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Love Religion, but Hate Intolerance? Try Buddhism

by Tom Jacobs, Pacific Standard, Feb 19, 2015

New research finds that, unlike those of monotheistic faiths, Buddhist concepts do not inspire prejudice toward outsiders.

San Francisco, CA (USA) -- Does religion do more harm than good? Considerable research suggests the answer depends upon the type of “good” you are considering. Many studies have linked religiosity with mental and physical health, as well as a stronger tendency to help those around you. Others have found it inspires prejudice against perceived outsiders.

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The Later Buddhist Logic on Causation (Pratityasamutpada)

by Aik Theng Chong, The Buddhist Channel, Feb 13, 2014

Singapore -- The usual realistic view of causation implies the simultaneous existence of two things of which one operate in producing the other. Cause and effect must exist simultaneously at least during some of the time. To the realist, the potter and the pot exist simultaneously.

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Senses Perception – The Interpretation of the Logical School

by Aik Theng Chong, The Buddhist Channel, Feb 4, 2015

Singapore -- In early Buddhism, the origin of a perception was explained as an interdependent between three elements; an external object, a sense organ and pure consciousness. This produces a sensation resulting in the formation of an image, concept or a judgment by the element of conception. The element of pure consciousness is present in all cognition. It is the sixth sense organ. The mind/intellect is a part of this organ.

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Khyentse Rinpoche: Lesbians probably reach enlightenment first

By Darren Wee, Gay Star News, 3 February 2015

Famous Lama compares sexual orientation to liking different cheeses

Timphu, Bhutan -- A Bhutanese lama has said that homosexuality does not affect one's understanding of Buddhism and that lesbians probably reach enlightenment before anyone else.

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What is Right Speech (samma vaca)

The Buddhist Channel, Jan 15, 2015

The Buddha divides right speech into four components: abstaining from false speech, abstaining from slanderous speech, abstaining from harsh speech, and abstaining from idle chatter. Because the effects of speech are not as immediately evident as those of bodily action, its importance and potential is easily overlooked.

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Towards a better me at a Buddhist retreat

by Cynthia Karena, Sydney Morning Herald, January 11, 2015

Melbourne, Australia -- The hardest thing about doing a month-long spiritual retreat is not the 6am starts but the inner journey, looking in the mirror at your inner self. And sometimes it's not a pretty reflection.

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