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  • Who built this Siberian summer palace… and why?

    11/15/2014 4:35:03 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies
    Siberian Times ^ | 12 November 2014 | Derek Lambie
    Outer walls standing 10 metres tall and 12 metres wide formed a rectangular shape... Walls on the inside were smaller, at about one metre-tall, forming the outline of buildings, with a large building in the centre of the site. Some of the walls and panels were covered with lime plaster painted with horizontal red striped... 'The building was most likely of the post-and-beam construction characteristic of Chinese architecture from the T’ang Dynasty,' wrote head archaeologist Irina Arzhantseva in a report published in The European Archaeologist in 2011. 'Finds of burnt timber fragments point to the use of the typical Chinese...
  • China warns Tibet party members not to harbor separatist 'fantasies' about Dalai Lama

    11/06/2014 8:29:25 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 5, 2014
    China warns Tibet party members not to harbor separatist 'fantasies' about Dalai Lama BEIJING Wed Nov 5, 2014 3:44am EST (Reuters) - A top Chinese official has vowed to severely punish members of the ruling Communist Party in Tibet who "harbor fantasies" about the troubled region's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, state media said on Wednesday. In a front-page article in the Tibet Daily, Tibet's party chief Chen Quanguo said China would stamp out any separatist inclinations.
  • What different religions say about aliens: A brief guide

    11/04/2014 8:38:50 AM PST · by EveningStar · 67 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | October 26, 2014 | Chris Wright / David Weintraub
    Religions have surprisingly diverse approaches to the issue of possible extraterrestrial life, David Weintraub found. Below, a quick survey adapted from his book "Religions and Extraterrestrial Life: How Will We Deal With It?" and interviews with the author.
  • Ebola Patient Needs $500,000 to Cover Medical Bills

    10/10/2014 11:37:46 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 74 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 15 hrs ago | Beth Braverman
    The 33-year-old freelance cameraman who contracted Ebola in Liberia is fighting for his life at the University of Nebraska Medical Center this week. He’s also racking up hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills. According to a GoFundMe campaign launched Monday by his friends, Ashoka Mukpo’s medical bills could run in excess of $500,000.
  • NBC cameraman with Ebola flying back to US

    10/03/2014 4:26:27 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 34 replies
    NY Post ^ | 10/3/14 | By Chris Perez, Joe Tacopino and Post Wires
    NBC cameraman with Ebola flying back to US By Chris Perez, Joe Tacopino and Post Wires An American cameraman helping to cover the Ebola outbreak in Liberia for NBC News has tested positive for the virus and will be flown back to the United States for treatment. NBC News President Deborah Turness said Thursday the rest of the NBC News crew including medical correspondent Dr. Nancy Snyderman will be flown back to the U.S. and placed in quarantine for 21 days “in an abundance of caution.” The freelance cameraman has been working in Liberia for three years for Vice News...
  • NBC cameraman with Ebola is 'reincarnation of Tibetan teacher'-- NBC camerman Ashoka Mukpo

    NBC cameraman with Ebola is 'reincarnation of Tibetan teacher' whose English society girl mother married Buddhist guru when she was 16 He was working for NBC's chief medical correspondent Dr. Nancy Snyderman in Liberia His father Mitchell Levy says doctors are 'optimistic about his prognosis' Ashoka's mother Diana Mukpo married a Tibetan Buddhist lama at 16 The lama, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, adopted Ashoka as a young child Trungpa identified Ashoka as a 'tulku', a reincarnation of a Tibetan teacher Dr Snyderman and her crew have quarantined themselves for 21 days over fears they they might have contracted Ebola, as well...
  • U.S. Journalist With Ebola Being Evacuated Freelancer Being Evacuated From Liberia to Nebraska

