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Climate Change is a Moral Issue

by Bhikkhu Bodhi, The Buddhist Channel, Sept 2, 2015

A Buddhist Reflection on the Pope’s Climate Encyclical, Laudato si’

On June 18, Pope Francis issued an encyclical letter, Laudato si’ (Praised Be), “On Care for our Common Home,” pointing to climate change as the overriding moral issue of our time.

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Theravada Bhikkhuni and the Buddha's Four-fold Assembly

by Dr Dion Peoples, The Buddhist Channel, Aug 8, 2015

A properly functioning Sangha has four aspects: bhikkhus, bhikkhunis, lay women and lay men. All are equally required to uphold and support the Buddha's doctrinal tradition and practices.

Bangkok, Thailand -- When I was in the US Air Force, stationed in Germany, I was given a set of books - the writings of Nicherin, by an older woman co-worker.  I also came into contact with a Taiwanese Buddhist woman who owned and operated a Chinese Restaurant, near the base where I was stationed.  

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China can’t erase Buddhism from Tibet: Dalai Lama

Hindustan Times, Jun 22, 2015

Dharmshala, India -- Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama has said that Buddhism is deeply rooted in Tibetan culture and China cannot annihilate it with repressive measures.

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United Nations Day of Vesak calls for interdependence, wisdom and compassion in facing crises

The Buddhist Channel, May 31, 2015

Bangkok, Thailand – Delegates at the United Nations Day of Vesak (UNDV) have issued a declaration exhorting nations to contemplate on the interdependence of sentient beings with other sentient beings and the environment, and to promote optimism through wisdom and compassion to transform crises into opportunities.

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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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