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  • Are Buddhists Violent?

    04/15/2009 10:01:58 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies · 755+ views
    Forbes ^ | 04.14.09 | Lawrence Osborne
    Like many former residents of Bangkok, I have been watching the country's slide into virtual civil war with a mixture of incredulity and tetchy disillusion. It is hard for us to think of one of the world's only truly Buddhist states descending into a chaotic thuggery that would, alas, be less remarkable elsewhere. But why? Is it because of misperceptions we have about Buddhism? Buddhist violence--or violence committed by Buddhists, more properly speaking--is a strained concept for us, to put it mildly. I can easily imagine being assaulted by an infuriated Christian or by a hysterically outraged jihadist, by a...
  • TEC’s first Buddhist bishop? (Anglican Open)

    03/26/2009 8:20:52 AM PDT · by mnehring · 25 replies · 907+ views
    It was good to hear some encouraging news from the Church of England, reported by Robert last week. However, little good seems to come from the The Episcopal Church (TEC) in USA. The Church of England Newspaper (27 February 2009) reported that the Anglican Communion’s first Anglican-Buddhist bishop was recently elected at a special convention of the Diocese of Northern Michigan. Concerns had been raised about the suitability of a professed Buddhist who said he had received Buddhist “lay ordination” and was “walking the path of Christianity and Zen Buddhism together” as well as the fact that he was the...
  • Lessons in Buddhism from an Iconoclastic Scholar (Buddhism Developed Corporation)

    02/26/2009 5:04:02 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 263+ views
    UCLA Today ^ | Ajay Singh
    In his Faculty Research Lecture on March 10, Gregory Schopen hopes to illuminate a little-known aspect of Buddhism: the fact that it was one of the earliest social organizations in India to develop what might be called a corporation.AS ONE OF the world's leading authorities on Buddhism, Gregory Schopen has shattered many myths, notably the notion that Buddhist monks in ancient India renounced money and property. While his painstaking research certainly helped Schopen demystify monasticism in the land of Buddhism's birth, he owes his remarkable academic success not so much to scholarship as to his grandfather, a cowboy in South...
  • China: Situation "very tense", unrest possible in Tibet: Dalai Lama(50th Anniv. of rebellion)

    02/12/2009 5:07:00 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 482+ views
    AFP ^ | 02/11/09
    Situation "very tense", unrest possible in Tibet: Dalai Lama AFP[Wednesday, February 11, 2009 23:00] BADEN BADEN, Germany - The Dalai Lama warned Wednesday of a fresh uprising in Tibet in the "very tense" run-up to the 50th anniversary of the failed rebellion against Chinese rule that prompted his flight into exile. "Today there is too much anger... The situation is very tense," said the 73-year-old Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader during a visit to the German spa town of Baden Baden. "At any moment there can be an outburst of violence," he told a group of journalists. "This is my worry...
  • Dalai Lama Stuns Audience... Admits: "I Love George Bush"

    01/18/2009 7:19:06 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 32 replies · 1,516+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | January 18, 2009 | Gateway Pundit
    He loves him. The Dalai Lama admits, "I love George Bush." Beeqube and ROP reported: The Dalai Lama, a lifelong champion of non-violence on Saturday candidly stated that terrorism cannot be tackled by applying the principle of ahimsa because the minds of terrorists are closed. "It is difficult to deal with terrorism through non-violence," the Tibetan spiritual leader said delivering the Madhavrao Scindia Memorial Lecture here. He also termed terrorism as the worst kind of violence which is not carried by a few mad people but by those who are very brilliant and educated.
  • Non-violence can't tackle terror: Dalai

    01/18/2009 11:43:04 AM PST · by Nachum · 37 replies · 759+ views
    Times of India ^ | 1/18/09 | staff
    NEW DELHI: The Dalai Lama, a lifelong champion of non-violence on Saturday candidly stated that terrorism cannot be tackled by applying the principle of ahimsa because the minds of terrorists are closed. "It is difficult to deal with terrorism through non-violence," the Tibetan spiritual leader said delivering the Madhavrao Scindia Memorial Lecture here. He also termed terrorism as the worst kind of violence which is not carried by a few mad people but by those who are very brilliant and educated. "They (terrorists) are very brilliant and educated...but a strong ill feeling is bred in them. Their minds are closed,"...
  • Sex invariably spells trouble, says Dalai Lama

    11/28/2008 10:15:52 PM PST · by woofie · 58 replies · 2,003+ views
    The Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual and temporal leader, on Friday said sex spelt fleeting satisfaction and trouble later, while chastity offered a better life and "more freedom." "Sexual pressure, sexual desire, actually I think is short period satisfaction and often, that leads to more complication," the Dalai Lama told reporters in a Lagos hotel, speaking in English without a translator. He said conjugal life caused "too much ups and downs. "Naturally as a human being ... some kind of desire for sex comes, but then you use human intelligence to make comprehension that those couples always full of...
  • Devotees flock to 'Buddha reincarnation' in Nepal

