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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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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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