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Brutal murder of Bangladeshi monk - letter form Buddhist Global Relief to Bangladesh

The Buddhist Channel, May 20, 2016

The Chair of Buddhist Global Relief, Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, has written to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh in regard to the brutal murder on May 14th of an elderly Buddhist monk. This is the text of his letter:

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China’s ancient Buddhist grottoes face a new threat - tourists

By Simon Denyer, The Washington Post, May 16, 2016

Dunhuang, China -- At the heart of the ancient Silk Road, on the edge of the Gobi Desert, lies a centuries-old place of pilgrimage: hundreds of caves hewn from a sandstone cliff containing some of the most exquisite Buddhist frescoes and figures in the world.

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Buddha in a diplomatic jam: Nepal-China take on India over Buddhist heritage

by Bharat Bhushan, Catchnews, 11 May 2016

Kathmandu, Nepal -- Suspecting a Chinese hand in an international Buddhist conference in Kathmandu (19-20 May) to be followed by the 2560th Buddha Jayanti celebrations on 21 May at Buddha's birthplace in Lumbini in Nepal, India has decided to officially boycott it.

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Should Buddhism reclaim the swastika?

by Tim Gruver, Seattle Globalist, May 9, 2016

Seattle, WA (USA) -- “What’s a swastika doing on a Buddhist temple?” Four years ahead of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, that’s what local officials are worried foriegn visitors will be asking during the games, only knowing the symbol’s terrible history with the Nazis.

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A Western Soto Zen Buddhist Statement on the Climate Crisis

The Buddhit Channel, April 22, 2016

Zen practitioners and teachers in Asia and in the West issues statement of "deep concern" with regards to climate emergency which will have grave effects on the fate of the earth, of our children, of their children, and all beings.

BERKELEY, CA (USA) -- This statement offers a Zen Buddhist perspective on the climate emergency, expressing deep concern and pointing towards actions to halt and reverse climate change. It is a first step.

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