    11/13/2008 9:22:22 AM PST · by KerryOnNoMore · 10 replies · 807+ views
    Associated Press ^ | November 12, 2008 | BINAJ GURUBACHARYA
    RATANPUR, Nepal – The teenage boy revered by many as a reincarnation of Buddha sat silently in the jungle as he blessed his devotees Wednesday with a light tap on the head, which they consider the touch of the divine. His face was still, his long hair spilled over his white robe, and he never said a word. The followers of Ram Bahadur Bamjan, 18, believe he has been meditating without food and water since he was first spotted in the jungles of southern Nepal in 2005, when believers say he spent months without moving, sitting with his eyes closed...
  • Teen 'Reincarnation of Buddha' Draws Crowds (Obama's Nemisis Rising)

    11/12/2008 8:45:21 AM PST · by Scythian · 56 replies · 1,941+ views
    RATANPUR, Nepal — The teenage boy revered as a reincarnation of Buddha sat silently in the jungle as he blessed his devotees Wednesday with a light tap on the head, which they consider the touch of the divine. The followers of Ram Bahadur Bamjan, 18, believe he has been meditating without food and water since he was first spotted in the jungles of southern Nepal in 2005, when believers say he spent months without moving, sitting with his eyes closed beneath a tree. Where is your Obama now ...
  • Woman without hands or legs discovers ‘true joy’ after converting to Catholicism

    08/21/2008 7:49:14 AM PDT · by NYer · 56 replies · 1,160+ views
    CNA ^ | August 20, 2008
    Lucia Otgongerel (Photo credit: UCANews) Ulan Bator, Aug 20, 2008 / 09:03 pm (CNA).- Lucia Otgongerel was born in Mongolia 30 years ago without hands or legs.  She lived in a deep depression until 2002 when she converted to Catholicism and, as she explains, discovered “true joy.”  Today she works in the capital city of Mongolia, Ulan Bator, as a teacher for seven children with special needs.Now Lucia claims, “I could not live without my faith.”  She overcomes the challenges of her physical condition though an intense life of prayer: including the daily Rosary, meditations and study of the...
  • Dalai Lama’s Message Resonates (7,000 in Madison hear talk of unity, politics)

    07/21/2008 6:53:22 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 14 replies · 252+ views
    JSOnline ^ | July 19, 2008 | Tom Heinen
    Madison, WI - Seated cross-legged onstage in a large upholstered chair, one of the world's best-known religious leaders delivered his trademark messages of compassion, peace and unity with typical humor, verve and humility Saturday afternoon. In response to a written question from the audience about Tibetan culture being strong enough to still mount widespread demonstrations against Chinese rule this year, he also ventured into the political arena. “I want to make clear. We always respect the Chinese people, not the Chinese government,” he said, to loud applause, adding that the uprisings were pro-freedom, not anti-Chinese. For the more than 7,000...
  • Dalai Lama speaks at Lehigh's Stabler Arena [disagrees that Islam is militant]

    07/13/2008 9:39:31 PM PDT · by Brian S. Fitzgerald · 49 replies · 261+ views
    The Morning Call ^ | July 13, 2008 | Michael Duck
    "...During a question-and-answer session following the mostly lighthearted talk, he added that reaching out to other religions is the best way to combat violent religious extremism. "Sometimes in the West, [there is] some impression that Islam is something militant. Totally wrong," he said. "Since [the] Sept. 11 event, I try to reach out to Muslim brothers and sisters. ...They are wonderful -- Islamic people. Very warm-hearted. Very sensible," he said, adding that some Christians, Buddhists and Hindus are also extremists. "These few mischievous people cannot represent whole traditions," said the Dalai Lama, who will continue lecturing at Lehigh through Tuesday...
  • Killing the Buddha [debunking the political messiah]

    06/26/2008 11:51:58 PM PDT · by Uncle Ralph · 18 replies · 225+ views
    Ordinary Mind Zendo ^ | January 7, 2002 | Barry Magid
    [emphasis added --ed.] [N.B. "Kill the Buddha" is a metaphysical metaphor not to be construed as a literal. --ed.]   There's an old saying, "If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him." Who's that Buddha? What does it mean to "meet" the Buddha? What does killing the Buddha imply? The historical Buddha, Shakyamuni, on attaining enlightenment, is said to have realized that all beings, just as they are, are Buddhas. If that's so, meeting a Buddha on the road should be a pretty commonplace event! So should being a Buddha on the road! But that's where the word...
  • Superstitions about China Earthquake Worry Some

