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Freedom From Religion: Buddhism Wins Best Religion in the World Award

posted by Jerry Kolber


In light of the ongoing Freedom From Religion Foundationcase, I found this news item interesting.

Linda Moulin | 15.07.2009 | 16:55

Tribune de Geneve

 

In advance of their annual Leading Figure award to areligious figure who has done the most to advance the cause of humanism andpeace, the Geneva-based International Coalition for the Advancement ofReligious and Spirituality (ICARUS) has chosen to bestow a special award thisyear on the Buddhist Community.  “Wetypically prefer an under-the-radar approach for the organization, as we try toembody the spirit of modesty found in the greatest traditions,” said ICARUSdirector Hans Groehlichen in a phone conference Monday. “But with organizedreligion increasingly used as a tool to separate and inflame rather than bringtogether, we felt we had to take the unusual step of creating a “Best Religionin the World” award and making a bit of a stir, to inspire other religiousleaders to see what is possible when you practice compassion.”


Groehlichen said the award was voted on by an internationalroundtable of more than 200 religious leaders from every part of the spiritualspectrum.  “It was interesting to notethat once we supplied the criteria, many religious leaders voted for Buddhismrather than their own religion,” said Groehlichen.  “Buddhists actually make up a tiny minorityof our membership, so it was fascinating but quite exciting that they won.”

 

Criteria included factors such as promoting personal andcommunity peace, increasing compassion and a sense of connection, andencouraging preservation of the natural environment. Groehlichen continued “Thebiggest factor for us is that ICARUS was founded by spiritual and religiouspeople to bring the concepts of non-violence to prominence in society.  One of the key questions in our votingprocess was which religion actually practices non-violence.” 

 

When presenting the information to the voting members,ICARUS researched each of the 38 religions on the ballot extensively, offeringbackground, philosophy, and the religions role in government and warfare. JonnaHult, Director of Research for ICARUS said “It wasn’t a surprise to me thatBuddhism won Best Religion in the World, because we could find literally notone single instance of a war fought in the name of Buddhism, in contrast toevery other religion that seems to keep a gun in the closet just in case Godmakes a mistake.  We were hard pressed toeven find a Buddhist that had ever been in an army. These people practice whatthey preach to an extent we simply could not document with any other spiritualtradition.”

 

At least one Catholic priest spoke out on behalf ofBuddhism.  Father Ted O’Shaughnessy saidfrom Belfast, “As much as I love the Catholic Church, it has always bothered meto no end that we preach love in our scripture yet then claim to know God’swill when it comes to killing other humans. For that reason, I did have to castmy vote for the Buddhists.”   And MuslimCleric Tal Bin Wassad agreed from Pakistan via his translator. “WhileI am a devout Muslim, I can see how much anger and bloodshed is channeled intoreligious expression rather than dealt with on a personal level. The Buddhistshave that figured out.” Bin Wassad, the ICARUS voting member for Pakistan‘sMuslim community continued, “In fact, some of my best friends are Buddhist.”  And Rabbi Shmuel Wasserstein said from Jerusalem, “Of course, Ilove Judaism, and I think it’s the greatest religion in the world. But to behonest, I’ve been practicing Vipassana meditation every day before minyan(daily Jewish prayer) since 1993.  So Iget it.”

 

Groehlichen said that the plan was for the award to Buddhismfor “Best Religion in the World” to be given to leaders from the variouslineages in the Buddhist community. However, there was one snag. “Basically wecan’t find anyone to give it to,” said Groehlichen in a followup call lateTuesday. “All the Buddhists we call keep saying they don’t want theaward.”  Groehlichen explained thestrange behavior, saying “Basically they are all saying they are aphilosophical tradition, not a religion. But that doesn’t change the fact thatwith this award we acknowledge their philosophy of personal responsibility andpersonal transformation to be the best in the world and the most important forthe challenges facing every individual and all living beings in the comingcenturies.”