    10/03/2014 6:12:10 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 86 replies
    WSJ ^ | 10/03/14 | Drew Hinshaw, Lukas I. Alpert and Jennifer Levitz
    MONROVIA, Liberia—Ashoka Mukpo, an American freelance journalist diagnosed with Ebola, and the NBC News team he worked with here will be flown to the U.S., as the epidemic sweeping West Africa continues to have international repercussions. Mr. Mukpo is scheduled to be picked up Sunday night in Liberia and will be transported to the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, his father, Mitchell Levy, said Friday
  • Did Ashoka Mukpo contract Ebola from washing a car? (Video)

    10/07/2014 9:02:38 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 35 replies
    cnn / youtube ^ | 10-7-2014
    The parents of Ebola patient Ashoka Mukpo discuss the presumption that their son contracted Ebola from washing a car.
  • When Buddhist Monks Wield Kalashnikovs

    07/10/2014 3:51:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | July 2, 2014 | BY David Brenner
    In Burma, an ultranationalist Buddhist militia is training to "defend the fatherland" against Rohingya Muslims.I Was a monk. Most of us used to be," says a heavily armed soldier in the rugged mountains of northern Burma's Kachin state. "When I heard about this army, I really wanted to join. You know, in Rakhine state, we need to defend Buddhism." The soldier fights for the little-known militia of Buddhist nationalists referred to as the Arakan Army. In his khaki uniform, a Kalashnikov slung over his shoulder, he is far from the peaceful Buddhist monk of the Western imagination. Yet some officials...
  • Small boy mistakes Jersey City sand mandala for playground, destroys hours of work

    04/25/2014 4:11:58 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 19 replies
    Jersey Journal NJ.com ^ | April 25, 2014
    Jersey City received a lesson on the impermanence of life a bit earlier than planned today, when a toddler mistook a Buddhist sand mandala for a playground this morning, smudging the center and sides and almost destroying days of painstaking work.
  • Could this be the son of God?

    09/01/2003 11:57:42 PM PDT · by miltonim · 72 replies · 210+ views
    TELEGRAPH.CO.UK ^ | (Filed: 01/09/2003) | Telegraph Group Limited
    The man they call Jesus of Siberia came to Britain looking for disciples to follow him up a mountainside. Candida Crewe was intrigued A 41-year-old man dressed in a coarse, red velvet robe with scratchy gold braid takes his seat on a fine purple banquette in the Groucho Club. He wears thick socks under his sandals and carefully combs his long flowing hair before sitting down. He smiles beatifically and speaks very slowly and quietly, in Russian. Even by the Groucho's standards, he looks unusual. Asked how he would like to be addressed, he insists, calmly, that he doesn't mind....
  • Monk sets himself on fire in northwest China

    03/16/2014 10:47:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 16, 2014 5:30 AM EDT
    A monk set himself on fire Sunday in an ethnic Tibetan area of northwest China, the country’s official news agency reported. […] Qinghai neighbors Tibet. More than 100 people have self-immolated in Tibetan areas since 2009 to protest Chinese restrictions on Buddhism and denigration of the Tibetans’ spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, who lives in India. …
  • Dalai Lama gets ice from Obama, warmth from conservatives [O opposes independence from China]

    02/23/2014 6:17:50 PM PST · by grundle · 39 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | February 22, 2014 | Neil Munro
    The Dalai Lama got a frosty closed-door reception from President Barack Obama Feb. 21, one day after he got a public bear-hug from the conservative American Enterprise Institute. The world’s most famous Buddhist returned the conservatives’ respect by offering a compliment for the AEI’s civic-minded capitalism. “After to listen [sic] yesterday and to the presenters today, I developed more respect about capitalism,” the Dalai Lama told AEI president Arthur Brooks Feb. 20 during a friendly panel discussion on “happiness, free enterprise, and human flourishing.” The president forced the Dalai Lama to pay a price for the United States’ tepid and...
  • UN: Myanmar Buddhists killed more than 40 Muslims

