Exquisite Ancient Buddha Image from Mes Aynak to be Exhibited at National Museum of Afghanistan
27/04/2017 11:46 (GMT+7)
An ancient Buddha statue in a remarkable state of preservation—removed from one of the most dangerous regions of Afghanistan and believed to date to at least the 2nd century BCE—is set to go on permanent display in the National Museum of Afghanistan in Kabul.
Eight Boys Ordained as Monks in Seoul Ahead of Celebrations to Mark Buddha’s Birthday
26/04/2017 11:43 (GMT+7)
In preparation for celebrations in South Korea to mark the birth of the Buddha—this year observed on 3 May—eight boys, aged 5–7, were temporarily ordained in a traditional Buddhist ceremony at Jogye Temple in Seoul.

His Holiness the 103rd Gaden Tripa, Head of the Gelug School, Passes Away
25/04/2017 15:42 (GMT+7)
The 103rd Gaden Tripa, His Holiness Jetsun Lobsang Tenzin, the spiritual head of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, has passed away at the age of 80, the Central Tibetan Administration announced. Rinpoche had recently been admitted to the intensive care unit of Max Hospital in New Delhi after several months of illness. 
Buddhist New Year: Celebrating by Temporary Ordination in Myanmar
22/04/2017 11:58 (GMT+7)
While many people in South and Southeast Asia last week welcomed the Buddhist New Year by spraying copious amounts of water over each other, for Buddhists in Myanmar the festival is also a time for spiritual enrichment as many women spend the week-long holiday as temporarily ordained nuns.

MBA Monk Aims to Rejuvenate Japan’s Buddhist Temples
21/04/2017 14:04 (GMT+7)
Amid a marked decline in interest in Buddhism in Japan, 37-year-old Shokei Matsumoto, a monk from Komyo-ji, a temple in central Tokyo, wants to reverse that decline aand spread the Dharma in less traditional ways, by making Buddhist temples relevant to Japan’s overworked and aging population.
Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche: Science Shows Meditation Can Improve Our Quality of Life
19/04/2017 09:33 (GMT+7)
Tibetan meditation master Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche has long been a vocal advocate for the benefits of meditation, and in a recent interview he underscored the growing scientific evidence that supports his teachings.

US Buddhists Call for a United Stand Against Injustice and Suffering
16/04/2017 15:57 (GMT+7)
United States-based Buddhist journal Lion’s Roar has announced a compassionate call to action in response to the crisis in US politics. Authored by 13 noted Buddhist teachers and supported by more that 120 practitioners,* the initiative urges Buddhists and people of all faiths to “take a stand against policies of the new administration that will create suffering for the most vulnerable in society.” (Lions Roar)
Research Points to Environmental Benefits as Americans Eat Less Beef
10/04/2017 21:53 (GMT+7)
Americans are eating significantly less beef than they were 10 years ago and the environment is benefitting, according to a recently published study, which pointed to the corresponding decline in the carbon footprint of the average American diet.

Austrian Buddhist Shares Her Experience of 12 Years Spent in Mountain Retreat
09/04/2017 15:28 (GMT+7)
Tara Choying Lhamo, an Austrian Buddhist who has been living in retreat for more than 20 years—12 of which were spend in Milarepa’s caves in Lapchi, Nepal—is now sharing her unique experience and insights with audiences in Australia and New Zealand.
Russian Buddhists Offer Prayers in Response to St. Petersburg Metro Attack
07/04/2017 10:16 (GMT+7)
SOFIA—Buddhist communities across Russia have united to express their condolences and offer prayers for the victims of Monday’s tragic suicide bombing in the northwestern city of St. Petersburg.

Dalai Lama Has Emotional Reunion 58 Years On with Former Rifleman Who Escorted Him During Escape to India
05/04/2017 15:11 (GMT+7)
His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Sunday shared an emotional reunion with one of the seven guards from the Assam Rifles, India’s oldest paramilitary force, who escorted the spiritual leader in India during his escape from Tibet in March 1959. Visibly moved, His Holiness embraced Naren Chandra Das, now 79, during a special ceremony organized by the state government of Assam in the city of Guwahati.
Falguni Purnima: Celebrating Family Reunions and the Buddha’s Life
02/04/2017 16:38 (GMT+7)
In South and Southeast Asia, important Buddhist festivals are often celebrated on the day of the full moon (Purnima). For instance, the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, first sermon, and Mahaparinirvana are celebrated during the full moon day in the months of either April or May in the Gregorian calendar. This is called Buddha Purnima (or many other names, such as Vesak or Buddha Jayanti) and is the most prominent Buddhist festival in the world. But there is another Buddhist festival called Faguni Purnima, which falls on the day of the full moon in the month of Falgun, which this year corresponded with 13 March.

