Buddhist Path Beyond Borders
22/10/2017 09:32 (GMT+7)
India is the motherland of Buddhism and a great source of knowledge and wisdom. In August, I had the honor of teaching a series of lectures on Buddhism in India. I was invited by the Centre for Indology at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan—an internationally reputed institution dedicated to the promotion of education and culture, founded in 1938 by the Indian politician, writer, and educationist Dr. Kanhaiyalal Maniklal Munshi (1887–1971). My lecture series on Buddhism in Tibet, Mongolia, Russia, and Bulgaria was organized by the dean of the Center of Indology, Prof. Dr. Shashi Bala, with the support of the director of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan,  Ashok Pradhan.
Two Buddhist Temples in Hong Kong Designated as National Monuments
20/10/2017 17:02 (GMT+7)
The Antiquities Advisory Board (AAB) of Hong Kong has designated two Buddhist temples—Tung Lin Kok Yuen (TLKY) Temple on Hong Kong Island and Yeung Hau Temple on Lantau Island—as monuments under the Antiquities and Monuments Ordinance, along with a Christian landmark—Kowloon Union Church.

Ancient Buddhist Scriptures Found Inside Amitabha Statue in South Korea
19/10/2017 12:11 (GMT+7)
The Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism announced on Monday that 29 Buddhist manuscripts have been discovered inside a 15th century wooden statue of a seated Amitabha Buddha. The statue was part of the collection of Haein Temple in South Gyeongsang Province, South Korea.
Buddhism the Fastest-growing Religion in Scottish and English Prisons
14/10/2017 10:45 (GMT+7)
For the past three years, Buddhism has been the fastest-growing religion among prisoners in Scottish prisons. Data recently obtained via a Freedom of Information request, shows that 22 prisoners registered their religion as Buddhism in the past three years.

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Reaffirms Buddhism as “First Among Equals” in Country’s Constitution
12/10/2017 11:40 (GMT+7)
Buddhism should be considered the “foremost” religion alongside a guarantee of equal rights for all faith traditions, prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in an address last week. He was speaking at the opening ceremony of the Association of SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) Speakers and Parliamentarians in Colombo on 4 October. 
The Daily Practice of a Modern Chinese Buddhist Nun: Facing the Discomfort
10/10/2017 13:10 (GMT+7)
The first challenge I encountered during the first year of my monastic training as a postulant was overcoming the discomfort from the clothes we wore. We had a special uniform—a long-sleeved, loose grey midi robe with long pants. In the winter, we could put on more layers inside and a black coat while outside. But in the hot summer, even when it was over 35ºC (about 95ºF, but it felt like 100ºF due to the humidity), we still needed to wear our uniform day and night without air conditioning. This was really too much for me, especially after I had become so used to the comfortable weather in the Westwood/Santa Monica area of California. We were sweating all the time—it felt like our bodies were soaking in salty water. It was even worse during morning/evening services and chanting ceremonies because we were required to wear another black maxi robe with long sleeves. I could not imagine how I would tolerate the habit after ordination, which has the additional layer of a long-sleeved maxi robe and long grey tube socks. Because of this, I also felt sympathy for Roman Catholic nuns!

Buddhist Nun Runs Meditation Sessions at Cairns Hospital in Australia
07/10/2017 11:36 (GMT+7)
Venerable Rinchen, nun and coordinator of the Khacho Yulo Ling Buddhist Centre (KYLBC) in the city of Cairns in the northeastern Australian staste of Queensland, provides meditation sessions at Cairns Hospital as part of a cardiac rehabilitation program and the heart conditioning clinic.
American Buddhist Teachers Issue Letter to Myanmar Leadership Urging Peace
28/09/2017 11:44 (GMT+7)
SEATTLE—In response to the growing communal violence in Myanmar, where the vast majority of the population identifies as Buddhists, a number of American Buddhist teachers have issued an open letter to members of the country’s government, including Myanmar’s de-facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. The letter bore the names of more than 70 teachers, as of 15 September. On 20 September, the letter’s author, Alan Senauke, vice-abbot of the Berkeley Zen Center said, “Over the weekend I will print and mail our joint letter in support of rights and aid for [Myanmar’s] Rohingya peoples. There is still time to send me your names as signatories.”

