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Bridging the Muslim-Buddhist divide in Asia

by Sadik Unay, Daily Sabah, Jan 22 ,2016

Kota Kinbalu, Sabah (Malaysia) -- The multifaceted processes of globalization inevitably trigger contradictory tendencies of increased social mobility and interconnectedness on the one hand and rapid dissemination of stereotypes, perceptive distortions and extremist movements on the other.

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Buddhism for the betterment of Israel

by Dr. Thor Gonen, The Buddhist Channel, Jan 20, 2016

The founder of Bhavana House based in Tel Aviv argues for Buddhism and how it can help to regain a more compassionate, kinder Israel. Speech originally delivered at the United Nations Day of Vesak, Bangkok on April 30, 2015.

Tel Aviv, Israel -- Israel is a very young country, a 67 years old baby, but its innocence and sweetness had vanished very quickly, almost 50 years ago, with the occupation of Palestinian lands and the systematic discrimination and oppression of the Palestinian population.

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Sri Lanka: US Wooing The Buddhists To Serve Their Geo-political Interests

By Kalinga Seneviratne, The Buddhist Channel, Sept 22, 2015

Singapore -- On January 8th this year when Sri Lanka’s powerful president Mahinda Rajapakse - who has been often dubbed by the western media as a Sinhalese Buddhist nationalist -  was defeated in a shock vote propelled by a “peoples’ revolution” focused on endemic political corruption in the country, there was much hope that a ‘100-day’ program which was presented to electorate to rid the country of corruption will bring in an era of clean government.

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Call to India to explore Buddhist diplomacy

by G Parthasarathy, The Ribune India, Jul 16 2015

India would do well to leverage its heritage for strategic interests

New Delhi, India -- Facing growing isolation and hostility from the US and its western allies, Myanmar’s military rulers turned to China for economic and military assistance. With reports emerging of Chinese military bases and monitoring facilities across Myanmar in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea, concern grew in India.

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Buddhism and the World Crisis

by Prof Dr Damien Keown, The Buddhist Channel, May 29, 2015

In his keynote address at the opening of the United Nations Day of Vesak 2015, Prof Dr Damien Keown presents his view on how global crises can be turned into opportunities in the context of the ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) region
Bangkok, Thailand
-- While reflecting on the word ‘crisis’ I was reminded of a remark made by US President John F. Kennedy in a speech he gave in Indianapolis in 1959. The President said ‘The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word “crisis.” One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger - but recognize the opportunity.’ I don’t know if the President’s understanding of Chinese was accurate, but I would like to take those words as the inspiration for my comments.

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