The Phnom Penh Post on Cambodia’s “Saffron Revolution”

"Monks protest in the heart of Phnom Penh." Photo by Sreng Meng Srun.

Hat-tip to Dr. Paul Fuller for this one: The Phnom Penh Post has a new piece about Cambodian Buddhist monks participating in protests this week, and puts them into larger perspective as well.Here's a snippet: In demonstrations at Freedom Park in central Phnom Penh this week, Buddhist monks have been ever present. They have been at the forefront of calls to remove the barbed-wire barriers and open the area again to freedom of expression and opposition to the government.They have also … [Read more...]

Fake Twitter Accounts Spread Pro-Chinese Propaganda as the Central Tibetan Administration Unveils New Middle Way Awareness Campaign

"One of the fake Twitter accounts used to spread the Chinese line on Tibet." Image via www.freetibet.org.

This via Shambhala Sun Space: “Tom Hugo seems to be well-versed in Chinese, and he evidently cares deeply about the Tibetan people,” writes Andrew Jacobs in his excellent piece from Monday’s New York Times. “There’s only one problem with Tom Hugo’s Twitter account.” You’ve probably already guessed what it is.As Jacobs goes on to explain, “Tom Hugo” is just one of a sea of people who are enthusing about all things Tibetan — when they shouldn’t be. Read the full story here.Tuesday update, … [Read more...]

Thoughts On Jack Kornfield’s Shambhala Sun Piece About Burma

"Ethnic Rakhine men lurk outside homes burned in one of the many episodes of violent conflict between Buddhist Rakhine and Muslim Rohingya communities, June 2012." Photo by Reuters.

Jack Kornfield has a new piece about the violence committed by Burmese Buddhists against Muslim Rohingyas in the latest issue of Shambhala Sun. You can read it online here, or download a PDF version of the magazine pages here.This is a snippet from the very beginning: On the surface, upcountry Burma is not very different than it was in 1971, when I first trained there as a monk in the monasteries of Mahasi and Sunlun Sayadaw. The green and dusty landscape is dotted with temples and golden … [Read more...]

CNN on “The Rise of Sri Lanka’s Buddhist Ultra-Nationalists” [UPDATED]

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CNN's Tim Hume has a new piece today about "the rise of Sri Lanka's Buddhist ultra-nationalists," and the man at the center of conversations about the subject: He is Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara, the Buddhist holy man who is the general secretary and public face of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS, also known as Buddhist Power Force).The ultra-nationalist Sinhalese Buddhist organization has emerged as a troubling presence on the Sri Lankan political landscape in recent years, and is blamed by many for … [Read more...]

Antwi Akom on “Eco-Buddhism & Mindfulness: Building a Climate Justice Movement”

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Here's a nice find from YouTube: San Francisco State University Assistant Professor of Africana Studies Antwi Akom addresses the Mill Valley Public Library on "Eco-Buddhism & Mindfulness: Building a Climate Justice Movement". The talk is described this way: Through a lecture and slide presentation, Dr. Akom will illustrate how we can bring forth an environmentally sustainable, socially just, and spiritually fulfilling world by considering climate change on local levels. Dr. Akom will … [Read more...]

Sign the Petition Calling for United Nations Day of Vesak to Invite Ajahn Brahm to Present His Banned Gender Equality Paper in 2015

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As I previously reported, a paper by Ajahn Brahm calling for gender equality in Buddhism was blocked from the 2014 UN Day of Vesak. Our friend Justin Whitaker at American Buddhist Perspective points us to this petition about the matter: We, the undersigned, are astounded and deeply disappointed by the banning of Ajahn Brahm's paper on gender equality at the 2014 United Nations Day of Vesak (UNDV) conference in Vietnam.The paper was clearly aligned with the UN’s Millennium Development Goal 3 … [Read more...]

J. Baird Callicott on “Judeo-Christianity, Zen Buddhism, and Environmental Ethics”

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Noted environmental philosopher J. Baird Callicott spoke recently at his alma mater, Rhodes College, on the subject "Judeo-Christianity, Zen Buddhism, and Environmental Ethics". The institution's YouTube channel describes the talk this way. American philosopher J. Baird Callicott describes the development of secular environmental ethics and comparative religious environmentalism, two approaches to environmental ethics that continue to define how we think about a sustainable world. Check it out … [Read more...]

Bhikkhu Bodhi, Roshi Bernie Glassman, Venerable Pannavati, and Others to Speak on “Creating a Compassionate World”

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Several prominent engaged Buddhist leaders and others will be offering a retreat/intensive at the Garrison Institute that is right up your alley if you're a fan of this blog. Contemplative practice ultimately takes us off the pillow, out of our temples and into the world—people become our “forest.” Join us for a weekend retreat/intensive with six leading contemplative activists offering hope against hunger, hatred, homelessness, war, racism and human trafficking: Bhikkhu Bodhi, Roshi Bernie Glas … [Read more...]


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