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Soto Zen Buddhist Association Statement on the Orlando Tragedy

The Buddhist Channel, June 20, 2016

As members of the Soto Zen Buddhist Association - along with communities and practitioners of all faiths - we stand in solidarity with those who seek to live in peace and nonviolence, and grieve for the loss of life in Orlando. In particular we extend our heartfelt compassion to Orlando’s Latino and LBGTQ communities, their friends and families.


Equity and equality the Buddhist way

By Sajitha Prematunge, The Nation, June 18, 2016

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka signed the Paris Agreement in April, the culmination of negotiations held among member states who agreed on the landmark climate deal during COP21 held in Paris in December 2015. According to United Nations Framework on Climate Change, as  May 20, 2016, there are 177 signatories to the Paris Agreement.


Dhamma for Asking - New monks are just like newly-delivered infants

By Ajaan Suchart Abhijato, The Buddhist Channel, June 7, 2016

Bangkok, Thailand -- Before laypeople ordain as monks they know how to do all sorts of things. After they ordain, they don’t think it is necessary to study, to stay and train under a meditation master. They think that they can go ahead and practice by themselves. Nowadays monks ordain and do not stay with a meditation master, but instead establish a meditation centre with themselves as an abbot.


10 rituals to honour Buddha on Wesak Day

By Christina Low and Jarod Lim, The Star, May 21, 2016

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia -- TODAY thousands of Buddhists across the country will be visiting temples to celebrate Wesak Day and pay homage to the Lord Buddha.


‘Seeing’ Vesak


Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Like any other festivals, Vesak Poya has also become a festival of merry-making. Make-shift stalls come out of the woodworks in the city, dangling ready-made lanterns of a multitude of colours. People scurry in and out of stalls buying Vesak cards, lanterns, buckets, masks, Buddhist flags, and lights bulbs is a common scene during the season.


Reach Out to Bridge Differences, Show Compassion on Global Scale, Secretary-General Urges in Message for Day of Vesak

by Ban Ki-Moon, United Nations Secretary-General, The Buddhist Channel, May 17, 2016

New York -- The following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message on the Day of Vesak, to be observed on 20 May.


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