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  • Former Khmer Rouge Leader Among Cambodia's New Christians

    05/20/2017 5:10:14 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    La Croix ^ | 5/20/17 | Ate Hoekstra
    Many Khmer Buddhists have become Christians "because they are looking for answers". Sok Sophon was a battle-hardened Khmer Rouge commander when he found Jesus. The now 63-year-old Cambodian was visiting a refugee camp when a wounded soldier gave him a Bible. At first, he was reluctant but did take it. Then after reading from the Bible the officer of the Pol Pot regime got interested and visited a church service. "I remember the first time I made a detour to get to the church," he says. "I didn't want people to know. I felt ashamed for going there." It took...
  • Kimura’s Crazed ‘Macbeth’ for Today

    02/10/2017 2:03:10 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    THE JAPAN TIMES ^ | JAN 24, 2017 | Nobuko Tanaka
    “When I was studying English literature at the University of Tokyo, even though I had no theater experience at all, I got the chance to direct ‘Macbeth,’ ” 33-year-old Ryunosuke Kimura explained when we met recently at a rehearsal studio in downtown Tokyo. “To start my research, I rented a video of ‘Ninagawa Macbeth’ — but I was amazed because it seemed entirely different from William Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth,’ ” he recalled. Indeed it was amazingly different, because the late Yukio Ninagawa set his 1980 masterpiece in samurai-era Japan, not medieval Scotland, and he also filled most of the stage with...
  • Buddhists Do Not Like Muslims

    02/04/2017 7:37:14 AM PST · by pinochet · 30 replies
    A story that has not received much attention, is the growing hostility towards Muslims by Buddhists in Thailand and Burma. After the killing of 20 Buddhist monks by Muslims, a leading Thai Buddhist monk called for Buddhists to defend themselves against Muslims http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/prominent-buddhist-monk/2497804.html
  • Anti-Muslim Buddhist monk in Myanmar: Trump 'similar to me'

    11/18/2016 1:06:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 17, 2016 | Joe Freeman
    MANDALAY, Myanmar (AP) -- Shunned by Myanmar's new government and its Buddhist hierarchy, a nationalist monk blamed for whipping up at times bloody anti-Muslim fervor said he feels vindicated by U.S. voters who elected Donald Trump to be president. Ashin Wirathu, a high-profile leader of the Myanmar Buddhist organization known as Ma Ba Tha, drew parallels between his views on Islam and those of the Republican president-elect. Trump's campaign was rife with anti-Muslim rhetoric and proposals that included banning Muslims from entering the country and heightening surveillance of mosques. The form his actual policies will take remains unclear.
  • ALERT! The Chinese are wiping out Tibet

    10/13/2016 5:17:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    rediff.com ^ | October 13, 2016 | Major General Mrinal Suman (retd)
    IMAGE: Activists dressed as Chinese soldiers and a Tibetan monk perform a street drama depicting the Tibetan uprising 52 years ago against Chinese rule. Photograph: Pichi Chuang/Reuters Tibet continues to be an enigma to all visitors. My two visits have been no different. One sees massive Chinese investment in road and railway infrastructure. Modern skyscrapers are coming up at a frenetic pace to house migrants from the mainland. Yet, Tibet presents a sight of a state under foreign siege. A deceptive calm hides the underlying tension. There is no cheer in the air. The story of Tibet is a saga...
  • The Kung Fu Nuns of Nepal

    08/14/2016 7:39:27 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 30 replies
    For centuries, Buddhist nuns have been banned from practicing the deadly martial art of kung fu, but a few years ago the Druk Amitabha Mountain nunnery in Nepal became the home of the world’s first first order of kung fu nuns. Traditionally, the inherently patriarchal Buddhist monastic system has nuns performing only the most meanial of domestic tasks, while the monks can lead prayers and occupy powerful positions. Nuns are perceived as inferior to monks and usually spend their time working in the kitchens and gardens of Buddhist monasteries. Learning ancient martial arts is definitely off limits for them, so...
  • Has anyone heard of Mukti Petroleum Inc.? Who owns it?

