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Buddha branding is everywhere – but what do Buddhists think?

by Morwenna Ferrier, The Guardian, 8 January 2017

Buddhism is all about restraint and detachment, so no wonder the religion’s philosophy is proving popular at the start of a year in which many already feel anxious
London, UK
-- New year, new tenuously legitimate diet rooted in spirituality. The Buddha diet is one of January’s horde. Ostensibly rooted in sensible, restrictive eating, it’s also one of the latest examples of consumer society co-opting asceticism to sell stuff.


Suu Kyi's Astute Move On Rohingya Issue in Myanmar

by Kalinga Seneviratne, The Buddhist Channel, Jan 2, 2017

BANGKOK, Thailand -- With mounting demonstrations in support of Rohingyas in fellow ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) Muslim majority countries Malaysia and Indonesia, Myanmar’s de-facto leader and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi made an astute move to summon Foreign Ministers of ASEAN for a one-day “retreat” to Yangoon on December 19 to brief them on the situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine State where most Rohingyas live.


Rohingya are being destroyed, ‘full security and protection’ most urgent

The Buddhist Channel, 18 November 2016

Arakan, Myanmar -- Arakan Rohingya National Organisation strongly condemns the mass killing and torture murder, rape, plundering and wholesome destruction of Rohingya people and their properties, homes and villages in Northern Arakan since 9 October.


Climate change, water rights deeply interlinked globally: Buddhist leader

IANS, Nov 14, 2016

New Delhi, India -- Climate change and water rights are deeply inter-connected, globally. Seasons seem to be inverting in the Himalayas where you see snow in summer and entire villages that have existed for generations have had to relocate because of water-pattern changes.


Cristiano Ronaldo accused of offending Buddhists with 'disrespectful' Instagram post

by Callum Davis, The Telegraph, 20 October 2016

Madrid, Spain -- When you've got nearly 80 million followers on Instagram, chances are your posts will offend someone.


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