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The roots of intolerance and prejudice in Buddhism

by DR PAUL FULLER, DVB, 2 August 2014

London, UK -- Violence related to Buddhism in Sri Lanka and Burma often leaves observers with a sense of bewilderment; many Buddhist practitioners have resorted to violent means in the name of what is essentially a peaceful religion. This contradiction is somewhat easier to understand when viewed from two angles – East and West.

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Rebirth of Indian Buddhism under Narendra Modi

by Senaka Weeraratna, Lankaweb, May 21, 2014

Newly elected Prime Minister will promote India’s rich Buddhist heritage to attract tourists and scholars and enhance India’s standing in the world

New Delhi, India -- The world’s first Global Buddhist missionary Anagarika Dharmapala and the most talked about man in India today and perhaps in the entire policy and decision making world the Prime Minister designate of India the iconic Narendra Modi, share something in common with each other.

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Sri Lanka: Buddhist Jurisprudence Conference - A

The Daily Mirror, 13 May 2014

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- In this Vesak week when religious and cultural values of this country take centre-stage it would be apt to discuss an important and crucial aspect of governance that had not received much attention of the professionals, the academia and the authorities concerned during the past 60 years since independence.

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Why I have little sympathy for the Buddha tattoo tourist

by Amantha Perera, The Guardian, 23 April 2014

There's no excuse for tourists getting in trouble in Sri Lanka for cultural insensitivity – just do a little research before travelling

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The arrest and pending deportation of a 37-year-old British nurse, Naomi Coleman, from Sri Lanka for sporting a tattoo of a meditating Buddha on her right arm has once again raised the issue of tourists being woefully unaware of religious and cultural sensitivities in places they visit.

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The Crisis facing the Buddhist World

by Senaka Weeraratna, The Buddhist Channel, Feb 28, 2014

The Buddhist World lacks an effective mechanism to help save a Buddhist Nation in Danger

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The crisis facing the Buddhist world is neither a decline in religious conviction nor an apprehension that truth underpinned by rational argument and new scientific discoveries will one day overtake and outstrip the core teachings of its founder which is a perennial fear bordering on despondency that characterizes several other competing religions, but the lack of an effective institutional mechanism that can lend support when a Buddhist institution, Buddhist community or even  a pre-dominant Buddhist nation is in danger.

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