    01/24/2014 8:48:58 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 24, 2014 10:24 AM EST | Robin McDowell
    The United Nations has confirmed that at least 48 Muslims appear to have been killed when Buddhist mobs attacked a village in an isolated corner of western Myanmar, violence that has been vehemently denied by the government since it was first reported by The Associated Press just over a week ago. Presidential spokesman Ye Htut said he “strongly objects” to the U.N. claims and called its information and figures “totally wrong.” A statement issued Friday by Myanmar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said accounts of the events issued by news organizations and international agencies were “based on unjustified conclusions drawing from...
  • Overcoming Lust as a Buddhist

    12/06/2013 4:11:32 PM PST · by EscondidoSurfer · 9 replies
    Overcoming-Lust.com ^ | 12-06-2013 | Jim Vander Spek
    A goal of Buddhism is to “renounce” or overcome lust. So much so, that the most fervent Buddhists live as celibate monks. Their hope is to eventually enter Nirvana, a state where they expect to “extinguish all desires”—not just lust. Buddhists are correct. Evil desires are to blame for our troubles.....
  • Buddhist assassin at Navy Yard prompts debate about stereotype of peaceful faith

    09/18/2013 3:12:41 AM PDT · by markomalley · 98 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/18/2013 | Michelle Boorstein and Elizabeth Tenety
    In the aftermath of the Navy Yard shootings, gunman Aaron Alexis’s interest in Buddhism seemed at odds with conventional Western stereotypes of blissed-out meditators. Buddhism scholars and bloggers were quick to note that Alexis’ spiritual profile didn’t fit with the image of someone unloading a gun and killing 12 innocents in a crowded military office building. Yet some saw a chance to challenge the peaceful stereotype and unveil some topics Buddhists discuss amongst themselves. Is the peaceful Buddhist an illusion? Do Buddhists and Buddhist temples deal directly enough with the topic of mental illness? And in fact might Buddhism in...
  • [Navy Yard] Gunman claimed he had 'anger issues' after rescuing victims of 9/11...

    09/16/2013 8:38:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | September 16, 2013 | Various Staff
    The Washington Navy Yard gunman who killed 12 today has previously claimed to be suffering from PTSD after helping rescue efforts in New York following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Gunman Aaron Alexis was shot dead by responding officers after he opened fire inside a Navy facility around 8am on Monday morning. Since he was identified as the shooter, reports have come out revealing that it was not the first time that he was involved in a shooting. In 2004, he was arrested in Seattle for shooting the tires of someone's car during an anger-fueled 'blackout'. 'He said that he didn’t...
  • Our Faith in Science (If science proves Buddhism wrong, then Buddhism will have to change)

    07/17/2013 11:40:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    New York Times ^ | 11/12/2005 | TENZIN GYATSO, 14th Dalai Lama
    SCIENCE has always fascinated me. As a child in Tibet, I was keenly curious about how things worked. When I got a toy I would play with it a bit, then take it apart to see how it was put together. As I became older, I applied the same scrutiny to a movie projector and an antique automobile. At one point I became particularly intrigued by an old telescope, with which I would study the heavens. One night while looking at the moon I realized that there were shadows on its surface. I corralled my two main tutors to show...
  • Protestors march against TIME

    07/06/2013 7:31:52 AM PDT · by csvset · 8 replies
    Myanmar Times ^ | 02 July 2013 | Kayleigh Long
    Protestors converged on Yangon's downtown area on Sunday, June 30, marching in a show of opposition to TIME magazine's July cover story, 'The Face of Buddhist Terror'. Protestors march in downtown Yangon on June 30. Photo: Kayleigh LongProtestors march in downtown Yangon on June 30. Photo: Kayleigh Long Protestors converged on Yangon's downtown area on Sunday, June 30, marching in a show of opposition to Time magazine's July cover story, 'The Face of Buddhist Terror'. A crowd of several hundred sporting banners, placards and Buddhist flags participated in the march from near Sule Pagoda in Yangon, protesting TIME magazine's cover...
  • Dalai Lama: No More ‘Wolf in Monk’s Robes’?

