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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.



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.


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.


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.


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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