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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.

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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.

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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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Special Memorial Puja to Transfer Merits to Dr. Ananda Guruge at London Buddhist Vihara

The Buddhist Channel, AUg 20, 2014

London, UK -- The London Buddhist Vihara arranged a special memorial Puja to transfer merits to Dr. Ananda Guruge,a Buddhist scholar, author and former civil servant who unexpectedly passed away on the 6th of August 2014, while returning home to Los Angeles,USA, from a speech delivery tour to China and Australia. He was one of the eminent personalities produced by Sri Lanka, whose engagement in productive aspects was not confined to a singular field.

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Joshu Sasaki Roshi, who brought Zen Buddhism to U.S., dies at 107

By Christine Mai-Duc, Los Angeles Times, July 28, 2014

Los Angeles, CA (USA) -- Buddhist teacher Joshu Sasaki Roshi, a leading figure in Zen Buddhism in America whose legacy was later complicated by allegations of sexual abuse, has died. He was 107.

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