“History (or Her-story) of Women in Buddhism” with Ayya Tathaaloka

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This via Ayya Tathaaloka Bhikkhuni's YouTube channel: In February of 2013 in Petaluma, Northern California, Ven. Tathaaloka Theri was asked to share her knowledge of the History or Her-story of Women in Buddhism. Ayya Tathaaloka is one of a few monastic scholars who have studied this subject deeply, but in the texts and epigraphy. Her knowledge of the subject is fascinating and inspiring, different from what we may commonly read, shedding light on both the environment for women in which … [Read more...]

The Myanmar Muslims Genocide Awareness Convention 2014 [UPDATED]

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As I mentioned in a past post, I was one of the speakers at this year's Myanmar Muslims Genocide Awareness Convention 2014, which was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center this past Saturday.(As regular readers may remember, I wrote a special report for this blog about the Myanmar Muslims Genocide Awareness Convention 2013. You can read that post here.)I spoke alongside a variety of excellent and helpful folks, including Dr. Gregory H. Stanton (President of Genocide Watch), Matthew Sm … [Read more...]

My Breakfast Featured on Academic Breakfast!

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I'm pleased to share the news that my breakfast has been featured on Academic Breakfast, and you can see it here.What is Academic Breakfast, you ask? Oh, I'm so glad you did. This article from Inside Higher Ed will introduce you. Here's the bit: The website invites academics to post a photograph of their breakfast, and to answer six quick questions: where they live, their institution, their job, their research in five words, their breakfast in five words, and their food philosophy in 10 … [Read more...]

Anti-BBS Monk Attacked Twice and Hospitalized in Sri Lanka…Or Not [TWO UPDATES]

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This from Al Jazeera English: A Buddhist leader and fierce critic of hardliners blamed for attacks on Muslims, is in hospital after reportedly being abducted, stripped naked, and beaten.Watareka Vijitha Thero, the leader of the Jathika Bala Sena who opposes the actions of Sinhala Buddhist hardliners Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), was abducted and assaulted in the outskirts of capital Colombo on Wednesday night.Thero was found by a roadside in Panadura town. He was stripped naked, and his arms … [Read more...]

Nick Kristof’s Video Report on the Rohingya (and Other Burma Items)

"In a remote village in Myanmar where Rohingya live, a teacher who spoke a bit of English gave Nicholas Kristof a letter to share with the world to help explain the suffering of his people." Image by Adam Ellick for The New York Times.

Nick Kristof, who, as we previously mentioned, recently visited Burma and has devoted a lot of column and blog space to the trip. This week, he released a special video report from the trip on the New York Times' YouTube Channel, which they describe this way: Nick Kristof travels to Myanmar, where the Buddhist majority confines a million Muslims to camps and villages -- deprived of jobs, schools, doctors, and even life itself. Why is the world silent? You can watch the video here, or … [Read more...]

Martine Batchelor Discusses Buddhist Ethics on The Middle Way Society Podcast

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Buddhist teacher and author Martine Batchelor appeared on the most recent episode of The Middle Way Society Podcast to discuss Buddhist ethics. At their YouTube Channel, The Middle Way Society describes the episode this way: In this episode, Martine Batchelor, a Buddhist teacher and author, talks about ethics from a Buddhist perspective and to what extent it differs from more rule-based ethical positions. We also explore such topics as absolutism versus relativism, karma, "engaged" Buddhism, t … [Read more...]

George Takei to Be Keynote Speaker at Berkeley Jodo Shinshu Center’s “Being Gay, Being Buddhist” Seminar

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Oh, my...This from Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly Online: Actor, activist, and humorous social media powerhouse George Takei is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at “Being Gay, Being Buddhist – The LGBTQ Community and Shin Buddhism,” a seminar being organized by the Buddhist Churches of America on Saturday, June 28, 10 am – 3 pm, at the Jodo Shinshu Center in Berkeley, California. Other speakers will include Pieper and Lois Toyama on “Parenting our LGBTQ Children,” and Rev. Kiy … [Read more...]

Min Zin’s New York Times Op-Ed “The People Vs. The Monks”

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The New York Times continues its streak of good reporting and editorializing about the situation in Burma -- including Kenan Malik's blistering op-ed about how the anti-Muslim violence perpetrated by Buddhists in Burma should burst idealized notions about Buddhism, and Nick Kristof's recent series of columns and blog posts based on his recent visit to Burma -- with a new op-ed by Min Zin entitled "The People Vs. The Monks".Here's a snippet: Intellectuals have sometimes criticized monks, but … [Read more...]


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