Buddhist Group in New England Marches in Support of Immigrants
31/03/2017 16:02 (GMT+7)
A group of monks, nuns, and lay Buddhists from the New England Peace Pagoda in the town of Leverett is walking across the state of Massachusetts in support of immigrants and refugees seeking asylum in the US. This is the 16th annual “Walk for a New Spring” that began in Leverett on 12 March and will end in Washington, DC, on 8 April. This year the walk is dedicated to “Sanctuary Cities, Sanctuary World.”
Indian High Court Declares Ganges, Yamuna Rivers “Living Entities” in Effort to Push Conservation
30/03/2017 16:43 (GMT+7)
A high court in India last week accorded the Ganges and Yamuna—two of India’s holiest rivers—the status of living entities, granting them the same legal rights as people, in a push to protect the waterways from further damage from pollution.

The Kalachakra Effect — Why is the Kalachakra Initiation So Popular?
29/03/2017 12:24 (GMT+7)
Once every couple of years, news and social media light up around the world with images of the red-robed Dalai Lama seated upon a high ceremonial throne amid a sea of devoted followers and captivated audience members. This newsworthy and popular Buddhist event is the Kalachakra initiation, which has become something of a hallmark of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama as the religious gathering has enjoyed an undiminished popularity over the last six decades. Arenas filled to bursting with well-wishers and devotees have earned the self-proclaimed “simple Buddhist monk” quite the rock star status. At the start of this year’s event, a multitude of Vajrayana Buddhists and fans of the Dalai Lama from around the world converged on the holy site of Bodh Gaya in India to attend the “34th Kalachakra Initiation and Teachings” that began on 2 January.
Dalai Lama Opens Three-day International Conference on “Relevance of Buddhism in the 21st Century”
22/03/2017 11:40 (GMT+7)
The three-day International Buddhist conference “The Relevance of Buddhism in the 21st Century: Perspectives and Global Challenges” was held over the weekend at the Rajgir International Convention Centre in Nalanda District, in the Indian state of Bihar. The conference was co-organized by Nava Nalanda Mahavihara (NNM), a deemed* university, and the Indian Union Ministry of Culture. His Holiness the Dalai Lama opened the conference by lighting a traditional lamp.

Salvation Centre Cambodia — Fighting HIV/AIDS with the Buddha’s Army
21/03/2017 11:37 (GMT+7)
Staring blankly into space, Pat Sorm sits on the steps of her house, hugging a photo of her son who died just a week earlier. Khon Kha was working in the military and had just turned 40. He had battled with AIDS for the last 10 years of his life. A funeral ceremony was performed in a simple, yet dignified manner, with support from a donation of US$30 that Pat Sorm received from the Salvation Centre Cambodia (SCC). Cremation alone had cost some US$50, but she was at least comforted that the proper Buddhist rituals would allow her son to move on in peace.
New Study Measure Impact of Chinese Buddhists with Vegetarian Diets on Greenhouse Gas Emissions
20/03/2017 16:42 (GMT+7)
According to a recent study published in the Journal of Contemporary Buddhism, Buddhists in China who have adopted vegetarian diets are offsetting almost 40 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emission each year. Professor Ampera A. Tseng, a researcher from Arizona State University (ASU), revealed the findings about the environmental benefits of vegetarian diets after investigating the impact on greenhouse gas emissions (GHGEs) in China.

Rebranded Buddhist Digital Resource Center Embarks on Ambitious New Mission
16/03/2017 10:28 (GMT+7)
HONG KONG—Marking its ambitious initiative to expand the scope of its mission to digitally preserve the literary traditions of Tibetan Buddhism to encompass Buddhist traditions in other languages,* the former Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center has announced that it has officially changed its name to the Buddhist Digital Resource Center (BDRC). Established with the objective of preserving, cataloguing, digitizing, and disseminating Tibetan Buddhist literature, the BDRC will this year begin digitally preserving and making accessible Buddhist texts and traditions in other languages, including Chinese, Pali, and Sanskrit.
Sister Chan Khong Appeals for an End to Rohingya Oppression in Open Letter to Aung San Suu Kyi
15/03/2017 12:25 (GMT+7)
Sister Chan Khong, the eldest monastic member of the Plum Village community established by the influential Zen Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh and one of his closest collaborators and students, has written an open letter to Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, appealing for compassionate action to halt the violent oppression of Rohingya Muslims in the country.

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