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Did a senior Tibetan Buddhist leader's funeral plans fall foul of Himalayan power politics?

by Andrew Buncombe, The Independent, July 14, 2014



New Delhi, India
-- Two weeks ago, the remains of Shamar Rinpoche, a senior yet controversial Tibetan Buddhist teacher, were flown from Delhi to a monastery in north-east India where his coffin was met by brightly-dressed monks playing trumpets and cymbals.  More







Furor over Buddhist retreat center near Cazadero
BY GUY KOVNER, THE PRESS DEMOCRAT, July 19, 2014

Santa Rosa, CA (USA) -- Bright yellow flags flutter in the breeze over a large metal building in the coastal hills of northwest Sonoma County, miles from urban hubbub and lights. In Tibetan Buddhist tradition, the banners are supposed to release prayers for peace and compassion into the world.  More


A Buddhist Nun Becomes A Role Model for Women Empowerment
By Kalinga Seneviratne, IDN-InDepth News, July 12, 2014

SINGAPORE -- By ordaining women into the Sangha (order of Buddha’s disciples), Gautama Buddha 2500 years ago has placed women on an equal footing with men in India. But today in most Asian Buddhist countries nuns are fighting an uphill battle to be recognized as credible teachers of the Dhamma (Buddha’s teachings).  One Nepali woman may be unwittingly changing this perception by virtually singing the Dhamma.  More


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