    06/27/2013 11:21:25 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    New York Times ^ | 6/27 | By DIDI KIRSTEN TATLOW
    Updated Is a little bit of fresh air blowing in Tibet after more than two decades of rigid policies by Beijing, and recently, around 120 self-immolations by Tibetans protesting those policies? Maybe. (An ongoing, rare visit to Tibet by the United States ambassador to China, Gary Locke, is also piquing interest.) Here are some startling comments about a possible loosening of policy, from Tsering Namgyal, a writer and journalist based in New York, writing in Asia Sentinel earlier this week (Mr. Namgyal was citing the Tibetan language website Khabda.org.) “In an abrupt and unexpected reversal of policy, Chinese government officials...
  • Myanmar monk lashes out at Time magazine

    06/21/2013 5:42:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 21, 2013 8:05 AM EDT
    Upon seeing his photo splashed across the cover of Time magazine with the words “Face of Buddhist Terror,” Myanmar’s most-talked-about monk was unfazed, saying no amount of bad publicity could hurt him. The 46-year-old is accustomed to—even flattered by—the foreign reporters who steadily parade through his monastery in the city of Mandalay to ask about religious violence that has swept his predominantly Buddhist nation in the last year—fueled in no small part by his anti-Muslim rhetoric. …
  • Radical Buddhism Ascendant in Myanmar

    06/20/2013 4:36:36 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 29 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 20, 2013 | Adam Dean
    After a ritual prayer atoning for past sins, Ashin Wirathu, a Buddhist monk with a rock-star following in Myanmar, sat before an overflowing crowd of thousands of followers and launched into a rant against what he called the “enemy” — the country’s Muslim minority. Ashin Wirathu denies any role in riots in which Buddhist mobs have killed more than 200 Muslims and forced more than 150,000 people, mostly Muslims, from their homes. But his critics say that at the very least his anti-Muslim preaching is helping to inspire the violence.
  • Decline of Buddhism in Thailand

    05/24/2013 9:30:31 PM PDT · by TexGrill
    PBS ^ | 05/24/2013 | Lucky Severson
    MUMBAI: Relying excessively on central banks to bring real growth back is "illusory" as low interest rates would not help overcome the structural imbalances plaguing global economies, Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Tarman Shanmugaratnam today said. "It is the fiscal imbalances arising out of negative real interest rates and lack of investments in infrastructure that are holding back the global economy. "Relying too much and too long on central banks, as has been the case since the 2008 crisis, to bring growth back is an illusory measure," Shanmugaratnam, who is also the finance minister of Singapore, said in...
  • Why are Buddhist monks attacking Muslims?

    05/06/2013 4:06:25 PM PDT · by ifinnegan · 107 replies
    BBC ^ | May 1, 2013 | Alan Strathern
    First paragraph excerpt: Of all the moral precepts instilled in Buddhist monks the promise not to kill comes first, and the principle of non-violence is arguably more central to Buddhism than any other major religion. So why have monks been using hate speech against Muslims and joining mobs that have left dozens dead?
  • Israeli boy lives in Thailand monastery

    04/22/2013 7:48:07 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 19 replies
    Ynet News ^ | 20 Feb 2013 | Itamar Eichner
    Israeli tourists visiting a shrine in Bangkok were shocked when a child, dressed in an orange Buddhist monk's robe, approached them and began speaking in perfect Hebrew. The 12-year-old Israeli boy has been staying in a monastery in northern Thailand, and has no idea until when he will remain there. When asked whether he wanted to be taken back home, he answered: "I told everyone already, it's fine, I'm used to it." The story was revealed on Tuesday by Israel's Channel 2 TV, which aired the tourists' conversation with the child. According to an inquiry by the Foreign Ministry, the...
  • Tiger Woods Fails to Prove Himself a ‘Better Man’