 

When asked why the Burmese Buddhist community refused theaward, Buddhist monk Bhante Ghurata Hanta said from Burma, “We are grateful for theacknowledgement, but we give this award to all humanity, for Buddha nature lieswithin each of us.”   Groehlichen went onto say “We’re going to keep calling around until we find a Buddhist who willaccept it. We’ll let you know when we do.”

 



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Ethan

posted July 15, 2009 at 2:04 pm


Is this snark?
Maybe they wouldn’t accept it because Buddhism ain’t a religion. :~)



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Empathetics

posted July 15, 2009 at 2:40 pm


Jer, where the heck did you find that? My sense is that it’s a joke, as I can’t find any reference to the organization anywhere on the web. It is pretty funny though. “We’re going to keep calling around until we find a Buddhist who will accept it. We’ll let you know when we do.” lolz. I’ll take it!



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~C4Chaos

posted July 15, 2009 at 3:57 pm


the more i look into this “Best Religion in the World” award, the more i think this is an Onion article.
~C



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Jerry

posted July 15, 2009 at 4:47 pm


I don’t think it’s an Onion article. The organization says it keeps a low profile so not EVERYTHING is on the web. I’ll keep checking around. But either way,buddhism IS the best religion in the world except it’s not a religion.
Empathetics – If I somehow get in touch with Hans Groelinchen to confirm this is true, where should I have him send the award? I wonder if it’s a statue or certificate or what.



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Clasqm

posted July 15, 2009 at 4:55 pm


Who is the current head of Aum Shinrikyo? I’m sure they would take it – they need some good publicity …
Also, the idea that Buddhism has never been involved in war is an urban myth. Read Trevor Ling’s “Buddhism, Imperialism and War” or Brian Victoria’s “Zen at War” and you’ll soon realise that it just ain’t so.



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Stephen Schettini

posted July 15, 2009 at 6:35 pm


Buddhism isn’t a religion? That may be how we’d like to see it, but first you should visit some Buddhist communities in Asia. Forget about the Buddha’s fine teachings; the institutions of Buddhism are religious. See my memoir The Novice, about my eight years as a monk with the Tibetans, at: http://www.schettini.com/
Still, while there are some buddhist nuts, there aren’t that many.



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gza

posted July 16, 2009 at 12:56 pm


this has hoax written all over it.



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buddha nature

posted July 16, 2009 at 7:41 pm


Theravada Buddhists don’t do ‘buddha nature.’ Of course this piece is a joke, anyway.



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Pretty

posted July 17, 2009 at 10:43 am


What difference does it make, this is kind of funny seeing people on here a bit peeved over something this small, for one thing anyone can give religion the “Best religion in the world” award, just go down to a store by an award and give your own religion one will that make the babies feel better? Wow….



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Ethan

posted July 17, 2009 at 11:49 am


A buddha-nature, I completely and totally disagree that theravadan buddhists don’t do buddha-nature. The most important piece of the pali canon is the buddha recalling a moment as a child where he felt spontaneously and naturally present without any effort at all. This is what separated his developing practice from what he had studied previously in meditation. All buddhists do Buddha-nature in one form or another.



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Jerry Kolber

posted July 17, 2009 at 6:22 pm


~C – is the c4chaos from the old zaadz days?



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Graeme Lyall AM

posted July 19, 2009 at 1:21 am


This story appears on many sites on the internet, including a blog on Thailand’s ‘TheNation’ newspaper, however, search of Google fails to find the International Coalition for the Advancement of
Religious and Spirituality (ICARUS) It reveals nothing but references to this article. They could have contacted the World Fellowship of Buddhists or the International Day of Vesak committee if they were genuine.



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Ashin Sandimar

posted July 19, 2009 at 8:41 pm


Did you visited Myanmar (Burma) and learned Burmese and the Theravada Buddhism?
Did you read what Robert Einstein talked about religion?
Before you make any comment, answer these questions first.
Otherwise, you might have wrong information and should not make any comment.



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Umakant

posted July 20, 2009 at 3:45 pm


How much authentic is this news? Could you provide weblink to this news article by Linda Moulin in Tribune de Geneve? or could you send the scanned copy of this news story? There are many Buddhist in India and other countries of the world who would like to know the authencity of this news story.



