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Muslims don’t study Buddhism enough: An interview with Prof. Imtiyaz Yusuf (Part 2)

Center for Religious and Cross-cultural Studies, Graduate School, UNIVERSITAS GADJAH MADA, 26 June 2017

Jakarta, Indonesia -- The two largest followers of religion in Southeast Asia are Muslims and Buddhists. From around 618 million of its total population, 42 per cent are Muslim and 40 per cent are Buddhist. Twenty-five percent of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims and 38 per cent of the world’s 350 million Buddhists live in Southeast Asia. Yet Muslim-Buddhist interreligious dialogue between the two is rare today. Discussing this issue, CRCS staff member Azis Anwar Fachrudin interviewed Professor Imtiyaz Yusuf, director of the Center for Buddhist-Muslim Understanding at Mahidol University in Thailand. Earning his PhD at Temple University where he studied with Ismail Raji al-Faruqi, Professor Yusuf has written numerous encyclopedia entries and journal articles and been a regular columnist for Thai newspapers. Some of his works can be accessed on his academia.edu account. During intersession at CRCS  from May 15 until July 31, Prof. Yusuf is teaching the course Muslim-Buddhist Relations.
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Muslims don’t study Buddhism enough: An interview with Prof. Imtiyaz Yusuf

Center for Religious and Cross-cultural Studies, Graduate School, Universitas Gadjah Mada, 26 June 2017

Jakarta, Indonesia -- The two largest followers of religion in Southeast Asia are Muslims and Buddhists. From around 618 million of its total population, 42 per cent are Muslim and 40 per cent are Buddhist. Twenty-five percent of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims and 38 per cent of the world’s 350 million Buddhists live in Southeast Asia.

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Buddhism crucial benefit to future generations: Dalai lama

by Jane Cook, Tibet Post International , 7 June 2017

Dharamshala, India -- Urging young Tibetan people to keep Tibetan Buddhist tradition alive, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said that the understanding of the mind is integral to the Buddhist traditions that can be of "crucial benefit to future generations."

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China gets its own Nalanda university, shames India

By YATISH YADAV, Express News Service, 5 June 2017

NEW DELHI, India -- China has scored a major victory in soft diplomacy by quietly launching its own Nalanda University, while the original Nalanda campus in Bihar, planned almost a decade ago, is still stuck with 455-acre dead space.

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Three commitments save UN Vesak Day Mahanuwara (Kandy) Declaration 2017

by Janaka Perera, The Buddhist Channel, May 25, 2017

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The nine point Mahanuwara Declaration on the United Nations Day of Vesak 2017 may have ended up as an empty vacuous and vague document not worth a second look but for three distinctive commitments which have saved this document from being cast into oblivion.

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