Japanese Archeologists Unearth Foundations of Ancient Second Capital in Osaka Prefecture
22/08/2017 17:48 (GMT+7)
Researchers in Japan’s Osaka Prefecture have unearthed new archealogical evidence of ancient structures that they believe point to the existance of a fabled “second” capital city dating to the 8th century. The find at the Higashi-Yuge archaeological site in the city of Yao, comes six months after the discovery of the foundations of an ancient Buddhist temple thought to be Yuge-ji, a temple built by a powerful Buddhist monk named Dōkyō (c. 700–72) in the 8th century. The latest discovery seems to point to the existence of a mysterious second capital known as Yuge-no-miya, supposedly built during the late Nara period (710–84) by the Empress Shōtoku  (r. 764–70).
Theravada Buddhism and Teresian Mysticism: A Reflection on Interreligious Dialogue
21/08/2017 08:45 (GMT+7)
The “1st World Encounter Teresian Mysticism and Interreligious Dialogue: Theravada Buddhism and Teresian Mysticism – Meditation and Contemplation Pathways to Peace” was held from 27–30 July at the International Centre of Teresian and Sanjuanist Studies (CITeS) of the University of Mysticism in Avila, Spain. The conference was organized with the Centre of Buddhist Studies (CBS) of The University of Hong Kong (HKU). Venerable Dr. Amrita Nanda and I participated in this conference to lead the Buddhist chanting ceremony conducted every morning after the Christian mass. It was, for me, a true experience in interfaith friendship and mutual respect.  

Researchers Measure Brain Activity of Monks During Monastic Debate
20/08/2017 16:51 (GMT+7)
A group of researchers from the Science for Monks project and Kent State University have been measuring the brain activity of Buddhist monks engaged in monastic debates. The research, which took place from 29 July–12 August at Sera Jey Monastic University in Bylakuppe, India, used electroencephalograph (EEG) technology to measure neural oscillation in the brain as the monks engaged in serious debates on topics ranging from emptiness to cosmology.
The Daily Practice of a Modern Chinese Buddhist Nun: Meeting Master Sheng-Yen and Taking the Bodhisattva Vows
18/08/2017 11:54 (GMT+7)
I was introduced to the Chan Meditation Center in New York in 1997, when I came to work as a volunteer for almost a month. I arrived in the late afternoon just before the evening service had ended. When the door opened, I saw Master Sheng Yen (later, I called him shifu) walk into the reception area. We met each other face to face and he seemed to know that I was coming. I put down my luggage and stood before him. Without knowing any Buddhist etiquette, I simply nodded my head with smile, no prostration or bow, nor even joined palms. He looked at me kindly and told me in an encouraging tone, “You need to develop a good affinity with more people.” He then invited me to join them for supper.

12th Century Medicine Buddha and Guardian Deity Unearthed at Angkor Archaeological Park
15/08/2017 11:28 (GMT+7)
A team of archaeologists excavating an 800-year-old site in Cambodia’s famed Angkor Archaeological Park have unearthed fragments of a rare Medicine Buddha carving and a two-meter-tall guardian statue that they believe date back to the 12th century. The Cambodia Daily newspaper described the unexpected discoveries as "like something that only happens in the movies.” 
Interfaith Dialogue for Peace, Harmony, and Security Held in Myanmar
12/08/2017 10:05 (GMT+7)
From 5–6 August, 135 religious leaders and diplomats from 32 countries gathered at Sitagu International Buddhist Academy (SIBA) in Yangon, Myanmar, for an interfaith dialogue to promote global peace, harmony, and security. Notable participants included government officials such as Thura U Aung Ko, Myanmar’s union minister for religious affairs and culture, Ramachandra Damodar Naik, governor of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, and Nobuo Kishi, Japanese state minster for foreign affairs.

Dalai Lama Turns Spotlight on Fallibility of Buddhist Teachers in Public Address
10/08/2017 15:47 (GMT+7)
A recent public address by His Holiness the Dalai Lama contained a firmly worded note of caution for Dharma students against ignoring the personal failings of lamas and Buddhist teachers. The Dalai Lama urged students not to be afraid to publicize misconduct or ethical lapses by their gurus, nor to indiscriminately accept teachings without subjecting them to critical analysis.
Building Bridges: Researching the Efficacy of Religious Buddhist Practice at the University of Hong Kong
09/08/2017 12:08 (GMT+7)
Recent years have seen a steady increase in scientific research into Buddhist beliefs and practices, in particular, research on mindfulness, which was pioneered more than 30 year ago, continues to attract mainstream attention. The large majority of this research, however, is conducted by Western researchers or Western Buddhists at universities in the West, and one starts to wonder whether the pursuit of finding scientific evidence for Buddhism’s religious claims is in fact a Western pursuit. It certainly ties in with the often-discussed observation of Tibetan masters who have taught in the West, that Western Buddhist are very good with knowledge, with trying to understand the teachings, but are somewhat lacking in the area of practice.

