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Saudis underwrite organization to bring world’s religions under one roof

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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is financing a new organization designed to bring all the world’s religions together. “The organization hopes to prevent conflict through interfaith dialogue,” writes Spencer Kimball for the German news site Deutsche Welle.  “The foreign ministers of […]

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300 Buddhist nuns learn self-defense from Kathmandu monastery’s kung-fu masters

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Three hundred nuns from the Druk Gawa Khilwa Buddhist nunnery near Kathmandu are learning kung fu from the masters of Nepal’s Drukpa monastery. In a break with centuries of tradition, others from as far away as the Himachal Pradesh area of India have traveled […]

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Rifle-toting soldiers tag along, protecting Thai monks collecting traditional daily alms

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With a Muslim insurgency threatening to destabilize Thailand’s south, armed soldiers have begun shadowing the area’s Buddhist monks as they make their daily rounds begging for alms. “With its barbed wire, sandbag bunker and armed guard, Wat Lak Muang in […]

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High court orders Pakistan to let Hindus worship in historic temple

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Pakistan’s Peshawar High Court on Thursday ordered the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to allow Hindus to worship in a temple closed after Pakistan’s independence 64 years ago. A two-member judicial panel comprised of Chief Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and Justice […]

NY Times: Scorned Buddhist convert besieges Tibetan master with 8,000 threatening “tweets”

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“Even the Buddha of compassion might have been distressed to be on the receiving end of the diatribes that William Lawrence Cassidy is accused of posting on Twitter,” directed at Tibetan Buddhist reincarnated master Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo, reports the New […]

Japanese Buddhists, Christians mark six-month anniversary of earthquake, tsunami

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While the United States was observing the 10-year anniversary of the September 11 attacks, Japan on Sunday was marking the six-month anniversary of the March earthquake and tsunami that devasted a large portion of the island nation. The Japanese observed […]

Ugandan college student returns home, baffles family with scuba gear, saffron robes

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In June 1990, Steven Kaboggoza,24, left his home in the African nation of Uganda to attend college in India. His family and kin expected him to return as “a rich businessman with a briefcase,” writes Marjorie Chiew, writing for the […]

Peace conference stirs up conflict between Muslim scholars

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The Dalai Lama will join controversial Muslim scholar Tariq Ramadan in Montreal on Wednesday for a conference on world religions and peace in the aftermath of 9/11. “But rather than promising inspiration in a world plagued by religious tumult, the […]

Malaysian Buddhist mystic offers local news reporters tour of hell

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A Buddhist medium, Master Kek Eng Seng of the Tze Bei Guan Yin Dhamma Center in Georgetown, Malaysia, says he can travel mystically through the realms of Earth, heaven and hell — and recently offered to take a group of 50 […]

China sentences Buddhist monk to 11 years in feiry suicide protest for Tibet

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A court in southwestern China on Monday convicted a Buddhist monk of murder and sentenced him to 11 years in prison following the death of a younger monk who set fire to himself to protest Chinese rule in Tibet. The […]

Hong Kong billionaire denies report 249-foot goddess statue will be his tomb

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A Buddhist group overseeing the construction of the world’s tallest bronze statue of the goddess Guanyin on the outskirts of Hong Kong is denying it will also serve as the final resting place for billionaire Li Ka-shing. East Asian Buddhists venerate […]

Reuters: Tsunami survivors observe “obon” at spared Buddist temple

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In a little room of a small hillside Buddhist temple that barely survived Japan’s tsunami five months ago, Yuko Kikuchi knelt down, quietly sobbing and gently caressing the boxes that hold the bones and ashes of her perished mother and […]

India eases visa restrictions for Mongolian Buddhists

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India has eased its immigration rules for visiting Buddhist scholars from Mongolia — in order to deepen cultural ties and boost bilateral relations between the two nations, according to Ashwini Shrivastava, reporting for the Buddhist Channel. “India has liberalized its visa regime […]

TIME: 2nd Buddhist monk sets himself aflame protesting Tibetan occupation

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The Tibetan National Martyrs’ Memorial is a black obelisk in Dharamsala, the Indian hill station that serves as the headquarters of exiled Tibetans who have fled their Chinese-ruled homeland. “Usually the slender monument is surrounded by a colorful tangle of […]

Massachusetts Tibetans liberate 534 lobsters in celebration of Buddha’s first sermon

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“Instead of plunging headfirst to their death in a pot of boiling water, 534 live lobsters escaped the dinner plate and belly flopped to freedom into the dark waters of the Atlantic Ocean,” reports the Buddhist Channel. The liberation of […]

NZ Herald: Were Christchurch officials pressured to snub Dalai Lama?

