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Modi’s Buddhist Diplomacy Fails to Dispel Sri Lankan Suspicions

Analysis by Kalinga Seneviratne, Indepthnews.net, May 17, 2017

BANGKOK, Thailand -- The May 11-12 visit to Sri Lanka by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend the UN Day of Vesak festival as a special guest was designed to woo Sri Lanka’s Buddhist majority, but reactions in the Sri Lankan media indicate that it has not succeeded in dispelling their suspicions about “Indian colonialism” of their small neighbour.

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Keeping faith in Buddha-Dhamma

by Kooi F Lim, The Buddhist Channel, May 10, 2017

It's about time we get our act together and learn about the Dhamma as taught by the Buddha

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
-- When Brahma Sahampati implored the just Enlightened Buddha to teach what He had attained, the Buddha reportedly said, "This Dhamma that I have attained is deep, hard to see, hard to realize, peaceful, refined, beyond the scope of conjecture, subtle, to-be-experienced by the wise. But (with) this generation being attached, is excited by attachment, enjoys attachment ... conditionality and dependent co-arising are hard to see.... And if I were to teach the Dhamma and if others would not understand me, that would be tiresome for me, troublesome for me."

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Nalanda Bringing Science, Ethics and Buddhism Together To Save Humanity

By Kalinga Seneviratne, Lotus News Feature, March 27, 2017

Rajgir, India -- A three-day conference convened by the Nava Nalanda Mahavihare (NNM) and funded by the Indian government brought together Buddhist  leaders, scholars and scientists to this historic capital of the Magadha kingdom of the Buddha’s time, to discuss the role of Buddhism in addressing the challenges of the 21st century, with many emphasizing that for humanity to survive science, ethics and Buddhism’s mind-centric approach to understanding nature and society could help.

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To Deploy the Soft Power of Buddhism, India Needs to Embrace the Sangha

By P. Stobdan, The Wire, Nov 29, 2016

One-off events and ‘competing’ with Chinese Buddhism isn’t the answer. India needs to embrace the spiritual traditions and depth of Buddhism.
New Delhi, India
-- Soon after coming to power, Prime Minister Narendra Modi prudently decided to emphasise India’s rich tradition of Buddhism in a soft-power approach to Asian geopolitics.

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Nalanda U's second chance for a "true" revival

by Kooi F Lim, The Buddhist Channel, Dec 8, 2016

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- In Nalanda University's website, it introduces the institution as thus: The University is inspired by and aspires to match the ancient Nalanda which was an undisputed seat of learning for 800 years till the twelfth century, CE.

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