    04/13/2013 11:55:14 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 100 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | April 13, 2013 | JP
    I’m a huge Tiger Woods fan. That’s why it pains me that he continues to do damage to his once-nearly-pristine image. Having recently reclaimed his sport’s ranking as World No. 1 – as the Euros put it – Tiger flew this week to Augusta, Georgia as the favorite to win the Masters. He acquitted himself rather well the tourney’s first two days, save for a mishap yesterday on the 15th hole. He hit an approach shot to the green that, as bad luck would have it, ricocheted off the flag pole and careened into the creek. After taking a “drop”...
  • Sri Lanka police stand by as Buddhist extremists attack Muslim-owned store

    03/30/2013 6:12:20 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 39 replies
    France 24 ^ | 29/03/2013
    Police in front of a Muslim-owned clothing store's warehouse in Colombo, Sri Lanka, after it was attacked by a mob. An angry mob of hundreds of people, led by Buddhist monks, attacked a warehouse belonging to a Muslim-owned clothing chain in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo on Thursday. This comes as Buddhist hardliners ramp up their campaigns against Muslims’ lifestyles. The scene was eerily reminiscent of attacks on Muslim-owned stores throughout the past week in Burma. One video shows a monk throwing a rock at a security camera in front of the warehouse, as policemen look on and the mob erupts...
  • Iran confiscates Buddha statues from shops

    02/17/2013 8:12:05 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 17, 2013 4:23 AM EST
    An Iranian newspaper is reporting that government authorities are confiscating Buddha statues from shops in Tehran to stop the promotion of Buddhism in the country. … Iran has long fought against items, such as Barbie dolls and Simpsons cartoon characters, to defuse Western influence, but this appears to be the first time that Iranian authorities are showing an opposition to symbols from the East. …
  • As Self-Immolations Approach 100, Some Tibetans Are Asking if It Is Worth It

    02/02/2013 5:03:01 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 65 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 2, 2013 | By JIM YARDLEY
    NEW DELHI — A crowd of Tibetans came here to India’s capital last week, bearing flags and political banners and a bittersweet mixture of hope and despair. A grim countdown was under way: The number of Tibetans who have set themselves on fire to protest Chinese rule in Tibet had reached 99, one short of an anguished milestone. Yet as that milestone hung over the estimated 5,000 Tibetans who gathered in a small stadium, so did an uncertainty about whether the rest of the world was paying attention at all. In speeches, Tibetan leaders described the self-immolations as the desperate...
  • Italian Parliament Grants Offical Recognition to Hinduism and Buddhism

    12/19/2012 4:22:34 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 5 replies
    Hinduism Today Magazine ^ | December 15, 2012 | articolotre.com and Hindu Press International,
    Italy, December 14, 2012 (articolotre.com): [HPI notes: This article is a translation of the original Italian language article. The Hindu population of Italy is at least five times greater than the number mentioned here.] A new milestone for religious freedom and equality between religions in Italy: The parliament has finally approved an agreement with the Italian Hindu Union (Sanatana Dharma Sangha) and the Italy Buddhist Union. These religions will now have the ability to open schools and have access to limited state funding. Article 8 of our Constitution provides for freedom for all religions that do not conflict with Italian...
  • Rioting Muslims torch Buddhist temples in Bangladesh

    09/30/2012 5:54:27 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/30/2012 | Rick Moran
    It's OK - a Buddhist insulted Islam so, of course, the Buddhists must pay. Reuters: Hundreds of Muslims in Bangladesh burned at least four Buddhist temples and 15 homes of Buddhists on Sunday after complaining that a Buddhist man had insulted Islam, police and residents said. Members of the Buddhist minority in the Cox's Bazar area in the southeast of the country said unidentified people were bent on upsetting peaceful relations between Muslims and Buddhists. Muslims took to the streets in the area late on Saturday to protest against what they said was a photograph posted on Facebook that insulted...
  • Buddha tree alive and healthy at age 2,500

