Buddhists Pray for Peace and Unification Ahead of Inter-Korean Summit
22/04/2018 18:49 (GMT+7)
Ahead of the inter-Korean summit scheduled for next week, Buddhist organizations are meeting in South Korea to pray for peace, stability, and unification on the Korean Peninsula.
Buddhist Peace Organization Issues Open Letter Decrying Treatment of Myanmar’s Rohingya
14/04/2018 13:39 (GMT+7)
SEATTLE—The Burmese-American organization Saddha: Buddhists for Peace, which describes itself as “a group dedicated to anti-racism and interfaith solidarity efforts,” has issued “An Open Letter to Burmese Buddhists Concerning the Rohingya” detailing their concern about the ongoing repression of the mostly Muslim ethnic group in eastern Myanmar. The organization is led by a diverse cross-section of Burmese from Buddhist backgrounds, some living in Burma and others outside the country.

9th Century Buddhist Carvings Discovered in Tibet
12/04/2018 11:57 (GMT+7)
On 6 April, Xinhua reported that construction workers building a highway at a junction in Zhag’yab County, Chamdo Prefecture, noticed Buddhist carvings etched on cliffs, located 8 kilometers north of Azixiang township, near the banks of the Leibuqu River. The accidental discovery made while mining for stones in Tibet Autonomous Region may help to shed light on some of the most mysterious and uncertain periods of the Tibetan Empire (7th to 9th centuries CE).
Prime Minister of Bhutan Proposes Founding of International Center of Vajrayana Buddhism
08/04/2018 18:45 (GMT+7)
THIMPHU—Speaking at the International Vajrayana Conference held in the Bhutanese capital Thimphu last week,* the prime minister of Bhutan, Lyonchhen Dasho Tshering Tobgay, proffered a new vision aimed at ensuring the preservation and development of the Vajrayana Buddhist tradition in the 21st century, proposing the establishment of an international center of Vajrayana Buddhism.

Chinese Community in Kolkata, India, Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Hsuan Tsang Monastery
30/03/2018 11:01 (GMT+7)
On 14 March, the Chinese community in Kolkata, India, celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Hsuan Tsang Monastery. The monastery is named after Xuanzang (602-64), known as Hsuan Tsang in India, a famous Buddhist monk and scholar from China who travelled to India in the seventh century. The monastery was constructed 50 years ago, by the local Chinese community in Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal.
Archaeologists in China Unearth Sutra Translation by Tang Dynasty Monk Xuanzang
24/03/2018 09:52 (GMT+7)
Archeologists working at an excavation at the Tuyugou Grottoes in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, northwest China, have announced the discovery of a large fragment of ancient text believed to be a copy of the Mahaprajnaparamita Sutra, translated into Chinese by the renowned Tang dynasty (618–907) Buddhist monk, scholar, and traveler Xuanzang.

Buddhist Psychology for the Modern World: An Interview with Lene Handberg
14/03/2018 17:57 (GMT+7)
Nestled in the Himalayan foothills, just outside the town of Dehra Dun, India, lies the Tarab Ling retreat center. Residents of the center rarely venture outside after dusk. A leopard has been spotted roaming around and has recently taken prey, a small dog, leaving its mother inconsolable and the other dogs nervous.
International Women’s Day: Celebrating the Women of Buddhism
12/03/2018 12:01 (GMT+7)
Today is International Women’s Day, and although gender equality and inclusion should be on the agenda every day of the year, we will pay some extra attention today to the women in and of Buddhism.

Buddhist Monk Who Blessed Mount Everest Climbers Passes Away
24/02/2018 12:39 (GMT+7)
Lama Geshe Odiyaana Vajra Rinpoche, the Buddhist monk who was perhaps best known for blessing climbers seeking to scale the treacherous heights of Mount Everest, passed away on 13 February at his home in the Sherpa village of Pangboche in Nepal’s Khumbu Valley. He was 87 years old.
Buddhist Communities Around the World Mark the Lunar New Year
20/02/2018 19:10 (GMT+7)
Buddhists across the globe have gathered to mark the Lunar New Year in recent days, from Hong Kong to Houston, and Sydney to Singapore, festivities and Buddhist rituals were observed and shared across Chinese, Korean, Tibetan, and Vietnamese communities, and more.