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The city council of Christchurch, New Zealand, has been accused of snubbing Tibet’s Dalai Lama during a recent visit. Tibetan community representative Thuten Kesang said he was disappointed the council “did not lift a finger to help” the Tibetan spiritual leader, according to the New […]

Nepal’s “singing nun” comes to shunned sister’s rescue

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A 40-year-old Buddhist nun whose melodies have transformed her into one of Nepal’s most popular singing stars, has caused a new stir for which she refuses to apologize. She has extended sanctuary to a nun half her age who became stigmatized […]

Nepal rejects $3 billion Chinese bid to turn Buddha’s birthplace into tourist mecca

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The government of Nepal has rejected a $3 billion offer from a Hong Kong foundation to turn Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha, into a tourist mecca. According to the Buddhist Channel website: Less than a fortnight after a Chinese […]

Buddhist monks teach maleness to ‘ladyboys’

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Chiang Khong, Thailand — The 15-year-old aspiring “ladyboy” delicately applied a puff of talcum powder to his nose – an act of rebellion at the Thai Buddhist temple where he is learning to “be a man”. “They have rules here that […]

Former Buddhist novice sets herself afire at monument for monk who did the same

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A former Buddhist novice has burned herself to death in an apparent act of devotion to a monk who also committed self-immolation last year to protest a Korean flood control project, according to Stephen Hong reporting for the internet Buddhist […]

Long-delayed show of Buddhist art from Pakistan to open

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A long-planned exhibition of nearly 70 pieces of Buddhist art from Pakistan will finally open at New York City’s Asia Society on Aug. 9, after political intrigue in Pakistan and a breakdown in American-Pakistani relations delayed it for six months, […]

Death of Buddhist leader leaves hole in Yakima’s Japanese community

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 The death of Yoshi Uchida, born in a Japanese-American relocation camp during World War II, leaves a gaping hole in the Yakima, Washington, Buddhist community, according to the Yakima Herald-Republic. “Sweeping berries from a walk at the Yakima Buddhist Church […]

Dalai Lama meets with Obama; but what is the Tibetan leader’s name, anyway?

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    You probably heard that the Dalai Lama is holding a 11-day event promoting peace in Washington, D.C., and that he dropped by the White House Saturday for a chat with the President of the United States. But, what […]

Washington Post: Can Christians be “a little bit Buddhist?”

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The Dalai Lama, who just celebrated his 76th birthday, is in Washington, D.C., for a ten-day event promoting peace. He has written: “I have come to the conclusion that whether or not a person is a religious believer does not matter much. […]

Dalai Lama celebrates 76th birthday with 11-day peace promotion

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 By JACK JENKINS Religion News Service WASHINGTON — The Dalai Lama celebrated his 76th birthday in Washington on Wednesday by speaking before throngs of well-wishers and kicking off an 11-day peace event in the U.S. capital. Sporting traditional Tibetan Buddhist robes […]

Do Buddhists care about the Fourth of July?

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Yes, Grasshopper, they do, says Beliefnet blogger Dr. Britton Gildersleeve, a poetry professor at Oklahoma State University who considers herself a non-orthodox Buddhist — sort of a Unitarian Buddhist. CLICK HERE to read more

Dalai Lama to host 11-day peace festival in D.C.

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By JACK JENKINS ~ c. 2011 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) The Dalai Lama will visit Washington next month for an 11-day peace rally that is being billed as “the largest gathering for world peace in history.” The July 6-16 […]

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