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Blind spot in Buddhist studies

by Eisel Mazard, New Mandala, December 17, 2014

Hong Kong, China -- I recently spoke with a professor who was inviting me to join a graduate level program. When he asked what I’d like to write a thesis about, I gave an honest and unrehearsed answer: “Well, I’m open-minded, but I want all of my research to really be connected to political and economic reality.”

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Dalai Lama concedes he may be the last

BBC, 17 December 2014

"Whether the institution of the Dalai Lama should continue or not is up to the Tibetan people" - The Dalai Lama

Dharmsala, India -- Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has said he realises that he may be the last to hold the title.

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What are Myanmar’s Buddhist Sunday schools teaching?

by Matthew J Walton, East Asia Forum, 16 December 2014

Oxford, UK -- A Buddhist monk sits in front of a classroom of children in a small town in rural Myanmar. He chants lines which the students dutifully repeat, as they do every week at these Buddhist ‘Sunday school’ classes. The monk teaches Buddhist values, regales students with stories of the Buddha’s previous lives, and talks about Myanmar’s history as a Buddhist nation.

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Racism isn’t the problem

by Brad Warner, The Buddhist Channel, Dec 2, 2014

San Francisco, CA (USA) -- Some people probably won’t read past the headline of this article before they start telling me that we don’t live in a post-racial world, that just because Barrack Obama is black doesn’t mean we’ve solved all our racial problems in America, that white privilege is real and all the rest of it. But I’m standing by that statement.

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Female Monks Challenge Buddhism’s Misogynistic Tendencies

by Mark Hay, Good, November 2014

Bangkok, Thailand -- Many in the Thai state, clergy, and mainstream population are in a tizzy over one woman named Dhammananda. As a Bhikkuni, a Theravada Buddhist nun, she’s raised hackles for much of the past decade by attempting to reestablish the Bhikkuni lineage in Thailand.

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