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A Buddhist Nun Becomes A Role Model for Women Empowerment

By Kalinga Seneviratne, IDN-InDepth News, July 12, 2014

SINGAPORE -- By ordaining women into the Sangha (order of Buddha’s disciples), Gautama Buddha 2500 years ago has placed women on an equal footing with men in India. But today in most Asian Buddhist countries nuns are fighting an uphill battle to be recognized as credible teachers of the Dhamma (Buddha’s teachings).  One Nepali woman may be unwittingly changing this perception by virtually singing the Dhamma.

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'Dharma Punx' author Noah Levine offers a Buddhist approach to addiction recovery in 'Refuge Recovery'

By Wallace Baine, Monterey Herald, Jul 10, 2014

Monterey, CA (USA) -- Addiction is one of the most bedeviling and ruinous torments of the human experience. And for millions of those trapped in addiction's cycle of suffering, the famed 12-step program established by Alcoholics Anonymous and its many affiliated organizations has been an effective way out.

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Is Buddhism a religion for people with commitment issues?

By Ayelett Shani, HAARETZ, June 26, 2014

Bristol, UK -- Prof. Rupet Gethin, co-director of the Center for Buddhist Studies in Bristol, explains why the West is drawn to Eastern ideas.

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‘Timeless Buddhist principles should be practised’

by Nipuna Kumbalathara, Sunday Observer, June 22, 2014

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- We finally met him, wearing a white T-shirt with a Kiwi logo. He asked “do you travel to New Zealand much?” responding i said I prefer Australia, knowing that he is from Australia, but I dislike Tony Abbot, their premier, especially given his recent call for climate change denying the alliance of greedy nations. Ven Brahmavanso responded “Well I have something in common with him, we are both abbots, but fortunately that’s where the similarity ends!”

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Mipham Chokyi Lodro Dead: 14th Buddhist Shamarpa Dies At 61

By Antonia Blumberg, The Huffington Post, June 14, 2014

Renchen-Ulm, Germany -- Mipham Chokyi Lodro, the 14th Shamarpa, died on Wednesday due to a sudden heart attack while at a Buddhist center in Germany, according to the center's website.

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