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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.


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.


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.


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.


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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