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Ethan Nichtern

posted July 20, 2009 at 3:49 pm


All,
I think it is very clear that this piece is an Onion style joke. Not sure what the origin was, but I found it pretty funny.
It is so like our culture of competition to have a “Best Religion in the World” competition and then name a nonreligion the winner!
Love it.



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Your Name

posted July 21, 2009 at 6:12 pm


First of all, I thank FFRF, a non religious organization for choosing Buddhism as the world’s best ‘religion’.
If an organization or a person wishes to give an award to Buddhism, one must learn and follow the teachings of the Lord Buddha. One should pay deepest respect to the lord Buddha, the founder of Buddhism and the teacher of the Dhamma.
However, Religion is Theocentric (God center) teaching. Dhamma is homocentric (human center) teaching. If someone follows the Dhamma, pratice the Dhamma, he is automatically free from religion.
The best following of the Buddha’s teaching is the best reward to Buddhism as the best religion.
Dr. Ashin Nyanissara
Chancellor Sitagu International Buddhist Academy
Sagaing, Myanmar



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ks

posted July 22, 2009 at 10:29 am


“It is so like our culture of competition to have a “Best Religion in the World” competition and then name a nonreligion the winner!”
in what way is Buddhism a “nonreligion”?



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gary gach

posted July 23, 2009 at 1:09 am


the article is indeed an urban legend, onion-style — but the onion seems to have peeled away to its final layer … and in the center of it we find … nothing



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The Unmanned Vessel

posted July 23, 2009 at 8:12 am


My belief is that all religions are based on peace and harmony.
War and hatred are brewed by humans to satisfy personal gains…
God is basically being used as a means to justify the end…



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jairosoft

posted July 23, 2009 at 10:00 pm


As founder of “Buddhism for Happiness” meetup group, I would like to accept this award in honor of all Buddhists and to praise and pay homage to the founder of Buddhism, Shakyamuni Buddha Gotama Siddhartha, and I would like to offer the trophy to the Field of Acummulated Merit, which consists of all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas in the ten directions, and I would like to accept this award for all times, so therefore I would like to imagine that all sentient beings have attained complete Buddhahood, and therefore I visualize that all my dogs and cats are already Buddhas and have human bodies instead of dog or cat bodies. And therefore I would like to think that by the time everybody has become a Buddha, that they have dispensed of all their previous religions, and having done so there would only be one religion, and that would be the Buddhist religion, which is really a nonreligion, but then that would be the only way that such an award could go to any religion, because if ICARUS had given it to the Christian religion, then the Jews and the Moslems would have been pissed off, and if you had given it to any one of the other two, then the other two would have been pissed off. You get the picture. The Religions would have gone to war against the one that had won the award. So that is why the religious leaders voted for Buddhism, because it was the most nonreligious of the World Religions. And since I see that nobody is accepting this award, I decided to accept it myself. I have taken the Refuge ceremony, so that makes me a Buddhist, even though I am a lousy and lazy practitioner. I got issues with not lying, not stealing, not killing, etc.



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Ailine

posted July 24, 2009 at 6:41 am


Gee – why not broaden the appeal and call it “Best World Superstition” award? That would give a chance for the Greek, Roman, Celtic and Hindu pantheons of crazy invented gods to square up to Jesus, the Trinity, Jahwe, Allah and the woodland spirit gods of Africa and native America. And who says Satanists, Wiccans, Tarot readers, Druids and the Giant Spaghetti Monster should be left out. They’re “religions” aren’t they?
I despair of humanity ever growing up. Here we are in the 21st cedntury and we still have “priests” rambling aroung mumbling incantations and mumbo jumbo for the gullible masses. When the first colony leaves earth for other worlds, it will have to strictly expunge all superstitious beliefs amonmg the settlers if we are ever to make a giant leap forward in civilisation.



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Alain

posted July 24, 2009 at 5:36 pm


Superbly said Ailene!
Your comment has been blogged on Stumbleupon:
http://thamus.stumbleupon.com/review/34672651/
Excellent.



