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US Cameraman with Ebola was identified as Buddhist master in childhood

By Karen Lee Ziner, providencejournal.com, October 3, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (USA) -- Freelance Providence cameraman Ashoka Mukpo,  who became infected with the Ebola virus in Liberia, was identified in childhood as a “tulku,” or reincarnated Tibetan Buddhist master, according to published reports and a film made by his half-brother.


“Buddha in Central Asia” - an interview with Indian travel writer Sunita Dwivedi

eTurbonews.com, Sept 22, 2014

New Delhi, India -- Sunita Dwivedi is a successful writer, and her book “The Buddhist Heritage Sites of India,” published in 2005 had a foreword by The Dalai Lama. Its Russian translation was released in Moscow by Ocean of Wisdom Publications in 2012.


Breaking through Buddhism

Text and photos by Hilary Cadigan, Chiang Mai News, Vol. 23 No. 8 August 2014

Chiangmai, Thailand -- Ouyporn Khuankaew's life began as many do here in northern Thailand, in a poor rice-farming family of devout Buddhists. But despite the regular temple visits and dutiful merit-making, Ouyporn's father was a violent man who regularly beat his family, even threatening them with an axe in the middle of the night. No one in the close-knit neighbourhood ever stepped in to help, and the monks and abbots from the local temples never said a thing. Ouyporn's mother accepted the beatings as her karma.


Ananda Guruge: Chronicler of the Buddhist revival

By Susantha Goonatilake, Sunday Times, Aug 24, 2014

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- When Dr. Ananda Guruge died a week ago, Sri Lanka’s Buddhist revival, which he chronicled, and its international spread, especially in the West, were reaching the desired heights. Beginning in the 1950s, yoga started to take hold among the white middle classes in the West to become today a key element of Western physical culture. Currently Buddhist vipassana meditation is following suit as both psychology theory and therapy.


Trans*Buddhism, an interview with the creators of transbuddhists.org

by Justin Whitaker, Patheos.com, August 21, 2014

Justin Whitaker shares an interview with the creators of transbuddhists.org and a guide to trans*competence (links at the end of this article).


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