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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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A Trump Presidency Need Not Be the End Times

by Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, The Buddhist Channel, November 11, 2016

San Francisco, CA (USA) -- It was with feelings of shock and dismay that early this morning I woke up to learn that Donald Trump had been elected president of the United States.

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Has Aung San Suu Kyi sold out the Dalai Lama?

By Sai Wansai, Mizzima, 17 September 2016

Beijing, China -- Has Aung San Suu Kyi sold out her fellow Nobel Peace Laureate the Dalai Lama? It’s a stunning question. But it needs to be asked in light of the China-Myanmar Joint Press Release or Statement of 20 August 2016 following Suu Kyi’s historical China visit.

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Buddhist-Muslim Violence in South and South-East Asia: The Local Becomes Regional, or a Clash of Civilizations?

by Bruno Marshall Shirley, International Policy Digest, 29 Jun 2016

United Nations, New York -- This month the UN released a report addressing “serious” human rights violations against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar at the hands of the Buddhist majority, and the two-year anniversary of Sri Lanka’s deadly Aluthgama and Dharga Town riots, allegedly incited by Buddhist monks and targeting Muslim homes, property, and lives.

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