Fire Breaks Out in Tibet’s 1,300-year-old Jokhang Temple; Extent of Damage Uncertain
19/02/2018 14:56 (GMT+7)
A large fire broke out on Saturday evening in the compound of one of Tibetan Buddhism’s most sacred temples, the Jokhang in Lhasa. Footage posted to social media showed a blaze engulfing a building within the temple compound, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, at around 6:30pm local time. Although the area is typically crowded with pilgrims, especially during the Losar celebration of the traditional Lunar New Year, which began on Friday, no casualties have been reported.
First Amaravati Buddhist Heritage Festival Sets World Record for Global Peace Chant
18/02/2018 12:39 (GMT+7)
The first Amaravati Buddhist Heritage Festival was held in the southeastern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh on 3–5 February, The opening ceremony began with a collective chant for world peace and harmony by more than a 1,000 monks representing the Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana schools, with more than 45,000 people from around the world participating via the Internet, setting a world record for the largest global chant.

New 45-foot Buddha Statue in Bangladesh a Symbol of Communal Harmony
16/02/2018 18:34 (GMT+7)
A new 45-foot statue of the Buddha erected in Bangladesh’s Chittagong Hill Tracts on the premises of Tainkhalipara Sanghamitva Seva Sangha Vihar (TSSSV) has become a symbol of communal unity in a region too often affected by conflict and unrest.
Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama Issues Clarification over Report of Controversial Donation
06/02/2018 11:25 (GMT+7)
SEATTLE—The Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama has issued a statement clarifying a recent media report alleging that the Tibetan spiritual leader had received a US$1 million donation from the controversial NXIVM* organization in the United States in 2009. The Daily Mail,** a British tabloid newspaper, reported on 24 January that the His holiness had received the donation in connection with a 2009 personal appearance in Albany, New York.

Thai Artists Work to Rescue 170-year-old Buddhist Murals
31/01/2018 11:18 (GMT+7)
A dedicated team of Thai artists has been recruited to take part in a three-year initiative to rescue a remarkable piece of Buddhist history at the renowned Suthat Temple in Bangkok. The expansive mural paintings in Wat Suthat’s main hall, which date to the 1840s, depict stories of the Buddha’s previous incarnations as well as scenes of daily life in Rattanakosin period (1782–1932) Siam, have fallen into disrepair.
Buddhist Tourism in West Bengal and Bangladesh: An Untapped Resource
30/01/2018 20:28 (GMT+7)
Before the convulsions of postcolonial state making, what is now the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and West Bengal (a state of what is today India) once formed an undivided eastern portion of the Indian subcontinent. In Bangladesh, Buddhist heritage sites can be found at Paharpur in Naogaon District, Mahasthangarh in Chittagong District, Mainamati in Comilla District, and Bikrampur in Dhaka District. Old Bengal was a rich cultural and Buddhist region, the mother to medieval Buddhist master Atisha (982–1054) as well as seminal poet Rabindranath Tagore (1861–1941). Today, archeologists and scholars alike are drawn to the many Buddhist sites that dot the landscape.

One of the Largest Dunhuang Exhibitions To Date Opens to the Public in Shenzhen
30/01/2018 20:28 (GMT+7)
Shenzhen, a major city in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong, is now the stage for one of the largest Dunhuang exhibitions to date. Making use of reproductions and utilizing cutting-edge technology, the exhibition, titled Mysterious Dunhuang, the event allows visitors to walk among life-size reconstructions of the ancient Mogao Caves.
Japanese Monk Promotes Cleaning as a Path to Well-being
26/01/2018 11:41 (GMT+7)
Japanese Buddhist monk Shoukei Matsumoto takes cleaning very seriously. In fact, he views it as an essential part of a healthy, positive life and Buddhist practice, going so far as to author a book on the subject that has become a bestseller in his native Japan and has recently been translated into English. 

Excavation in Bangladesh Reveals 1,000-year-old Buddhist City
20/01/2018 11:20 (GMT+7)
A team of archaeologists from China and Bangladesh have announced the results of a joint four-year excavation of the Vikrampur Ruins, an archeological dig near the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka. Historians believe the ruins to be the remains of the ancient city of Vikrampur, formerly a major Buddhist center with strong ties to the renowned Bengali Buddhist master Atisha.
Maia Duerr: Zen, Life, and Livelihood
18/01/2018 14:25 (GMT+7)
Maia Duerr has worked as a qualitative researcher, an anthropologist, a writer, and an editor. She served as the research director of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society (CMIND) from 2002–04 and as the executive director of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship from 2004–07. In 2010, she wrote an introduction to engaged Buddhism for the PBS movie The Buddha, and launched a blog called the Liberated Life Project that same year. This past December she released the book, Work that Matters: Create a Livelihood That Reflects Your Core Intention (Parallax Press, 2017). This month we interviewed Maia about her life and her new book.

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