the past there wasn’t any paper money. Paper was just paper, without any value. Then people decided that silver money was hard to store, so they turned paper into money. And so it serves as money."

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