His Holiness the 33rd Menri Trizin Passes Away
21/09/2017 11:18 (GMT+7)
His Holiness Lungtok Tenpai Nyima, the 33rd Menri Trizin, and spiritual leader of the Bön Tibetan spiritual tradition passed away on 14 September, at Menri Monastery (Pal Shenten Menri Labrang) in Dolanji, India. He was 90 years old.
Reviving a Vietnamese Family Tradition – The Trantien Foundation
15/09/2017 17:09 (GMT+7)
In a remote village in Hue, central Vietnam, Ha Len’s parents only wish was for their daughter to have surgery for her cleft palate so that she could look like the other children. But it is something they could never afford. And even if Ha Len received the surgery, they knew that she might not live long anyway—by some cruel twist of fate, in addition to a completely cleft lip and palate, Ha Len was born with a congenital malformation of the heart known as Tetralogy of Fallot that left her heart with four anatomical abnormalities that hindered the normal flow of blood to the lungs, resulting in a blue tint to the skin and lips. Although a palliative shunting procedure was performed when she was very young, Ha Len still had “blue lips,” but because of the severity of her conditions, even charity surgical teams from Europe and the United States had declined to attempt a permanent surgical correction of her heart.

Expansion Project Complete at the Tibet Buddhist Theological Institute in Lhasa
14/09/2017 10:54 (GMT+7)
The Tibet Buddhist Theological Institute near the city of Lhasa, capital of Tibet Autonomous Region, is now able to accommodate more than 1,000 students following the formal completion of construction work on Tuesday, media reports revealed. The educational academy, which aims to promote the study of Tibetan Buddhism, first opened in 2011 with 150 students.
Refuge Recovery Groups in the US Use Mindfulness and Meditation to Fight Addiction
13/09/2017 09:25 (GMT+7)
While many people have expressed concerns about fighting addiction with medication and counseling, Noah Levine, “a tattooed, gold-toothed, punk-loving Buddhist from Santa Cruz” and counterculture Buddhist teacher, has introduced an alternative approach to combating addiction that draws on the Buddhist practices of mindfulness and meditation. His approach, called Refuge Recovery, is gaining ground in the United States (and in other countries), with centers across the nation, albeit in a strictly non-theistic form. (Valley News)

Walk with Me – Insight on Managing Sustainability from Buddhist Teachings
11/09/2017 15:27 (GMT+7)
When it comes to drawing inspiration from the Buddhist teachings for management practices, one monastic scholar half-jokingly argued that every entrepreneur should learn from the Buddha. Why? Because there is no corporation in history that can compete with the 2,500-year tenure of the Buddha, with the same global presence and branches on every continent. The teachings, vision, and mission of the Buddha have been passed on from generation to generation, and many practitioners (successors of the Buddha) have had to overcome unbearable hardships and challenges to continue this legacy, especially when they venture out into new grounds. The Buddhist teachings attempt to adapt themselves to local circumstances and lifestyles, without losing sight of the core principles and values. It offers a very inspiring localised and customized solution by which the Buddha’s legacy is adjusted to meet human needs.
Buddhism-inspired Primary School in Thailand is Made Entirely from Earth and Bamboo
08/09/2017 12:00 (GMT+7)
Panyaden International School in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai, is constructed entirely out of earth and bamboo. The inspiration behind the school's buildings is drawn from nature, and the earth-and-bamboo structures are designed with a profound respect for nature and the Buddhist values that also inform the curriculum of the school.

Journeying Across Shikoku: The Shikoku Pilgrimage
28/08/2017 12:33 (GMT+7)
Japan is the land of the rising sun and hopelessly polite people. On the surface, it appears to be a secular country, but if one looks closely one finds the citizens to be surprisingly spiritual. This spirituality is influenced by both Buddhism—brought to the court of Emperor Kinmei by a Korean mission (c. 552)—and Shintoism, the indigenous religion of Japan.
A Buddhist Garden of Peace in Rural Montana
27/08/2017 14:10 (GMT+7)
The hills of rural Montana are not the first place one might go to find a sprawling Buddhist peace garden. But that is exactly what you will come upon if you turn east on White Coyote Road from Route 93 between Missoula and Kalispell, just north of Arlee on the Flathead Indian Reservation. After a short drive along that road you will see first a giant structure holding a statue (Tib: Yum Chenmo, Skt: Prajnaparamita; the Great Mother of Transcendent Wisdom), and then eight rows of white molded Buddhas stretching out from her, forming an eight-spoked Dharma wheel. As you park and approach on foot, you will find a variety of other statues, ponds, flowers (depending on the season), and inspirational quotations.

1,800-year-old Buddhist Carvings in Lianyungang Bridge the Past and Future of the Silk Road
24/08/2017 11:13 (GMT+7)
A rare collection of Buddhist carvings dating to the Eastern Han dynasty (25–220 CE) on a hill near the Chinese port city of Lianyungang serves as a lasting record of the arrival of Buddhism in China along the maritime Silk Road. They also offer a tangible link between those ancient trade routes and modern China’s ambitions to draw upon this legacy through the economic and trade development initiative known as “One Belt, One Road”—a plan to resurrect the Silk Road for the 21st century.
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.

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