Dzongzar Kyentse Rinpoche rips the west over hypocritical treatment of Aung San Suu Kyi

The Buddhist Channel, Nov 24, 2018

Timphu, Bhutan -- Renowned Tibetan Buddhism teacher Dzongzar Kyentse Rinpoche has let ripped western institutions over what he calls as "blatant double standards" over their treatment of Aung San Suu Kyi, the first and incumbent State Counsellor of Myanmar, a position akin to a prime minister. His complaints were over the spate of withdrawals of international awards to the Burmese politician, such as those from Amnesty International as well as honorary citizenship from Canada.


Buddhism as the Official National Religion of Thailand

by Aik Theng Cheong, The Buddhist Channel, April 9, 2018

Singapore -- Buddhist scholar Suraphot Thaweesak warns that a bid to enshrine Buddhism as the national religion would increase the kind of extremism that French journalist Arnaud Dubus writes about in his recently book “Buddhism and Politics in Thailand.”


Why so many Americans think Buddhism is just a philosophy

By Pamela Winsfirled, The Conversation, January 22, 2018

North Carolina, USA -- In East Asia, Buddhists celebrate the Buddha’s death and entrance into final enlightenment in February. But at my local Zen temple in North Carolina, the Buddha’s enlightenment is commemorated during the holiday season of December, with a short talk for the children, a candlelight service and a potluck supper following the celebration.


Is Violation of the First Precept with Minimal Karmic Retribution Possible?

by Aik Theng Chong, The Buddhist Channnel, Nov 19, 2017

Singapore -- Myanmar’s most revered Buddhist leader gave a speech, which appeared to suggest that the killing of those who are not Buddhist could be justified on the grounds that they were not complete humans, or indeed humans at all.


Buddhism and Islam in Asia: A Long and Complicated History

By Akhilesh Pillalamarri, The Diplomat, October 29, 2017

Demography and history explain troubled attitudes toward Islam in Buddhist-majority Asian regions today.
New Delhi, India
-- A cursory glance at world news today may suggest that the fault-line where Buddhism and Islam meet in Asia is increasingly characterized by conflict between the two religions. Of course, in broadest sense, this is not true, as religions are made up of numerous individuals and leaders, who are generally of differing opinions.