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From days of yore to modern times: The spread of Buddhism

By Nandiyniy Ranasingha, Sunday Times, May 28, 2018

Sutta Central to be launched in Sri Lanka
Colombo, Sri Lanka
-- According to the great scholar monk Ven.Walpola Rahula Thera, Buddhism is neither a faith nor a belief ; it is a way of life. The way which is called the Noble Eightfold Path or the Middle Path.

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The Buddhist View of Kindness

by Wayne Codling, Vancouver Courier, May 12, 2018

Vancouver, Canada -- The mere fact that Buddhism exists is proof that harmlessness can be the root motivation of human life just as powerfully as the 'western' world's embrace of righteousness as the best metric. In the Buddhist world view it is more important to be kind than to be right. As our world gets smaller the need for wisdom about how to live together on the planet grows in urgency.

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Acer has made smart beads to help keep count of Buddhist mantras

By Shannon Liao, Wired, March 5, 2018

Taipei, Taiwan -- Taiwanese tech company Acer has made Buddhist prayer beads that can help keep track of recited mantras. The beads have a smart chip that tracks the number of times a mantra is repeated and displays the number on a smartphone app. (The chip senses how many times a user has rotated the beads through their hand. Each rotation marks one mantra.)

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Historians Discover Meditation Spread From Ancient China By Annoying Monk Who Wouldn’t Shut Up About How It Changed His Life

The Onion, Oct 13, 2017

NEW YORK, USA -- In a groundbreaking new study published Friday in The Journal Of East Asian Studies, a team of leading historians has proved that meditation originally spread from ancient China because a single, highly annoying monk went around telling everyone how much it had changed his life.

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Buddhism is my religion, not your decorations

by Lauren Piontko, The Temple News, 5 September 2017

People should take the time to learn about Buddhist symbols before using them as decoration.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA)
-- \As a freshman, I’ve spent the past few weeks getting used to my new home at the Edge and visiting other students’ dorm rooms. It’s been an exciting and eye-opening experience so far, but there is one issue I’d like to address.

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Spit It Out - The Essence Of Buddhist Desire

by Daniel Williams, Huffington Post UK, July 31, 2017

London, UK -- I have been away for a while. Away from civilisation (to an extent), technology, work, and news - all the stuff that tends to come with civilisation. Last year I ordained as a Buddhist monk for about six months and until the beginning of the year have been living in forests in small Kutis in Thailand. I think I learned a lot. Or maybe not. Rather, my experience only reinforced my previous prejudices towards Buddhism, which I would like to share with you.

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