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Be Done with the Reincarnation System (But not the Belief)

by Aik Theng Chong, The Buddhist Channel, March 17, 2015

Singapore -- In reference to the article ‘Dalai Lama's plan to end reincarnation blasphemous: China’; So now the word ‘blasphemous’ has start to creep into the Buddhist faith, no least from a lay person against a religious leader of the faith. One starts to wonder, how such individual as Padma Choling has become more knowledgeable and authoritative then the Dalai Lama himself on such an issue.

 

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West Misses Point - and Lesson - of Buddhist Anti-Muslim Sentiment

By Raymond Ibrahim, The Buddhist Channel, March 17, 2015

Ongoing reports decrying “anti-Muslim” Buddhists seem to miss the point: this antipathy did not appear out of thin air but rather in response to Islamic aggression - the same Islamic aggression the rest of the world is trying to cope with.

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Religion not as clear as black and white

by Kuo Yong Kooi, The Malaysian Insider, 2 March 2015

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- If someone hands me a copy of the Quran, I would be happy to accept it with no ill will in my heart. I concluded long ago that all religious texts in this world are used as guidelines to improve human behaviours.

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Buddhist Women As Agents of Change: Case Studies from Thailand and Indonesia

by Lai Suat Yan, Kyoto Review, Issue 16, Sept 2014

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- While in Thailand the majority of its population are adherents of the Theravada Buddhist ‘tradition’, in Indonesia, Buddhism is a minority religion with the Theravada Buddhist ‘tradition’ embraced by the majority of Buddhists. However, the development of the Theravada tradition in Indonesia is much influenced by its counterparts in Thailand.

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Time to Stamp out Hate-Speech

By THE IRRAWADDY, January 22, 2015

Yangon, Myanmar -- Wirathu is in the news again. But this time, even some of his followers feel that the nationalist Buddhist monk went too far when he called a visiting UN rights envoy a “whore” and a “bitch” in a recent public speech.

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