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buddhanature

posted July 26, 2009 at 9:20 am


A Theravada Buddhist, like ‘he’ quoted in the piece, would be totally unlikely, to say the least, to use the term buddha nature. that’s not in any way to imply Theravada Buddhists don’t have the nature of Buddha, etc. Of course they and their practice embody profound dharma. It’s just to point out another way this is a hoax.



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rick

posted July 26, 2009 at 10:19 pm


Why is it that there doesn’t seem to be any mention of this at the Freedom From Religion Foundation website? Personally, I think that Buddhism has a lot to offer, but Buddhists may be about as gullible as people in general.



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Krishantha

posted July 27, 2009 at 6:32 am


Please use this website to get knowledge about Buddhism. Then you desire…
Thanks



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Ron

posted July 29, 2009 at 11:53 am


Ailene raises some deep questions about Buddhism, and some very emotional issues with religions everywhere. I recommend everyone read the blog.
Still, the problems Ailene points out are exactly why the Buddhists aren’t accepting the award. Religion encourages superstition while philosophy provides a framework for investigation. Most Buddhists do not consider themselves “religious” but rather philosophical, for this very reason.
And as far as gods and angels go – I’d be hard pressed to find a monk or serious buddhist practitioner who believes they are anything but artifacts of a superstitious culture trying to grow up and wake up (but there will always be nut-cases out there). And as far as the instances of violence in countries where there are predominately Buddhists. Well, the old saying is true – you can lead a horse to water…
Don’t take my word for it though. Read the original scriptures, in particular the Kalama sutta (it is easy to find on the web – there is a link to the wiki above) where the Buddha tells people not to believe in the trappings of superstition or religion, and not even to believe what he says, but to only believe in what they themselves experience personally. In other words, he recommends a philosophical/scientific approach to experience, not a religious one. Investigate, experiment, and as the Buddha says “come see for yourself.”



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Kishan

posted July 30, 2009 at 1:20 am


Hi I am a Buddhist and I too do not accept this award. This kind of awards will create unpleasant environment among religions. I dont think any religion will anticipate awards. Beside all Buddhism is neither a Product nor a Service to be awarded.Pls practice meditation and see results for yourself. This does not need to change your own religion. We do not use once weakness such as Weak in Financially, Weak in Healthy, Weak in Emotionally and Hunger to market Buddhism to increase the number of Buddhists in the world such as few other religions do.This will not bring us to attend “Nibbana”.Pls practice meditation and experience. Respect to all the religions, mankind and the environment including animals birds, fish, trees etc.You will receive the same from them.



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Sunil Jay

posted July 31, 2009 at 4:42 pm


Buddhism is philosophy, and it is centered on finding the “Truth” by oneself. It seems silly to argue about this and whether the IARUS should or should not have awarded this to the Buddhism. The fact is they did. Buddhist practices spread beyond ‘oneself’ to all others, animals, as well as the protection of environment they live; hence the peace and harmony in inherent in their practices. Consequently, the peacefulness and the compassionate nature are prevalent among the practicing Buddhists.
With reference to the ICARUS, there is no need to give a formal presentation to any Buddhist; but the simple fact of recognition by the selection committee is enough for others to open their eyes and ears. We need to pay attention to such peace-generating practices. The recognition and the award should be for all practising Buddhists, and for those who are interested in this Philosophy.
Prof. Sunil Wimalawansa



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Dilip Fernando

posted August 1, 2009 at 5:18 am


We are already gifted of this profound philosophy- Buddhism. Every religion should learn from it. Buddhists should not think of numbers.
Jayawewa!



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Dhiraporn Chaiwatcharaporn

posted August 3, 2009 at 6:32 am


The suitable recipient of this award is Prof Dr Most Ven Phra Dhammakosajarn, Rector of Mahachulalongkornrajvidyalaya Buddhist University. website: http://buddhism.mcu.ac.th



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Adin Eichler

posted August 3, 2009 at 3:00 pm


I lived as a Buddhist monk both in the Theravadin and Mahayana traditions both in the West as well as Asia.
There is the same range of sexism, homophobia, racism and ethnocentrism in Buddhism as in many of the other world religions.
It’s not that extraordinary. That’s why it’s numbers have shrunk in its homeland and in other areas of the world where it once predominated.



