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A Q&A with a Stockton grad, Buddhist monk

by MAXWELL REIL, Press of Atlantic City, Nov 14, 2017

Atlantic City, New Jersey (USA) -- Bhante J was an Ocean County resident for all of his life before he decided to attend Stockton University to study anthropology.


Sulak Sivaraksa, 85, faces 15 YEARS in prison for questioning whether a king's duel fought on elephant-back 400 years ago actually happened

The Daily Mail, Oct 10, 2017

Sulak Sivaraksa was officially charged with insulting the monarchy earlier today
Bangkok, Thailand
-- An 85-year-old man faces 15 years in jail after asking Thais to think critically about whether one of the country's king won a duel on elephant-back in 1593.


A Science Writer Embraces Buddhism as a Path to Enlightenment

By GREGORY COWLES, The New York Times, Aus. 18, 2017

OM’S LAW: To the extent that Buddhism encourages its practitioners to cast aside the self on their way to enlightenment, it can seem like a fool’s errand. The self isn’t so easy to shed, as Buckaroo Bonzai noted: “No matter where you go, there you are.”


Sogyal Rinpoche steps down as head of Rigpa after allegations

Tibet Sun Newsroom, 15 August 2017

McLEOD GANJ, India -- Following allegations that abuses were committed on his students, Sogyal Rinpoche, Buddhist teacher and author, has decided to step down with immediate effect as the head of Rigpa, a network of Buddhist learning centres around the world.


A Buddhist Leader on China’s Spiritual Needs

By IAN JOHNSON and ADAM WU JUNE, The New York Times, June 24, 2017

YIXING, China -- During a visit last fall to the Temple of Great Awakening, the sprawling complex built by the Buddhist organization Fo Guang Shan in Yixing, we were greeted by an unexpected host: the Venerable Master Hsing Yun, the group’s founder and one of modern China’s most prominent religious figures.


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