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.

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.

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