Bill Gates Takes Up Meditation to Improve Focus
08/12/2018 17:08 (GMT+7)
In a recent post on his personal blog, Bill Gates, author, philanthropist, and the principal founder of the Microsoft Corporation, mentions that he has taken up mediation this year to improve his focus, and now sits together with his wife Melinda two or three times a week.
Buddhistdoor View: Buddhism in Southeast Asia: a Catalyst for Civic Exchange
04/12/2018 17:10 (GMT+7)
On 13 November, Buddhist leaders from Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia met in Vientiane, the capital of Laos,to “strengthen co-operation between the three countries’ Buddhist organizations and promote and develop Lao Buddhism [both] in the region and internationally.” This meeting, attended by over 500 monastics, was called “The 1st Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam Buddhist Leaders' Conference.” (Việt Nam News) 

Engaged Buddhism in Action: KMJ Offers Disaster Relief in the Wake of Deadly Lombok Quakes
26/11/2018 15:52 (GMT+7)
In the wake of the series of devastating earthquakes and aftershocks that shook Lombok, Indonesia, earlier this year, the Buddhist non-profit organization Karuna Mitta Jaya (KMJ) has been working tirelessly in the weeks since to provide some measure of comfort and relief to thousands of survivors living with the aftermath of the disaster.
Blind but not Lost
16/11/2018 18:09 (GMT+7)
The Sun has barely opened its eye on this October morning in Myanmar, but already there’s a buzz of activity at the School for the Needy Blind as the bus pulls up into the compound. With a giggle, 15-year-old Phyo deftly dabs a light shade of pink onto her lips. She is determined to look her best for this special day. Tapping her cane along the way, she finds the steps of the bus and mounts confidently. For Phyo, and many of her excited classmates on board, this is their first International White Cane Day march in Mandalay. 

Shah Allah Ditta Buddhist Caves in Pakistan in Need of Preservation
11/11/2018 16:36 (GMT+7)
Though overshadowed by other, more prominent Buddhist sites in Pakistan, the 2,500-year-old Buddhist caves of Shah Allah Ditta village attract hundreds of visitors each weekend. The caves themselves and the amenities surrounding them, however, appear to have been neglected by the authorities, and plans for the regulation, conservation, and development of the site have yet to be put into action.
Japanese Temples Redistribute Donations to Fight Child Poverty
07/11/2018 18:46 (GMT+7)
Roughly one in seven children in Japan—or 2.8 million children—live in relative poverty, according to media reports, making it one of the most serious, albeit tragically hidden, social problems in contemporary Japanese society. While Japan is a modern and wealthy nation, economic distress often goes hand in hand with social isolation, and most instances of child poverty can go unnoticed until a tragic case makes its way into the mainstream media. In one such case, a 28-year-old mother and her three-year-old son died of starvation in Osaka in 2013, shocking the nation and inspiring Buddhist priest Seirou Matsushima to find a way to address the crisis.

American Zen Teacher and Activist Bernie Glassman Passes Away at 79
06/11/2018 16:45 (GMT+7)
American Zen Buddhist teacher and social activist Bernie Glassman passed away at his home in Massachusetts early on Sunday morning at the age of 79, the Buddhist order he founded, Zen Peacemakers International, said in a public notice published on Monday. Glassman was reported to be in the company of his spouse and fellow Zen teacher Eve Marko.
Dalai Lama Counsels Youth Leaders from Conflict Zones Against Action Founded in Anger
26/10/2018 18:44 (GMT+7)
Hosting a gathering of 28 youth leaders from 14 countries plagued with conflict and war, His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Wednesday counseled the young visitors to his official residence in Dharamsala, northern India, with one of the fundamental understandings of the Buddhist teachings—that even when based on justified reasons or with sincere motivations, actions founded in or motivated by anger only exacerbate and continue the cycle of violence and conflict.

Golden Hall at Buddhist Temple in Nara Restored 301 Years After Fiery Destruction
22/10/2018 16:48 (GMT+7)
The Central Golden Hall at the historic Buddhist temple Kofuku-ji in the former Japanese capital of Nara, has finally been restored to its former glory 301 years after it was devastated in a fire in 1717. A ceremony to officially celebrate the completion of the restoration was attended by thousands of devotees and well-wishers from 7–11 October.
Buddhist Movie Star Chow Yun-fat Vows to Donate Fortune to Charity
17/10/2018 18:48 (GMT+7)
Veteran actor and film star Chow Yun-fat may have achieved global superstardom, but the trappings of that success don’t seem to have gone to his head as the self-professed Buddhist recently revealed that he plans to donate the bulk of his considerable fortune to charity.

