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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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At least 26 Buddhist nuns expelled from their nunnery in Tibet

by Yeshe Choesang, The Tibet Post International, 17 November 2014

Dharamshala, India -- At-least 26 Buddhist nuns have been expelled from a Tibetan nunnery in eastern Tibet for their refusal to comply with new crackdons, after the Chinese government increased restrictions on religious practice.

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What If Meditation Isn’t Good for You?

by Jay Michaelson, The Daily Beast, Nov 1, 2014

Boston , MA (USA) -- The scholars and teachers responsible for the ‘mindfulness revolution’ gather for a landmark conference—and disagree about everything.

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The dangerous American myth of corporate spirituality

by Shawn Van Valkenburgh, Salon.com, Oct 26, 2014

How invocations of "karma" and Zen are being used to justify deeply unequal systems of power

New York, USA -- Recently, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella gave some shocking advice to a young businesswoman who was concerned that her male peers were passing her up for promotions: Don’t question the systemic sexism of corporate America, just trust in “good karma” to get you ahead. While his attitude made waves in the blogosphere, in fact it accurately represents a form of spirituality that is becoming popular in the West.

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Nobel laureate summit cancelled over Dalai Lama visa refusal

Mail and Guardian, 1 Oct 2014

Cape Town, South Africa -- A Cape Town summit of Nobel peace laureates has been cancelled after too many delegates pulled out over South Africa denying the Dalai Lama a visa.

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