    07/22/2012 6:21:13 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 34 replies
    UPI ^ | 07/20/12
    Published: July 20, 2012 at 5:54 PM BODH GAYA, India, July 20 (UPI) -- The 2,500-year-old tree under which Gautama Buddha is believed to have attained enlightenment is alive and healthy, Indian scientists said Thursday. The Bodhi tree, a large Sacred Fig (Ficus religiosa,) is in Bodh Gaya in India's eastern state of Bihar, about 60 miles from the state capital of Patna. "The Bodhi tree is fully healthy," Subhash Nautiyal of the Forest Research Institute in India's northern state of Uttarakhand said. Nautiyal and colleagues examined the tree after removing the cement slabs around its base, China's Xinhua News...
  • Tiger Woods Needs to Get Right With God

    05/05/2012 1:11:18 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 25 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | May 5, 2012 | JP
    Tiger Woods failed to make the cut yesterday at the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, N.C. – the second straight year he has done so. It is the first time in his otherwise illustrious pro career he has missed the cut at the same event more than once. Tiger attributed his failure to make the weekend in Charlotte to swing changes he has been working on with his coach Sean Foley. But I don’t think it has anything to do with swing changes. I believe Tiger’s on-the-course struggles – not only this week, but the past two years – have...
  • Maldives: Islamists Storm National Museum, Destroy Entire Collection of 12th Century Buddhist

    02/12/2012 11:30:01 AM PST · by Nachum · 62 replies · 1+ views
    Weasel Zippers ^ | 2/12/12 | zip
    (AFP) — At the Maldives’ National Museum, smashed Buddhist statues are testament to the rise of Islamic extremism and Taliban-style intolerance in a country famous as a laid-back holiday destination. On Tuesday, as protesters backed by mutinous police toppled president Mohamed Nasheed, a handful of men stormed the Chinese-built museum and destroyed its display of priceless artifacts from the nation’s pre-Islamic era. “They have effectively erased all evidence of our Buddhist past,” a senior museum official told AFP at the now shuttered building in the capital Male, asking not to be named out of fear for his own safety. “We...
  • The Budist is a Christian. Y

    11/07/2011 12:51:06 AM PST · by Love Wisdom Truth · 64 replies
    The Budist is a Christian. You won't find much difference in Budism with that of Christianity. Buda preached accepting sufferings calmly, so did Christ. That's what Beinsa Douno said in regards to Budism. Any budists coming here on this forum?
  • Religion claims its place in Occupy Wall Street

    10/23/2011 1:44:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | October 23, 2011 | Jay Lindsay and Karen Matthews
    Downtown Dewey Square is crammed with tents and tarps of Occupy Boston protesters, but organizers made sure from the start of this weeks-old encampment that there was room for the holy. No shoes are allowed in the "Sacred Space" tent here, but you can bring just about any faith or spiritual tradition. A day's schedule finds people balancing their chakras, a "compassion meditation" and a discussion of a biblical passage in Luke. Inside, a Buddha statue sits near a picture of Jesus, while a hand-lettered sign in the corner points toward Mecca....
  • The Jesse Lee Peterson Radio Show! Uniting the Races with Truth Instead of Dividing them with Lies!

    06/29/2011 5:36:42 PM PDT · by abigail2 · 10 replies
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  • Buddhist scripture found engraved in Chinese cave

    06/14/2011 4:11:28 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    Yahoo India ^ | Sunday, June 12, 2011 | Indo Asian News Service
    An unfinished Buddhist scripture dating to around 386 A.D. has been found engraved on a cave wall in China. Archaeological workers discovered the scripture in northern China's Hebei province, Xinhua reported. The scripture - named the Lotus Sutra - was found in a cave in Xiangtangshan region, an official said. It is believed to have been created during the Northern Dynasties (386 to 581 A.D.), but was not finished, the official said. 'We'll probe into the reason why the work was halted,' he added. The Xiangtangshan area includes 16 caves and over 450 cliffside sculptures. It came under state protection...
  • Penn & Teller: Dalai Lama and Tibet (Dalai Lama, not quite the saint).

