Blind spot in Buddhist studies

by Eisel Mazard, New Mandala, December 17, 2014

Hong Kong, China
-- I recently spoke with a professor who was inviting me to join a graduate level program. When he asked what I’d like to write a thesis about, I gave an honest and unrehearsed answer: “Well, I’m open-minded, but I want all of my research to really be connected to political and economic reality.”


Cananonizing a Saint May Not Be Saintly After All
By Kalinga Seneviratne, The Buddhist Channel, Dec 17, 2014
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Pope Francis is due to make a three-day visit to Buddhist-majority Sri Lanka with the highlight of the visit being the canonization of Joseph Vaz, an Indian born 17th century Catholic missionary who spent most of his life in Sri Lanka to help Catholics persecutedby the island’s Dutch rulers at the time.  More

What are Myanmar’s Buddhist Sunday schools teaching?
by Matthew J Walton, East Asia Forum, 16 December 2014
Oxford, UK -- A Buddhist monk sits in front of a classroom of children in a small town in rural Myanmar. He chants lines which the students dutifully repeat, as they do every week at these Buddhist ‘Sunday school’ classes. The monk teaches Buddhist values, regales students with stories of the Buddha’s previous lives, and talks about Myanmar’s history as a Buddhist nation.  More

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