    05/16/2008 10:39:34 PM PDT · by robertvance · 13 replies · 446+ views
    TeachAbroadChina.com ^ | 5/16/2008 | Robert Vance
    “The earthquake happened on Buddha’s birthday,” a friend somberly explained to me yesterday. “I’m afraid that things in China are going to get worse. I have a bad feeling about our country right now.” She went on to explain that while Buddha has no power to create or stop such disasters, she felt that the occurrence of the earthquake on Buddha’s birthday was an ominous sign. My friend is only 25 years old but she is a follower of what she calls ‘Tibetan Buddhism.’ Her husband, who is also a Buddhist, encouraged her to practice the religion.
  • Luxury toilets for Shaolin Temple

    04/09/2008 8:54:30 PM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 5 replies · 59+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 4/9/08 | n/a
    The simple life of monks at China's famed Shaolin Temple got an upgrade with the installation of luxury toilets costing more than �200,000. Established about 1,500 years ago, the temple, in central China's Henan province, is famous for combining martial arts with Buddhism and is a popular tourist attraction. The most lavish of the new facilities measures more than 1,500 square feet and is equipped with a nappy changing station and a foyer with an LCD television.
  • Tibet: A Case Study in Atheist Rule

    04/09/2008 7:15:36 PM PDT · by Teófilo · 4 replies · 80+ views
    I've said it before and I'll say it again: it is hard not to be sympathetic to the travails of the people of Tibet. Annexed against their will almost 60 years ago, their culture destroyed, their self-determination trampled under foot, their freedoms curtailed, and their religion mocked, Tibet is a case study of what atheists do when they get to rule. Please, recall the infamous Maoist maxim: "Religion is poison." It is the same feeling echoed by the "bright" Neo-atheists such as Dawkins, Harris, Wilson, and their sycophant followers. The difference between these and the Maoists is that the latter...
  • Tibet: Monk-led protests show Buddhist activism

    03/30/2008 4:29:08 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies · 230+ views
    AP ^ | 03/30/08 | DENIS D. GRAY
    Monk-led protests show Buddhist activism By DENIS D. GRAY, Associated Press Writer Sun Mar 30, 1:38 AM ET Buddhist monks hurling rocks at Chinese in Tibet, or peacefully massing against Myanmar's military, can strike jarring notes. These scenes run counter to Buddhism's philosophy of shunning politics and embracing even bitter enemies — something the faith has adhered to, with some tumultuous exceptions, through its 2,500-year history. But political activism and occasional eruptions of violence have become increasingly common in Asia's Buddhist societies as they variously struggle against foreign domination, oppressive regimes, social injustice and environmental destruction. More monks and nuns...
  • The Bare Essentials of Buddhism: A Guide for Westerners

    03/26/2008 8:45:03 AM PDT · by tang0r · 42 replies · 1,008+ views
    The Prometheus Institute ^ | 3/26/2008 | Justin Hartfield
    There is much confusion in the Western world over the basic tenants of Buddhism. Many Westerners believe that Buddhism is -- a) a religion circulating around the worship of a portly Asian sage (often gilded or bronzed and meditating near the door of your favorite Chinese restaurant holding the mints and toothpicks), b) involving a lot of sitting in uncomfortable positions, and c) coldly atheistic or fancifully pantheistic (depending on which section of Wikipedia you consult) Of course, when inspected closer, these stereotypes and inadequate attempts of pigeonholing a religion that has neither formal creed nor “divine” teachings is absolutely...
  • China pours troops into Tibet (huge militay build-up)

    03/20/2008 6:27:02 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 17 replies · 790+ views
    Chinese paramilitary police unload equipment on a road on the outskirts of Hutiaoxia, southeast of Zhongdian, in China's Yunnan province Thursday March 20, 2008. Hundreds of paramilitary troops were setting up camp in the town, which is on the road to Zhongdian, a city in a Tibetan area of Yunnan known as Shangri-La. (AP Photo/Greg Baker) BEIJING (AFP) — Thousands of soldiers were seen in Lhasa on Thursday amid reports of a huge military build-up, as the Dalai Lama expressed fears China's crackdown on Tibetan protesters had caused many casualties. Long military convoys were on the move in Tibet while...
  • Tibetans seen forced to oppose Dalai Lama's return

    01/06/2008 5:12:51 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 13 replies · 64+ views
    Reuters ^ | January 6, 2007 | Benjamin Kang Lim
    Chinese authorities have been forcing Tibetans to sign a petition opposing the Dalai Lama's return, a London-based group said, in apparent retaliation for the award of a high U.S. honour to Tibet's spiritual leader. President George W. Bush gave the exiled god-king the Congressional Gold Medal in Washington in October, infuriating Beijing. It came on the heels of the Dalai Lama's reception by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in September. The Dalai Lama, 72, has lived in exile in India since fleeing his predominantly Buddhist homeland in 1959 after a failed uprising against Communist rule. Closed-door talks between Beijing and his...