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Buddhism and the World Crisis

by Prof Dr Damien Keown, The Buddhist Channel, May 29, 2015



In his keynote address at the opening of the United Nations Day of Vesak 2015, Prof Dr Damien Keown presents his view on how global crises can be turned into opportunities in the context of the ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) region


Bangkok, Thailand
-- While reflecting on the word ‘crisis’ I was reminded of a remark made by US President John F. Kennedy in a speech he gave in Indianapolis in 1959. The President said ‘The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word “crisis.” One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger - but recognize the opportunity.’ I don’t know if the President’s understanding of Chinese was accurate, but I would like to take those words as the inspiration for my comments.  More

 


Happy Vesak 2015 / 2558 B.E.
This year, Vesak is observed the world over as follows:

May 2: Myanmar  |  May 3: Cambodia, Malaysia and Sri Lanka
May 4: India, Nepal  |  May 14: South Korea (a.k.a. Buddha's Birthday)
May 25: China  | June 1: Indonesia, Laos, Singapore, Thailand
  


 

Buddhists find voice to the United Nations via UNDV  NEW
The Buddhist Channel, May 29, 2015

Bangkok, Thailand -- Some 5,000 delegates from over 80 countries are being gathered in Bangkok, Thailand to usher in the United Nations Day of Vesak (UNDV) from May 28-30, 2015. This year's edition, the 12th in the series is being hosted by Thailand, after Vietnam which played host last year. This year's theme is "Buddhism and World Crisis".  More


Monks and politics
by Ven Sujato, The Buddhist Channel, May 27, 2015
Perth, Australia -- In Thailand, the Sangha is governed by an act of Parliament. Frequently the monks have participated in street rallies, where the causes they are protesting was to ensure that the monks keep their privileges; I haven’t heard of Thai monks protesting on behalf of anyone else’s interests.  More


Myanmar Buddhists plan anti-boatpeople rally
AFP, 26 May 2015
YANGON, Myanmar -- Myanmar Buddhist nationalists vowed to protest against international pressure on the country to help boat people, a prominent monk said Tuesday, as humanitarian efforts to rescue desperate migrants stir festering anti-Muslim animosity.  More


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