    07/17/2016 10:40:09 AM PDT · by EinNYC · 45 replies
    Local gas station sign | July 17, 2016 | Me, Myself, & I
    A local Citgo gas station recently changed into a "Mukti" gas station. I tried to do some research on Google to find out who Mukti is, but could not find out who really is behind that company. I suspect it is some Muzzie enterprise, and therefore I wouldn't touch it with a 10 ft. pole. Does any FReeper know anything about this company? Apparently it's quite local for the time being, hasn't gone national or even regional.
  • Islam's War Against Buddhism

    07/15/2016 2:42:53 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 15 replies
    Frontpage magazine ^ | April 04, 2007 | Dhammajarat
    “Allahu Akbar”! The tinny P.A. system tore asunder the pre-dawn peace and quiet. I was jolted in my mind, almost like experiencing a car wreck, suddenly and without any warning. This totally incongruous sound intruded upon and encompassed everything, causing even the birds to rustle in the darkness. It was just after 4 a.m. I was seated underneath the holy Maha Bodhi Tree in Bodh Gaya, in the state of Bihar in India. It was a few days past the full moon of May 2004, a few days past Veesak. This was my second visit to this unparalleled location, the...
  • Finding the lost art of Angkor Wat

    06/07/2014 8:30:03 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | Wednesday, June 4, 2014 | Australian National University
    Long-lost paintings have been discovered on the walls of Cambodia's ancient Angkor Wat temple, thanks to the keen observations of an Australian National University (ANU) researcher. The ancient paintings date back almost 500 years and depict deities, animals, boats and the temple itself, giving historians a new understanding of life in a relatively unknown period of Cambodia's history. Rock art researcher Noel Hidalgo Tan discovered the hidden images while working as a volunteer at an archaeological excavation in Angkor Wat during a university break in 2010... It was only when Tan enhanced the images on his computer that the paintings...
  • Buried relics uncovered at Angkor Wat.

    07/21/2002 1:43:44 PM PDT · by vannrox · 14 replies · 452+ views
    Pacnews, Agence France-Presse (AFP) ^ | 14:12:10 AEST | Editorial Staff
    Buried relics uncovered at Angkor Wat. Japanese archaeologists have made a rare underground find of relics at the temples of the Angkor Wat complex in Cambodia. The archaeology team comes from from Sophia University, a Jesuit school in Tokyo. It dug up 103 pieces of Buddhist statues in mid-March, at Banteay Kdei temple, one of the dozens of temples built near the northern Cambodian town of Siem Reap between the 9th and 14th centuries. The pieces likely date back to the Angkorian period from the reign of Jayavarman VII, who ruled at the end of the 12th century. Cambodian...
  • Archaeologists and geographers team to predict locations of ancient Buddhist sites [Ashoka's Edicts]

    05/31/2016 3:51:48 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    UCLA ^ | May 26, 2016 | Jessica Wolf
    For archaeologists and historians interested in the ancient politics, religion and language of the Indian subcontinent, two UCLA professors and their student researchers have creatively pinpointed sites that are likely to yield valuable transcriptions of the proclamations of Ashoka, the Buddhist king of northern India's Mauryan Dynasty who ruled from 304 B.C. to 232 B.C. In a study published this week in Current Science, archaeologist Monica Smith and geographer Thomas Gillespie identified 121 possible locations of what are known as Ashoka's "edicts." First they isolated shared features of 29 known locations of Ashokan edicts, which were found carved into natural...
  • Bhutan's dark secret to happiness (contemplating death)

    05/26/2016 9:36:43 PM PDT · by Cronos · 12 replies
    BBC ^ | 8 April 2015 | Eric Weiner
    ..I was having a panic attack.What I wanted to know was: why now – my life was going uncharacteristically well – and what could I do about it? “You need to think about death for five minutes every day,” Ura replied. “It will cure you.” “How?” I said, dumbfounded. “It is this thing, this fear of death, this fear of dying before we have accomplished what we want or seen our children grow. This is what is troubling you.” “But why would I want to think about something so depressing?” “Rich people in the West, they have not touched dead...
  • PHOTOS: Chinese Buddhist Monk Is Mummified And Covered In Gold

    05/05/2016 11:19:11 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    NPR ^ | April 28, 2016 | Merrit Kennedy
    In the southeastern Chinese city of Quanzhou, a well-known Buddhist monk named Fu Hou has been mummified and encased in gold leaf. According to The Associated Press, it's "a practice reserved for holy men in some areas with strong Buddhist traditions" and was done to honor Fu Hou's dedication to the religion. Li Ren, the Chongfu Temple's abbot, said that after the 94-year-old's death in 2012, "the monk's body was washed, treated by two mummification experts, and sealed inside a large pottery jar in a sitting position," according to the wire service. Video published by The Daily Telegraph showed the...
  • Islam's War Against Buddhism

