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Stop Separating Immigrant Families - Statement by 200 Buddhist Leaders

The Buddhist Channel, June 19, 2018

San Francisco, CA (USA) --  The Soto Zen Buddhist Association (United States) has released a statement on the separation of children from their parents at the US–Mexico border. The statement  is signed by more than 200 teachers across Buddhist traditions.


The Dalai Lama speaks on Trump and ‘America first’

By Josh Rogin, The Washington Post, October 11, 2017

DHARAMSALA, India -- The Dalai Lama, the spiritual head of the Tibetan nation, is known worldwide for his advocacy of non-violence, peaceful coexistence, environmental protection and human rights. But the 82-year-old Buddhist monk is worried about the rise of nationalism and selfishness around the world and in the United States.


Why Buddhist ‘fangsheng’ mercy release rituals can be more cruel than kind

The Guardian, Sept 30, 2017

The case of two London Buddhists fined for releasing crustaceans into the sea has thrown the spotlight on a ritual that involves hundreds of millions of wild animals – and a huge industry built around their capture and supply

Brighton, UK
-- It was intended as a Buddhist act of mercy and compassion, but ended in a criminal conviction and significant environmental risk. The release of hundreds of alien lobsters and crabs into the sea off Brighton has highlighted the perils of a ritual that takes kindness to animals too far.


Lord Buddha Would Have Helped Rohingya Muslims, Says Dalai Lama

The Quint, 11 September, 2017

Dharmsala, India -- In the wake of violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state in which the Rohingya Muslims have been targeted, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Sunday said that Lord Buddha "would have definitely helped" the Rohingyas and that he felt "very sad" about the violence.


Aung San Suu Kyi must act independently

The Nation, Thailand, Sept 2, 2017

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi's relative newness to governing is no excuse for failing to act swiftly to end the horrific conflict boiling over in western Rakhine state. The long political struggle she endured before coming to power should have taught her better than most that any military response to a political dispute is bound to fail or even worsen the situation.


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