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Buddhist violence in Myanmar highlights religious misconceptions

by Kevin Gross, The DePaulia, May 17, 2015

Yangon, Myanmar -- A Pew Research Center polling study found that 35 percent of Americans believe that “Islam is more likely than others to encourage violence.” American popular society oft-holds binary viewpoints on religion: Islam is associated with militancy, while other traditions, such as Buddhism, get painted as a universally-peaceful alternative to mainstream religious exploitation.

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The modern Buddhist minister

By Michael Naughton, HDS Communications, May 7, 2015

Panel looks at challenges of training Buddhist ministers to meet the needs of today

Cambridge, MA (USA) -- Harvard University was founded in 1636 to establish “a learned ministry.” Nearly four centuries later, Harvard Divinity School (HDS) works to produce a learned ministry for modern times.

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Buddhist Nun Sets Herself Ablaze in Protest against Chinese Rule in Tibet

by Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D., breitbart.com, 11 Apr 2015

Sichuan Province, China -- Tibetan nun Yeshi Khando is believed to have died after setting herself on fire earlier this week to protest Chinese rule in the Himalayan region and express support for the Dalai Lama. Khando is the 138th Tibetan to perform this form of self-immolation protest since 2009.

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Buddhist Union – Spiritual Confluence or Geo-Politics?

by Claude Arpi, Niti Central, March 23, 2015

New Delhi, India -- On March 19, an unusual event happened in Delhi. The Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama met with a delegation of Sri Lankan Theros (senior monks), to discuss about Vinaya, the Buddhist monastic discipline. It is a rather rare occurrence, as the followers of the Buddha rarely ‘exchange’ their views on their respective interpretations of the Buddha’s words.

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Forest abbot warns Sangha reform 'urgent'

by INTARACHAI PANICHAKUL, The Bangkok Post, 12 Mar 2015

Bangkok, Thailand -- Thai Buddhism is in crisis. Public faith is constantly eroded by wayward monks, their blatant abuse of the saffron robes, widespread laxity in monks' discipline, fierce competition for monastic ranks, and distortions of Buddhist teachings. 

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