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.

Repurposed Japanese Temple Candles Provide Light for Underprivileged Children
11/08/2018 10:00 (GMT+7)
Hundreds of Buddhist temples in Japan are donating used ceremonial candles to provide much needed sources of light for underprivileged children across the world. In June alone some 7,800 partially used candles still with hours of use in them were packed into cardboard boxes and loaded on board a ship in Yokohama port to begin a three-month journey over sea and land to children in need in Afghanistan.
Zanskar Buddhists and Muslims Pledge Peace Before the Dalai Lama
06/08/2018 16:52 (GMT+7)
Representatives of the Buddhist and Muslim communities in Zanskar in the far northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir recently signed a pledge of peace and religious harmony in the presence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, vowing to bring an end to communal tensions that have plagued communities in the mountainous region for decades. His holiness described the landark step toward resolving the longstanding conflict during his visit to the Himalayan region as a major achievement.

The Head of Korea’s Largest Buddhist Order Apologizes for Corruption Furor
02/08/2018 09:06 (GMT+7)
The presiding executive of the Jogye Order of South Korea has issued a public apology for the series of scandals that has enveloped the order and his leadership of the organization. Venerable Seoljeong, who heads South Korea’s largest Buddhist order, stated that he would not step down from his position immediately, however, insisting that the allegations against him are untrue.
High Court Orders Bodh Gaya a Plastic-free Zone, Demands Government Action against Plastic Pollution
28/07/2018 16:16 (GMT+7)
On 23 July, Patna High Court, the high court of the Indian state of Bihar, has instructed the Gaya District administration to announce Bodh Gaya a plastic-free zone and ordered Bihar State government to take action against the pollution caused by polythene bags, after local news reports revealed the level of plastic pollution in Muchalinda Lake. 

Rock Star Buddhist Nun Ani Choying Drolma Donates US$90,000 to Fund Bridge Construction in Nepal
24/07/2018 22:24 (GMT+7)
Ani Choying Drolma, sometimes dubbed Nepal’s rock star nun in the media as a result of her successful career singing Buddhist chants and songs, has donated 10 million Nepalese rupees (more than US$90,000) to the government of Nepal to help fund the construction of suspension bridges in remote parts of the Himalayan nation that are currently only accessible by dangerous pulley crossings.
Amid 83rd Birthday Preparations in Ladakh, Dalai Lama Commends Transformation of Buddhist Monasteries into Training Centers
11/07/2018 18:01 (GMT+7)
His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Tuesday praised efforts by Himalayan Buddhist communities in India to turn monasteries into centers of training, observing that transforming the monastic system was a necessary move toward a more democratic paradigm in the modern era. 

Dalai Lama Launches “Happiness Curriculum” for Schoolchildren in New Delhi
04/07/2018 16:01 (GMT+7)
A new curriculum devised by the New Delhi government’s education department was launched by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on 2 July. Dubbed the “Happiness Curriculum,” it focuses on the concept of holistic education based on personal wellbeing through meditation, moral teachings, and mental exercises. The core idea is to produce sarvagun sampann (versatile) professionals and human beings who can serve society as happy individuals, and enhance the experiences and personalities of future generations, influencing positive national development. The curriculum is intended for 800,000 schoolchildren from nursery to class VIII at some 1,000 schools in New Delhi.
South Korea Unveils Restored 1,300-year-old Buddhist Pagoda
23/06/2018 15:53 (GMT+7)
South Korea on Wednesday unveiled the fruit of a nearly 20-year project to restore the country’s oldest and largest stone Buddhist pagoda, Mireuksaji Seoktap, which is believed to date to the seventh century.

The First in 1,000 Years: An Interview with Venerable Kusuma
22/06/2018 15:37 (GMT+7)
In 1996, Venerable Dr. Kusuma became the first Buddhist nun in 10 centuries to ordain in Sri Lanka. She later established a meditation center, wrote several books, and has given Dharma talks all over the world. An advocate of women’s ordination, Ven. Dr. Kusuma is credited with helping to revive the Theravada monastic tradition for Sri Lankan women.
Swiss City of Bern Inaugurates Buddhist Burial Ground
17/06/2018 22:34 (GMT+7)
Berne, the de facto capital of Switzerland, earlier this month became the first city in the federal republic to establish a dedicated cemetery for Buddhists. An inauguration ceremony was held on 5 June attended by around 150 lay and monastic Buddhists to consecrate the new burial ground within the city’s Bremgarten cemetery.

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