Last rites performed for the late Sayadaw U Pandita
The Buddhist Channel, April 21, 2016
Yangon, Myanmar -- The last rites ceremony for the late Sayadaw U Pandita who passed away in Bangkok on April 16, 2016 was carried out yesterday at the main Dhamma Hall of Shwe Taung Gon Sasana Yeiktha. More
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FUNERAL OF THE LATE SAYADAW U PANDITA
LIVE FEEDS FROM BAGO PROVINCE, MYANMAR (April 22, 2016)
Cremating the remains of the late Sayadaw U Pandita, which began at 1 pm local time.
Ceremony was conducted in a meditative and reflective manner, befitting the character of a renowned meditation master.
The "turning of the body". Inspection of relics of the late Sayadaw will be carried out at 8.30 pm local time.
Thailand: Grim future for bhikkhuni under new constitution draft
by Sanitsuda Ekachai, The Bangkok Post, Apr 20, 2016
Bangkok, Thailand -- A case of arson at a bhikkhuni centre in Rayong is shocking. Although it is yet to be determined what caused it -- land conflicts, gender discrimination, or both -- it is clear that it is not easy being a female monk. And the next charter -- if it passes the referendum -- will not make it any easier. More
A Western Soto Zen Buddhist Statement on the Climate Crisis
The Buddhit Channel, April 22, 2016
Zen practitioners and teachers in Asia and in the West issues statement of "deep concern" with regards to climate emergency which will have grave effects on the fate of the earth, of our children, of their children, and all beings.
BERKELEY, CA (USA) -- This statement offers a Zen Buddhist perspective on the climate emergency, expressing deep concern and pointing towards actions to halt and reverse climate change. It is a first step. More