    06/10/2011 9:20:15 AM PDT · by Sonny M · 20 replies
    Youtube ^ | Unknown | Penn and Teller
    Even though Penn and Teller are atheists, they don't spare any religion, or religious figures, and the Dalai Lama is no different, also a nice summery of why no one should be surprised that the Dalai Lama is a marxist. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYEOSCIOnrs
  • Comparing Christianity and the New Paganism

    05/09/2011 11:11:10 AM PDT · by bronxville · 99 replies
    Integrated Catholic Life ^ | March 10, 2011 | Dr. Peter Kreeft
    Comparing Christianity and the New Paganism The most serious challenge for Christianity today isn't one of the other great religions of the world, such as Islam or Buddhism. Nor is it simple atheism, which has no depth, no mass appeal, no staying power. Rather, it's a religion most of us think is dead. That religion is paganism — and it is very much alive. Paganism is simply the natural gravity of the human spirit, the line of least resistance, religion in its fallen state. The "old" paganism came from the country. Indeed, the very word "paganism" comes from the Latin...
  • China Reform Monitor - ChiComs surround 2500 Tibetan monks

    04/27/2011 11:49:38 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 9 replies · 1+ views
    AFPC China Reform Monitor ^ | 4/27/2011 | Joshua Eisenman, ed.
    Chinese security forces continue to surround the Kirti Tibetan monastery in Sichuan after local residents tried to stop them from arresting the 2,500 monks holed up inside. The standoff began earlier this week, when hundreds of people living in Sichuan's Aba region converged on the monastery determined to stop police from removing the monks for reeducation. The monks could soon face food shortages because they depend on offerings from locals, the Voice of America reports. A U.S. State Department spokesman said the U.S. is concerned about China's actions in Aba, which it called it inconsistent with the internationally recognized principles...
  • New World Order, New Age Religion

    03/12/2011 2:58:25 PM PST · by betty boop · 887 replies · 2+ views
    self/vanity | March 12, 2011 | Jean F. Drew
    New World Order, New World Religion By Jean F. Drew     Executive Summary: Our thesis is the New World Order needs a “new age” religion to back it up. “Old age” religions obligate their followers to a moral code ill-suited to “new age” progressivist designs and purposes. So people worldwide need to be “re-trained” in the spirituality department. Perhaps a clue as to what sort of training this would be can be found at the United Nations itself. The U.N. has chartered two NGOs — World Goodwill and Lucis Trust — which serve as advisors to various U.N....
  • 'Buddha' gives Rush Limbaugh lesson on being nice

    02/06/2011 4:09:55 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies · 2+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | February 4, 2011 | Kathy Shaidle
    Rush Limbaugh and Adolph Hitler get mentioned together a lot by "progressives," but this latest example tops them all. Two New Age practitioners writing for The Huffington Post speculate on "What Buddha Might Say to Rush Limbaugh." After explaining that even Hitler must be forgiven if one wishes to attain enlightenment, the authors add in the very next paragraph: "Fast forward and apply this teaching to Rush Limbaugh. We can see his ignorance (it's pretty unavoidable) and hope that he'll become aware of the suffering he is causing and the ignorance he is perpetuating. We can hope that he'll change...
  • Free Tibet? Human Rights and Eastern Thought (Borrowing Worth from the Judeo-Christian Worldview)

    02/04/2011 9:26:47 AM PST · by SeanG200 · 5 replies
    Religio-Political Talk (RPT) ^ | 2-4-2011 | Papa Giorio
    ..... It is laughable that some defend this doctrine tooth and nail. However, if really believed, they would come to realize there is no real good or evil! The Inquisitions, the Mumbai terror killings at the hands of Muslims, as examples, were merely the outgrowth of the victim’s previous karmic lives. Therefore, when those here defend karmic destiny in other posts speak of the horrible atrocities committed by religion, they are not consistently living out their philosophy of life and death, which are illusory. The innocent victims of the Inquisitions, terror attacks, tsunamis, or Crusades then are merely being paid...
  • Fast forward into trouble (A culture barely changed in centuries is bombarded by 46 cable channels)

