• 200 Buddhist monks, nuns killed in Nepal earthquake

    200 Buddhist monks, nuns killed in Nepal earthquake

    KATHMANDU, Nepal -- Around 200 Buddhist monks and nuns were killed when about 1,000 monasteries collapsed in the massive April 25 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks in Nepal, according to authorities.
  • Buddhist Society of Victoria Opens Newbury Monastery

    Buddhist Society of Victoria Opens Newbury Monastery

    The month of May is a busy one at the Buddhist Society of Victoria (BSV), with a special Vesak program and the official opening of the new Newbury Buddhist Monastery (NBM) coinciding with a visit to Melbourne by the society’s spiritual adviser, Venerable Ajahn Brahm.
  • Call for Young Buddhist Climate Leaders to Participate in Emerging Leaders Multi-faith Climate Convergence in Rome

    Call for Young Buddhist Climate Leaders to Participate in Emerging Leaders Multi-faith Climate Convergence in Rome

    Our Voices and Green Faith are inviting young Buddhists across the world to participate in the upcoming “Emerging Leaders Multi-faith Climate Convergence” in Rome from 27 June to 1 July. This will be a unique opportunity to train emerging Buddhist leaders in a faith-based approach to facilitating positive environmental change. 
  • Vesak in Vancouver

    Vesak in Vancouver

    The month of Vesak, which commemorates the historical Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and passing, has been celebrated recently in many places around the world. This year Vancouver is enjoying two such celebrations, one on 16 May and another on 30 May.  
  • The modern Buddhist minister

    The modern Buddhist minister

    Panel looks at challenges of training Buddhist ministers to meet the needs of today Cambridge, MA (USA) -- Harvard University was founded in 1636 to establish “a learned ministry.” Nearly four centuries later, Harvard Divinity School (HDS) works to produce a learned ministry for modern times.
  • Civic Awakening—Landmark Meeting Between Buddhist leaders and White House Officials

    Civic Awakening—Landmark Meeting Between Buddhist leaders and White House Officials

    One hundred thirty American Buddhist representatives from laypeople, monastics, and academics to writers, met with White House officials on 14 May in a landmark gathering aimed at raising the profile of Buddhist involvement in civic life and to discuss issues concerning Buddhists with the government. The event was titled the first “White House–US Buddhist Leadership Conference,” and the theme for this maiden symposium was “Voices in the Square—Action in the World.”
  • Festival of Light at The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion

    Festival of Light at The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion

    On Saturday 30 May, The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, located near Bendigo to the northwest of Melbourne, will hold their third annual “Festival of Light.” 
  • Eighteen International Scholars Awarded 2014/15 Grants under The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies

    Eighteen International Scholars Awarded 2014/15 Grants under The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies

    The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation announced on 12 May that 18 scholars who are seeking to shed fresh light on a range of Buddhism-related subjects have been selected for grants under The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies.
  • Neutralize Religious Extremism with Interfaith Dialogue, says Dalai Lama

    Neutralize Religious Extremism with Interfaith Dialogue, says Dalai Lama

    The Dalai Lama has argued that interfaith dialogue is necessary to neutralize extreme or intolerant expressions of faith. The remarks were made in an interview with a round table of journalists during a visit to Japan on 8 April.
  • 12th Gyalwang Drukpa Visits Baltimore and White House

    12th Gyalwang Drukpa Visits Baltimore and White House

    The 12th Gyalwang Drukpa paid a visit to Baltimore on 9 May in a gesture of empathy and solidarity with the local community following the death of Freddie Gray. The Buddhist leader’s visit followed last week’s protests and civil unrest and the ongoing inquiry into how Gray died and the responsible party. The Gyalwang Drukpa had been in Washington to raise awareness for victims of the catastrophic earthquake in Nepal last month, and his visit to Baltimore seems to have been relatively unscripted.
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Hue Buddhists hold annual ceremony
Feb 08 -- THUA THIEN - HUE (VNS)  — Thousands of people gathered yesterday at Huong Van Zen Monastery in central Thua Thien - Hue Province to pray to King-Monk Tran Nhan Tong (1258-1308) for peace and prosperity.
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Secret Tibetan Book of the Dead | History Channel Documentary
Bardo Thodol: The Liberation Through Hearing During the Intermediate State, it is often referred to in the West by the more casual title, Tibetan Book of the Dead, a name which draws a parallel with the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead, another funerary text. The Tibetan text describes, and is intended to guide one through, the experiences that the consciousness has after death, during the interval between death and the next rebirth. This interval is known in Tibetan as the bardo. The text also includes chapters on the signs of death, and rituals to undertake when death is closing in, or has taken place. It is the most internationally famous and widespread work of Tibetan Nyingma literature. According to Tibetan tradition, the Liberation Through Hearing During the Intermediate State was composed in the 8th century by Padmasambhava, written down by his primary student, Yeshe Tsogyal, buried in the Gampo hills in central Tibet and subsequently discovered by a Tibetan terton, Karma Lingpa, in the 14th century.[7][8] There were variants of the book among different sects.[9] The Tibetan Book of the Dead was first published in 1927 by Oxford University Press. Dr. Walter Y. Evans-Wentz chose this title because of the parallels he found with the Egyptian Book of the Dead.[10] The Liberation Through Hearing During the Intermediate State is recited by Tibetan Buddhist lamas over a dying or recently deceased person, or sometimes over an effigy of the deceased. The name means literally "liberation through hearing in the intermediate state".
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