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Mindfulness: A Secularized Buddhist Practice in the West

by Dr. Daya Hewapathirane, Lankaweb, Aug 5, 2014

Richmond BC, (CANADA) -- Mindfulness is a technique that is integral to the Teachings of the Buddha. It is the seventh element of the Noble Eightfold Path which encapsulates the principal teachings of the Buddha.Mindfulness or ‘sati’ is a whole-body-and-mind awareness of the present moment. It is awareness of body, feelings, thoughts and phenomena that affect the body and mind.

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Tens of Thousands of Buddhists From All Over the World Bid Farewell to Tibetan Buddhist Leader

The Buddhist Channel, Jul 30, 2014

His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Thaye Dorje to lead cremation ceremonies in Nepal on July 31st/ Buddhists from all over the world welcome decision of Nepalese government

KATHMANDU, Nepal -- On July 31, between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m., the mortal remains of the 14th Shamar Rinpoche, one of the highest leaders of Tibetan Buddhism, will be cremated at Shar Minub monastery near Kathmandu (Nepal). Tens of thousands of followers are expected. His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Thaye Dorje, spiritual head of the Karma Kagyu school, one of the oldest Buddhist traditions in Tibet, will preside over the ceremonies.

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Buddhist abbot Ajahn Brahm in Singapore: 'Unacceptable' that religion has been so cruel to LGBTIs

By Sylvia Tan, Gay Star News, 26 July 2014

Discrimination and LGBTI people suppressing their natural sexuality causes 'terrible harm' to LGBTIs and harms their community, says the well-known Theravada Buddhist monk and Spiritual Patron of the Buddhist Fellowship in Singapore

Singapore -- Ajahn Brahm, Abbott of the Bodhinyana Buddhist Monastery in Serpentine, Western Australia, and Spiritual Patron of the Buddhist Fellowship in Singapore has urged followers to show respect, compassion and fairness to LGBTI people.

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Did a senior Tibetan Buddhist leader's funeral plans fall foul of Himalayan power politics?

by Andrew Buncombe, The Independent, July 14, 2014

New Delhi, India -- Two weeks ago, the remains of Shamar Rinpoche, a senior yet controversial Tibetan Buddhist teacher, were flown from Delhi to a monastery in north-east India where his coffin was met by brightly-dressed monks playing trumpets and cymbals.

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Stop violence against Muslims: Dalai Lama to Buddhists

PressTV, Jul 6, 2014

Dharmsala, India -- The Dalai Lama has called on Buddhists in Myanmar and Sri Lanka to stop violence against Muslims.

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