    04/27/2016 6:00:47 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 14 replies
    Frontpage ^ | Wednesday, April 04, 2007 | Dhammajarat
    “Allahu Akbar”! The tinny P.A. system tore asunder the pre-dawn peace and quiet. I was jolted in my mind, almost like experiencing a car wreck, suddenly and without any warning. This totally incongruous sound intruded upon and encompassed everything, causing even the birds to rustle in the darkness.
  • Technology: Chinese Monks Use Robots and Social Media to Promote Buddhism

    04/09/2016 5:41:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Asia Times ^ | APRIL 9, 2016 | Carolina Diana
    China recently made global headlines when many of its restaurants sacked robot waiters. Apparently, the machines did not ‘handle’ customers well. The owners had to wake up to the reality that the robots lacked human touch and cannot replace human staff. Despite this setback, China continues to dream big in the robotics space. For the past two days, Chinese social media sites Weibo and WeChat were filled with images of Xian’er, a chubby monk who lives in Longquan Temple in Beijing. What’s interesting is that Xian’er is a robot. Like any other monk, he adorns a yellow robe. Interestingly, he...
  • In Whose God Do We Trust?

    03/17/2016 1:25:28 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 8 replies
    KSAL.com ^ | March 10, 2016 | Karen Shade
    According to Dr. Joel Mathews, the phrase "In God We Trust" was first printed on our coins in 1864 and on paper bills in 1957. It had been proposed that "Our Country, Our God, Our Trust" be used, but that was shortened to be able to stamp the motto onto coins. Kansas State University Polytechnic's March Civic Luncheon began with Kansas Weslyan University's Dr. Philip Meckley asking: o How can we look at comparative religious traditions? o How can we live with differences for the sake of our human community? Matthews, a K-State Polytechnic instructor, began the lecture by saying...
  • Buddhist Monk, Apparently Mistaken as Muslim, Attacked in Hood River

    03/10/2016 8:19:29 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    KVAL ^ | TUESDAY, MARCH 8TH 2016 | Stephen Mayer
    Kozen Sampson, a Buddhist monk and co-founder of the Trout Lake Abbey retreat, said he was attacked Monday during a visit to Hood River. He doesn't remember much, but says a man, who seemingly thought he was Muslim based on his clothing, attacked him for no reason. "I pulled over, someone ran up and yelled. I turned around, they kicked the door, hit me in the side of the face and knocked my head into the frame of the car," Sampson said. "I do remember [him yelling] an F bomb [about] Muslims, and that was it." But instead of anger...
  • Prominent Buddhist Monk Fans Anti-Muslim Sentiment in Thailand

    02/09/2016 2:26:02 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | 08 Feb 2016 | Panu Wongcha-um
    Bangkok-based Buddhist monk Maha Aphichat is among a growing group of Thai monks who feel their religion is under threat from Islam.Anti-Islamic sentiment is brewing in Thailand, spurred-on by Buddhist monks who feel that their religion is under threat from Islam. This fear mongering has been exacerbated by the ongoing political conflict within Thai Buddhism, the 12-year-old armed-insurgency in Thailand’s deep south, and the growing influence of Buddhist radicals in neighboring Myanmar. Bangkok-based Buddhist monk Maha Aphichat is unafraid of speaking his mind. The 30-year-old gained notoriety last October, after he urged Thai Buddhists on social media to burn down...
  • Conflicted portrait emerges of SoCal terrorists' pal, as possible charges loom

    12/10/2015 3:00:49 PM PST · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | December 10, 2015
    The friend who allegedly supplied the Southern California jihadist couple with the guns used in last week's terror attack and who sources said could soon be charged in connection with the case presented himself to friends as "laid back" but seemed to be in constant personal conflict. Enrique Marquez was married, but didn't live with his wife. He had converted to Islam but confided in a mosque worker that he wanted to become a Buddhist. He could be witty and laugh at himself, but often posted dejected missives on Facebook. And he was reportedly not a particularly pious Muslim and...
  • Dalai Lama says God will not help us in the wake of ISIS Paris attack because .......

    11/17/2015 11:22:07 PM PST · by dennisw · 47 replies
    dailymail ^ | 17 November 2015 | Julian Robinson
    Dalai Lama says God will not help us in the wake of ISIS Paris attack because 'humans have created this problem and we cannot solve it through prayers' Spiritual leader said there was 'no basis or justification for killing others' Said rise of suicide bombings could not be countered 'only through prayer' 80-year-old spoke out after terrorists murdered 129 people in Paris attacks The Tibetan spiritual leader said the rise of suicide bombings could not be countered 'only through prayers' and described the terrorists as 'short-sighted'. He spoke out after extremists went on the rampage through Paris in an attack...