    06/18/2003 8:05:44 AM PDT · by Int · 9 replies · 133+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | Saturday June 14, 2003 | Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy
    Fast forward into troubleFour years ago, Bhutan, the fabled Himalayan Shangri-la, became the last nation on earth to introduce television. Suddenly a culture, barely changed in centuries, was bombarded by 46 cable channels. And all too soon came Bhutan's first crime wave - murder, fraud, drug offences. Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy report from a country crash-landing in the 21st century Saturday June 14, 2003The GuardianApril 2002 was a turbulent month for the people of Bhutan. One of the remotest nations in the world, perched high in the snowlines of the Himalayas, suffered a crime wave. The 700,000 inhabitants of...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 12-19-10 ("Tibetan Prophecy Shared With Hopi people")

    12/19/2010 6:12:41 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 35 replies · 4+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies | December 19, 2010 | DUmmies and PJ-Comix
    Remember the HOPI ELDERS? Well, they're baaaack and this time they are fortified with 1200 year old Tibetan Prophecy. I don't know about the Hopis but it wouldn't surprise me a bit if the ancient Tibetans had predicted a bizarre tribe called the Dopis who posted this laughable THREAD titled, "Att: DU Buddhists - Tibetan Prophecy Shared With Hopi people." So let us now watch the DUmmies be awed once again by Hopi and Change in Bolshevik Red while the commentary of your humble correspondent, donning his Billy Jack hat, is in the [brackets]: Att: DU Buddhists - Tibetan...
  • Buddhism and Violence (Does the Buddhist concept of “emptiness” guarantee a peaceful religion?)

    11/28/2010 4:43:55 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies · 2+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 11/28/2010 | Martin E. Marty
    Buddhism and Islam came off as the two “faith communities” to whom other Americans feel least warm, according to a Faith Matters survey of 2007. Robert Putnam and David Campbell ponder this in American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us, which Sightings has visited twice before. Mormons come in third as a stimulator of “least warm” feelings among others. The authors comment that negative media attention hurts Mormons and Muslims, but “Buddhists do not get the same negative media attention” as do those two. So something else must account for the negative ratings of Buddhism. Reach for your search...
  • 1,800-yr-old Buddha statue excavated

    10/21/2010 8:06:40 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    Deccan Chronicle ^ | October 8th, 2010 | unattributed
    The state archaeology department has found a limestone statue of Gautam Buddha that dates back to at least 1,800 years. "It was a chance discovery," said the director of archaeology and museums, Prof. P. Chenna Reddy. The limestone statue from the second century CE was discovered at Chada village in the Atmakur mandal of Nalgonda district when labourers were tilling the fields. In addition to the idol, Buddhist sculptural panels and a few large bricks were also unearthed. "The finds reveal the existence of a new Buddhist site in the Telangana region. This evidence adds to the cluster of Buddhist...
  • Steven Seagal Lawman

    10/06/2010 8:35:36 PM PDT · by Cindy · 41 replies · 1+ views
    AETV.com - A & E ^ | unknown | n/a
    SNIPPET: "His movies have grossed more than $2 billion worldwide. He is an expert martial artist with a 7th-degree black belt in Aikido. He's considered to be in the same class of action hero as Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. However, Steven Seagal isn't just an action hero in the movies. For almost 20 years, Seagal has been working as a fully commissioned deputy with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office in Louisiana. In addition to going out on patrol, Seagal is an expert marksman who has worked with their SWAT team and has instructed Jefferson Parish officers in firearms and...
  • Jade Buddha Attracts Thousands in San Jose

    09/26/2010 11:57:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 09/26/2010 | Joe Rodriguez
    Between processions of nuns and monks leading chants and prayers, tens of thousands of Buddhists have come to a warehouse in San Jose to pray before the Jade Buddha and pose before the popular statue for family snapshots. "I came here to just pray for good things to happen, especially to the community of San Jose," Pauline Bui said Sunday morning at the makeshift temple. "It's for universal peace. That's what this Buddha is for." A financial analyst who lives in San Jose, Bui has brought her mother and two children six or seven times. On a previous visit, she...