From Buddhist Monk to Merrill Lynch Chairman, the story of Michael Dobbs-Higginson
05/08/2017 11:10 (GMT+7)
Michael Dobbs-Higginson, ordained as a lay Buddhist monk in Japan at age 22 and erstwhile Merrill Lynch chairman, shares his unique life story in his new memoir A Raindrop in the Ocean: The Life of a Global Adventurer. The most fundamental period of his life was his stay at a Buddhist monastery on a mountain in Japan, where he battled hardship to find untapped reserves of resilience that would last him a lifetime.
Climate Change in the Himalayas Signals Drought for the “Highest Village in the World”
03/08/2017 18:42 (GMT+7)
Lying at an elevation of 4,587 meters, the Himalayan village of Komik in India’s mountainous far north is no doubt justified in laying claim to be the world’s highest village accessible by a motorable road. Yet, isolated as it is, even this remote settlement is not immune to the growing impact of climate change, which is having a profound effect on the village’s way of life and, on a larger scale, the fragile ecosystems of the Himalayas, sometimes known as the world’s “third pole.”

Buddhist Temples Made from Recycled Glass Bottles
02/08/2017 11:01 (GMT+7)
Two Buddhist temples, Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew in Thailand and Wat Charok Padang in Malaysia, are constructed completely out of glass bottles and due to their unique aesthetic characteristics, have become popular tourist destinations as well as unique examples of recycling waste. 
The Cambodian School that was Built from Garbage
01/08/2017 15:55 (GMT+7)
When it seems that the entire world is steadily being buried beneath a growing mountain of refuse, one resourceful man in Buddhist-majority Cambodia has taken matters into his own hands, building an entire school out of discarded waste materials. 

Buddhists and Carmelites Explore Interfaith Affinities at the University of Mysticism in Avila, Spain
30/07/2017 08:40 (GMT+7)
Yesterday, the first conference between Theravada Buddhists and the Discalced Carmelite Order started, at the University of Mysticism in the medieval city of Avila. Avila is the hometown of Saint Teresa of Jesus, one of the most influential Catholic mystics and monastic reformers in the history of the Latin Church. The conference, titled: “1st World Encounter Teresian Mysticism and Interreligious Dialogue: Theravada Buddhism and Teresian Mysticism – Meditation and Contemplation, Pathways to Peace” is co-organized by the International Centre of Teresian and Sanjuanist Studies (CITeS) and the Centre of Buddhist Studies of the University of Hong Kong, and will take place from 27-30 July.
X-ray Scan Reveals 1,000-year-old Mummified Remains of Indian Buddhist Monk in China
22/07/2017 12:13 (GMT+7)
The mummified remains of a Buddhist monk who died some 1,000 years ago have been discovered inside a golden seated image at a Buddhist temple in the northern Chinese province of of Hebei. Remarkably well preserved, the remains reportedly include many intact bones and even a complete brain. The find was made in early July after the gilded figure, which has been stored at Ding Hui Temple, underwent an X-ray scan, revealing the hidden remains within.

US Mormons Engage in Buddhist Mindfulness Practices
17/07/2017 16:24 (GMT+7)
A growing community of Mormons in Salt Lake City, in the US sate of Utah, known as the Lower Lights Sangha, is practicing Buddhist mindfulness to deepen their spiritual lives. Meditation teacher Thomas McConkie,  an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, guides the group through their mindfulness exercises.
New Data Shows Strengthening Roots of Buddhism in Australia
17/07/2017 13:05 (GMT+7)
Recently published data from Australia’s 2016 census offers a revealing insight into the country’s rapidly evolving religious landscape, with an encouraging outlook for Buddhist communities in the antipodean nation. While overall the data indicated a marked shift toward no religious affiliation among the population over the last 25 years, the number of people identifying as Buddhists continued to grow steadily as the third most common religion in the nation of more than 23 million.

Data Shows Improved Literacy Rates, Gender Equality Among Buddhist Converts in India
09/07/2017 11:55 (GMT+7)
An analysis of 2011 census data by IndiaSpend, a data journalism initiative in India, indicates that Dalits who have converted to Buddhism to escape Hindu caste oppression experience positive changes in their living conditions and their basic needs. The analysis shows that the converted Buddhists, also called neo-Buddhists, enjoy better literacy rates, greater work participation and gender equality when compared to Hindu Dalits.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama Marks 82nd Birthday in Leh
08/07/2017 12:36 (GMT+7)
Thousands of well-wishers, including Tibetans in traditional dress, thronged the streets of Leh, Ladakh, waving whites scarves and offering incense and prayers as they gathered to catch glimpse of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who on Thursday marked his 82nd birthday in the northern Indian city. 

Toronto Hosts 10th Global Conference on Buddhism
06/07/2017 11:51 (GMT+7)
The 10th Global Conference on Buddhism was held at the Ontario Science Center on 17–18 June under the theme “Buddhism, Neuroscience & Mental Health: Making a Mindful Connection,” seeking to combine scholarly wisdom with that of practitioners, both monastic and non-monastic. The line-up of participants included 15 speakers from Australia, Canada, and the United States, who discussed mindfulness and mental health, drawing connections between Buddhism’s 2,500-year history of practices and teachings, and modern scientific applications.
Vegetarian Farmer Saves Beef Cattle from the Slaughterhouse
06/07/2017 11:42 (GMT+7)
British farmer Jay Wilde found himself facing a dilemma after he inherited his father’s herd of beef cattle in 2011. A committed vegetarian, how could he reconcile his ethical beliefs wth the prospect of sending his cows to the slaughterhouse? This year, however, Wilde decided to draw a line in the sand, donating his entire herd to an animal sanctuary.

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