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.
Women of Buddhism
11/06/2018 12:29 (GMT+7)
Buddhist women—lay and monastic alike—make up half of the Fourfold Sangha. Naturally, they too should benefit from equal access to all Buddhist institutions, but the painful truth is that this ideal has not always been realized throughout history, and even today women continue to be underrepresented and denied rights and respect.

Vegetarian Diets Gaining Traction in China, Reports Show
09/06/2018 13:53 (GMT+7)
With a landmark study published last week by the journal Science presenting compelling evidence that avoiding meat and dairy products is single biggest way individual people can reduce their environmental impact on the planet, recent media reports indicate a corresponding paradigm shift is taking place in China—the world’s largest market for beef, pork, and poultry products—where health- and environmentally aware people are turning to meat-free diets in growing numbers.
Buddhist Temples Across Japan Soon to Offer Rented Accommodation for Tourists
07/06/2018 14:33 (GMT+7)
With a new law coming into effect later this month, Buddhist Temples across Japan will be able to rent out their spare rooms to tourists, opening up opportunities for temple stays across the country and allowing them to tap into Japan’s tourism boom.

Challenges Ahead for Millennial Monks Revitalizing Mongolia’s Ancient Buddhist Tradition
06/06/2018 09:11 (GMT+7)
In the wake of decades of suppression under Communists rule, Mongolia is beginning to reconnect with its spiritual roots, and a new generation of monastic practitioners is reviving he country’s centuries-old Buddhist heritage. However, the young monastic flag-bearers face numerous challenges and an uncertain future as the Dharma flowers anew. 
Prime Minister of Bhutan Offers Keynote Speech at UN Vesak Celebration in Thailand
01/06/2018 10:31 (GMT+7)
As the United Nations marked the international Day of Vesak under the theme “Buddhist Contribution for Human Development,” in Thailand this month, the prime minister of Bhutan, Lyonchhen Dasho Tshering Tobgay, was invited to provide the keynote address for the Buddhist celebration, in which he spoke in detail on the growing need for global change founded in Buddhist values and based on a sustainable, holistic approach to development for the benefit of all sentient beings.

Ancient Buddhist Artifacts from Afghanistan Restored in Japan
27/05/2018 09:40 (GMT+7)
A pair of early Buddhist artifacts unearthed from the ruins of the ancient Buddhist city of Mes Aynak in Afghanistan, which flourished from the 3rd–8th centuries, have been painstakingly restored in Japan after being relocated to protect the relics from the country’s unstable security environment. The restorations are the first under a program by Tokyo University of the Arts to rescue and preserve damaged archaeological treasures from site. 
Two Koreas Celebrate Vesak With Joint Prayer
26/05/2018 15:13 (GMT+7)
Buddhists in South Korea gathered on Tuesday to celebrate the Buddha’s 2,562nd birthday, an occasion marked by colorful lanterns, boy monks, and a joint inter-Korean prayer for peace.

Singapore Celebrates Centennial of its Oldest Theravada Temple
20/05/2018 09:08 (GMT+7)
Wat Ananda Metyarama in Singapore celebrated its 100th anniversary, on Sunday. The wat is the oldest Theravada Buddhist temple in Singapore and the first Thai temple established outside the Southeast Asian kingdom and formally recognized by Thailand’s royal family.
North Korean Buddhist Federation Sends Vesak Prayer to South
11/05/2018 09:47 (GMT+7)
North Korea’s Buddhist Federation has sent a prayer to the Association of Korean Buddhist Orders to mark celebrations of the Buddha’s Birthday, which falls later this month, South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported. The move comes in the wake of warmer ties between the two Koreas following the historic inter-Korean summit and Panmunjom Declaration on 27 April.

Indian PM Modi Emphasizes the Role of Buddhist Diplomacy at Buddha Jayanti Celebration
05/05/2018 11:42 (GMT+7)
India’s Ministry of Culture celebrated Buddha Jayanti at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi on Monday, in cooperation with the International Buddhist Confederation. In his keynote speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who inaugurated the event, emphasized the importance of Buddhist diplomacy to India’s relations with other (predominantly Buddhist) countries in Asia.
Dharma Realm Buddhist University in Northern California Gains Academic Accreditation
01/05/2018 11:41 (GMT+7)
SEATTLE—Dharma Realm Buddhist University (DRBU) has announced that it has received initial accreditation of its academic programs by the WASC* Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), a regional accrediting agency serving higher education institutions in California, Hawaii, and the Pacific.

Women of Buddhism
28/04/2018 16:22 (GMT+7)
Buddhist women—lay and monastic alike—make up half of the Fourfold Sangha. Naturally, they too should benefit from equal access to all Buddhist institutions, but the painful truth is that this ideal has not always been realized throughout history, and even today women continue to be underrepresented and denied rights and respect.
Buddhist Objections Scupper Planned IPO of Sacred Mountain in China
27/04/2018 09:30 (GMT+7)
Amid an avalanche of objections from furious monks, China’s securities market regulator has put a hold to plans for an IPO launch for a tourism venture associated with Putuo Shan—one of four sacred Buddhist mountains in China—noted for its numerous temples and golden statues of the bodhisattva Guan Yin.

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.

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