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chaandana

posted August 6, 2009 at 8:20 pm


A new type of award.
Now who is going to accept this ?
However, these things are not for buddhists or buddhism.
If you understand a little of buddhism, you wont give such an award.
Why, its simply against its principles. Buddhism simply showed you the path to your own salvation – thats all. So, there cannot be any space for ‘the best’, ‘its me’, ‘I’m the one’ type of concepts.
Buddhism preches about getting ourselvs free of such ideals or feelings – thats the path to liberation, not to embrace them.



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Jim Hilgendorf

posted August 6, 2009 at 9:15 pm


Why doesn’t Mr. Groehlichen try bestowing the award upon a Buddhist who really deserves it. Daisaku Ikeda, the President of the Soka Gakkai International, for over fifty years has been building networks of peace and culture and interfaith understanding all over the world. He is currently the recipient of over 250 honorary degrees from universities all across the globe. Leaders around the world are recognizing his extraordinary accomplishments and contributions. I think this award is nothing he would personally go out of his way to seek, but it is about time that his extraordinary accomplishments were widely recognized. He is one of the most extraordinary leaders to ever inhabit this planet. For more information on Mr. Ikeda, you can go to http://www.daisakuikeda.org



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Affa

posted August 7, 2009 at 4:38 am


fastest growing religion in the world is Islam..!!
As per Buddhist scripture.. its mentioned in the Gospel of Buddha about the coming of Prophet Muhammed (pbuh), which the Quran will be the last and final revelation to Mankind the guidence given to last and final Prophet Muhammed (pbuh).
Similar message is also mentioned in the Bible old testimont as well as the new testimont and king james version where Jesus Chris (PBUH) said i have many things to say unto you that you cant bear them now when the spirit of truth shall come he will guide you.etc..
Similar message also mentioned in Zoras persian scriptures
Also mentioned in Hindu scriptures in Vedas ..about Prophet Muhammed(PBUH) and about his companion and oneness of GOD almighty.
All the major religion scriptures talks about ISLAM ..Quran said in every age and to every nation we have sent a warner and the last and final Messanger Prophet Muhammed and Quran was sent to the whole of humanity.
It is time to think about the true GOD and his creations.
go back to your scriptures and realize GOD is one and the last and final Messanger is Prophet Muhammed pbuh. before giving a way an Award
for a religion before knowing what the scriptures has to say about it.
“It is mentioned in the Readers Digest magazine as per a survey done regarding the growth of religions during the period of year 1934 – 1984, which stated”
Islam - 235% growth
Christianity - 47% growth
Assalamu aleikum..



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Russ

posted August 7, 2009 at 6:41 pm


This story is an obvious fabrication. All of this discussion only serves to make beliefnet and its participants look foolish. The “Geneva-based” organization issuing this award does not exist. The writer of the article, Linda Moulin of the Tribune de Geneve, does not exist. And most importantly, how would it be possible to pit ENTIRE RELIGIONS against one another in a competition?
I’m a Buddhist myself and I believe this article is only making us all look unskeptical and soft-headed. We must not lie or participate in lying or we contaminate ourselves and others!



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paul

posted August 7, 2009 at 10:42 pm


The Buddhist tradition I like to follow the most is Zen:
The Zen master Hakuin was praised by his neighbours as one living a pure life.
A beautiful Japanese girl whose parents owned a food store lived near him. Suddenly, without any warning, her parents discovered she was with child.
This made her parents angry. She would not confess who the man was, but after much harassment at last named Hakuin.
In great anger the parent went to the master. “Is that so?” was all he would say.
After the child was born it was brought to Hakuin. By this time he had lost his reputation, which did not trouble him, but he took very good care of the child. He obtained milk from his neighbours and everything else he needed.
A year later the girl-mother could stand it no longer. She told her parents the truth – the real father of the child was a young man who worked in the fishmarket.
The mother and father of the girl at once went to Hakuin to ask forgiveness, to apologize at length, and to get the child back.
Hakuin was willing. In yielding the child, all he said was: “Is that so?”



