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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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Ex-journalist offers 'scientific' insight into Buddhism

The Korea Times, July 23, 2014

Seoul, South Korea -- A former journalist at the Daily Sports, Kim Byung-hoon, said how, unlike other religions, Buddhism can be scientifically understood. In his recently published book, "Hacker, Buddha," Kim said the ultimate goal of Buddhism is "enlightenment" and Buddha is the "recognized one."

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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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