World’s Largest Buddhist Sutra Calligraphy Moves Visitors
10/10/2018 17:27 (GMT+7)
Over the past year, more than 40,000 people have travelled to Ryoun-ji, a temple in central Japan, to admire the world’s largest calligraphy of the Heart Sutra, rendered by Shōko Kanazawa, a 33-year-old calligrapher with Down Syndrome.
Carnegie Foundation and Elijah Interfaith Institute to Draft Friendship Pact for World Religions
08/10/2018 10:48 (GMT+7)
The Carnegie Foundation and The Elijah Interfaith Institute have announced that they are working on a historic friendship treaty between the world’s largest religions, intending to invite senior leaders from various world faiths—such as the Dalai Lama, the Pope, and the Grand Mufti—to The Hague in June 2020 to sign the historic declaration at a summit to be held at the Peace Palace. 

1,001 Bodhisattva Statues Restored at Kyoto Temple in 45-Year Preservation Project
06/10/2018 16:39 (GMT+7)
A 45-year undertaking to clean, repair, and restore 1,001 statues of the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (Jp: Kannon; Ch: Guanyin) has been completed at the Sanjusangen-do Buddhist temple in the historic Japanese city of Kyoto, after the final set of restored sculptures was returned to the temple hall on Friday.
Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche Passes Away at 79
03/10/2018 17:13 (GMT+7)
The respected Dzogchen master and founder of the Merigar Community, Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, has passed away at the age of 79. He breathed his last breath on the evening of 27 September at his residence, Gadeling, at Merigar West Buddhist Center, Italy.

Buddhist Humanitarian Organization JTS Offers Relief for Typhoon Mangkhut Victims in the Philippines
02/10/2018 18:12 (GMT+7)
Soon after the powerful Typhoon Mangkhut slammed into Luzon, the largest and northernmost island in the Philippine archipelago, on 14 September, Buddhist humanitarian NGO the Join Together Society (JTS) rapidly deployed a team of volunteer relief workers to provide aid and assistance to communities affected by the super typhoon.
Korean Buddhist Monk Runs for Peace and Reconciliation with Vietnam
26/09/2018 16:17 (GMT+7)
More than 40 years after the end of the Vietnam War, a Korean Buddhist monk has made it his mission to help heal the deep wounds the conflict created between his country and Vietnam. Running thousands of miles to raise funds and demonstrate his solidarity with the people of Vietnam, Venerable Jino has dedicated his life to helping Vietnam and to improving the lives of Vietnamese migrants in South Korea.

Kenya Prison Uses Mindfulness to Reduce Violence and Bridge Gap Between Guards and Inmates
20/09/2018 08:42 (GMT+7)
Naivasha GK, Kenya’s largest maximum-security prison located just north of the capital Nairobi, is using a mindfulness training program to control violence and bring inmates and guards closer together.
The Past and the Future of Women in Buddhism
07/09/2018 17:38 (GMT+7)
In contrast to the common belief that religion in general is antagonistic toward women, Buddhism has in many ways been women’s ally in supporting their rights and honoring them by promoting the equality of all human beings. This might be quite a difficult narrative to sell for a number of reasons, yet by looking at the early history and fundamental philosophy of Buddhism, we’ll come to understand this to be true. From its start in the Indian subcontinent, Buddhism emerged as not only a new form of spirituality, as part of the sramana movement that challenged the established religions and their clerics, but also as a spiritual and social movement bringing more equality and eradicating customs that no longer serve the wellbeing of the general populace.

Buddhist “Eco-monks” Work to Protect Thailand’s Environment
18/08/2018 16:57 (GMT+7)
As Thailand’s economy develops and grows, maintaining the delicate ecological balance remains a major challenge. As a consequence of extensive deforestation and widespread dam projects, the country is regularly affected by both flooding and droughts, but some Buddhist monks are actively working to protect the environment by integrating Buddhist principals with environmental awareness, consulting with government officials about environmental problems, and implementing sustainability projects, such as installing solar panels at Buddhist temples and helping villagers fashion environmentally friendly cottages out of mud and other naturally available materials. 
Thai Cave Boys Complete Nine Day Ordination as Novice Monks
13/08/2018 15:42 (GMT+7)
Eleven members of the Wild Boars soccer team, who were rescued from a flooded cave in northern Thailand after being trapped for 18 days, completed their temporary ordination as novice monks at Pha That Doi Wao Temple in northern Thailand on Saturday. Their coach, Ekapol “Ek” Chanthawong, will remain at the monastery for three months, having undertaken full monastic vows for the duration of the Buddhist rains retreat.

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