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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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Monks and politics

by Ven Sujato, The Buddhist Channel, May 27, 2015

Perth, Australia -- In Thailand, the Sangha is governed by an act of Parliament. Frequently the monks have participated in street rallies, where the causes they are protesting was to ensure that the monks keep their privileges; I haven’t heard of Thai monks protesting on behalf of anyone else’s interests.

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How India Is Squandering Its Top Export: The Buddha

by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse, The Huffington Post, April 6, 2015

New Delhi, India - India and Nepal gave the world one of its most precious resources - the Buddha. Yet neither country truly values this extraordinary legacy, let alone takes pride in it. In the Buddha's own birthplace and homeland, his teachings are marginalised, his wisdom is unappreciated, and his legacy is invisible in society.

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China re-discovers priceless value of Buddhism

By Senaka Weeraratna, Lankaweb, March 29, 2015

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- In as much as two global religions Christianity and Islam are given leadership today by powerful countries based in the West and Middle East respectively, the time has come for the oldest of the three global religions namely Buddhism to be backed by a powerhouse.

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The Buddhist route

Express News Service, March 21, 2015

New Delhi, India -- An Indian government-supported NGO organised a rare dialogue on vinaya between high-ranking monks of the Theravada tradition in Sri Lanka and the Nalanda tradition in New Delhi this week - a dialogue at this level between the two traditions was last held in the 7th century AD.

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