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Kenneth

posted August 8, 2009 at 5:22 pm


The trouble with the Internet Age is, no one bothers fact-checking. Everyone hastens to post (or re-post) stories that sound fascinating.
A few observations that convince me this is hoax:
The acronym for the organization that gave out the award is ICARUS, a name from Greek mythology (the character who flew too close to the sun), which seems a pretty silly symbol for a religious coalition. By the way, no one can find ICARUS’ official Web site.
The name of the Burmese Buddhist monk cited in the story is “Bhante Ghurata Hanta,” which is neither Burmese nor Sanskrit. (I should know, because I grew up in Burma.)
Tribune de Geneve, the paper that supposedly first published the news, is a French language paper — not English. Doing searches on “Buddhist” or “ICARUS” at the paper’s site produced no story — neither in French nor English — matching the one we received.
I have enormous admiration for the Buddhist tradition, but the story above may be someone’s attempt to have a few laughs — unfortunately at our expense and at Buddhism’s expense.



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ReligionIsBonkers

posted August 16, 2009 at 10:04 am


@ Russ: http://www.tdg.ch/ Real, Maybe the issue here isnt that Buddhist are soft headed or skeptical maybe the truth is you dont understand the “Religion” you “Follow” Buddhism isnt a religion in the traditional aspect but a way of life http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhism Heres a link to wikipedia’s page on buddhism read up and learn before you spew bullshit.
@Affa: You should read the caption of the article. Its The “BEST RELIGION IN THE WORLD” NOT “THE BEST RELIGION TO SPREAD ITS MESSAGE AT THE TIP OF A SWORD AND THE WORDS OF A DERANGED SUICIDE BOMBER” as to suicide bombers “Do not kill yourselves, for Allah is compassionate towards you. Whoever does so, in transgression and wrongfully, We shall roast in a fire, and that is an easy matter for Allah.” (an-Nisaa 4:29-30)



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kevin

posted August 16, 2009 at 11:43 am


no surprices there.
islam is not a religion. quran is the satan’s book.
well done buddhists.



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Mahdi

posted August 21, 2009 at 1:35 pm


“And most importantly, how would it be possible to pit ENTIRE RELIGIONS against one another in a competition?”
Apparently Russ has never heard of the Crusades or Jihad. . .



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Nora

posted August 27, 2009 at 2:43 am


Dya know why islam 235% growth???? because the one who choose islam as their religion is not a human. They like to kill each other, they hunger of violence. moslem love to involved in war, bombs and weapons.When there is islam then there is a war. islam just screw people’s life



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BUSH

posted August 27, 2009 at 2:47 am


I agree with u nora…..moslem r very hypocrit.



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Cosmin L. Neagu

posted August 31, 2009 at 4:21 am


Maybe now all the world religions could unite and fight buddhism together.



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I don't understand why...

posted September 2, 2009 at 7:57 pm


What is the point of these comments that seek to put down other religions so viciously. Did anyone actually appreciate the reason this award was given and publicized. Pointing out the negative in other’s ideology is the exact reason that there is so much strife between people of different backgrounds and beliefs. Instead embrace the positive aspects while disagreeing respectfully with the objectionable things.



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ASHWIN

posted September 3, 2009 at 1:40 pm


Hey “Cosmin L. Neagu” its not like that. Everyone will accepts Buddhism as a greatest power in the world. In my view the worlds other religions may not have any problem with Buddhism.



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sidharth kain

posted September 3, 2009 at 2:46 pm


It is really a matter of proud for every citizen of the world. Buddhism does not belong to any community and country it belongs to all. All human being, who are working with their positive mind for the welfare of mankind are Buddhist. After all Buddhism is welfare for every one and its a art of positive living in this world. Dr. B.R. Ambedkar has given Buddhism to Dalits, former untouchable because they were not equally treated in the Hindu Religion. I am proud to be Ambedkarite and Buddhist.
Best wishes to all positive mind users.



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Parag

posted September 4, 2009 at 2:47 am


I agree with ” sidharth kain ”
I wish all can think positively



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Buddhism Facts

posted September 10, 2009 at 1:42 am


Buddhism spiritual practice added value to our life



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Romil Chandragade

posted September 29, 2009 at 11:58 am


It is really a matter of proud for every citizen of the world. Buddhism does not belong to any community and country it belongs to all. All human being, who are working with their positive mind for the welfare of mankind are Buddhist. After all Buddhism is welfare for every one and its a art of positive living in this world. Dr. B.R. Ambedkar has given Buddhism to Dalits, former untouchable because they were not equally treated in the Hindu Religion. I am proud to be Ambedkarite and Buddhist.
Best wishes to all positive mind users.



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dnyandeep

posted October 4, 2009 at 9:59 am


Buddhism and Buddhist Places was attacked by invaders and some peoples!
But Still the the teachings of Buddhism makes it still best religion in world.



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Daniel Tam

posted October 22, 2009 at 1:28 am


Buddhism can make you become a better Hindu, a better Christian, a better Muslim and a better Catholic or a better Judaish. But it never try to convert anyone to be a Buddhist.



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Daniel Tam

posted October 30, 2009 at 9:07 pm


Our Buddhist group is called International Bodhisattva Sangha a 501 C (3) institution. We had been servicing the inmates in the prison since 1995 on a volunteering base. Our main focus is to bring the Buddhist philosophy to the human being who needs it regardless who they are and where they are. We found out that Buddhism is widely accepted in the California State Prison. We are visiting four prisons in the southern California and hopefully can extend to more state prisons.( California has the most inmates population in the nation – 33 state prison in California.) We have no problem to accept the award of what they are going to give out simply because it depends how do you define religion.
As long as religion can benefit the mankind we would like to accept the award to facilitate our work in the prison.
Please look into our web site ibs.tw (headquarter) in Taiwan.



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ranninsoe@yahoo.co.uk

posted November 28, 2009 at 5:42 pm


I am really happy for that news. Also I am proud as a Buddhism. I have many friends from other religious believer they always saying Buddhist religious is very classical Religious for human. Now many people approved Buddhist religious is one of the Best Religious on the world today.
Thank for all, and Buddha,
Ran Nin Soe
The Netherlands



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Your Name

posted November 30, 2009 at 9:58 am


Buddhist religious is never support kill someone and protects Buddhism. Also, Buddhism is never being force to someone to believe Buddhist religious. Buddhism believe responsible for his or her own action and accountabilities. Buddhism does not allow kill anyone for the religious. I like Buddhism not because of my parent want me to be but I practice and learn from Buddhist religious and very useful for my daily live and I can see myself clearly who am I and who I wanted to be. Everyone should try Buddhism. Just suggestion!



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dj

posted December 1, 2009 at 10:42 am


Balloon boy hoax is far more interesting than this one ! Nice try buddhists !



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Ropan Barua

posted December 1, 2009 at 11:50 pm


NAMO BUDDHAYA
I am very greatful to know that buddhism now is The Best Religion in the World.My suggest to everyone should try to buddhism.
Best of luck.
ropanbarua2009@yahoo.com



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NRD

posted December 3, 2009 at 8:13 am


may all being well and happy!



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sargalay

posted December 3, 2009 at 9:43 pm


Some people says, this is not true and wrong information!!!
There is no such an organization existed, ICARUS..



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sargalay

posted December 3, 2009 at 10:08 pm


This is not true!!!! Becarefull all buddhist, there is no such an organization really exited in the world. I m a buddhist as well, but think it twice, if the fact is true then buddhism will be common enamy of others religions.
Thanks for being not true news!!!!



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sargalay

posted December 3, 2009 at 10:09 pm


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there is no such religion as “buddhism”. there are several very different religions all reading their own texts under the same parole. one would at least have to categorize them under 3 different paroles in order to be correct since the only thing connecting them is that they all use the same figure of “the buddha”.
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