1. George Takei: Buddhism 'Made A Lot Of Sense For Me'
He's also a longtime Buddhist whose faith has helped him get through the rough patches in his life -- like coming to terms with his sexual orientation and making sense of his Japanese family's internment during World War II. Takei, best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu on "Star Trek," remembers studying Buddhism at a local temple under his Sunday School teachers Roy and Terry Nakawatase.
2. A Buddhist and Interfaith Response to Debt Capitalism
From the perspective of Buddha Dhamma, money that originates as interest-bearing, centralized, privatized debt is harmful, unethical, and delusional. Modern fiat money and the credit system are based on wrong views and are taking humanity away from our true nature and purpose in life.
3. Time for fest, crafts & books
The three-day Bodh Mahotsava was declared open on Thursday evening at Kalchakra Maidan here amid chanting of sutras in the Theravada and the Mahayana traditions of Buddhism by monks and lighting of the ceremonial lamp. Chief minister Jitan Ram Majhi, accompanied by a host of ministers of his cabinet, and other MLAs of Gaya district inaugurated the festival.
4. Where Buddhism and Shintoism meet
Works from the Tendai Buddhist Gakuenji temple in Shimane Prefecture form the feature exhibition of Kyoto National Museum's New Year's show. Tradition tells that the priest Chishun established Gakuenji around the time of the Empress Suiko though centuries passed before it was first alluded to in literary records.
5. Charly Boy Writes About The Object Of His Worship In New Article - READ
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6. Xi Jinping must change China's repressive policies to end Tibet crisis
The U.S. based Freedom House, an independent watchdog organization dedicated to the expansion of freedom around the world has published its latest report on China, including Tibet and Xinjiang and states that there is an increase in repression under the new leadership of Chinese President Xi Jinping. The report also shows strong suppression of anti-government protests, with statistics showing a dramatic increase in the number of trials and prosecutions for crimes of endangering state security, with many of those punished believed to be Tibetans and Uighurs.
7. Clergy scores a hat-trick of scandals
This week, three news items left no room for doubt about the state of our Buddhist clergy; it is beyond resuscitation. The monk in question is a former abbot of a big temple in Ang Thong province.
8. Rumtek Monastery
On our road trip from Darjeeling, West Bengal to Gangtok, Sikkim, we made a quick stop at Rumtek Monastery, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery located just a short distance from Gangtok. It was dreary afternoon.
9. Beijing protests Japanese remark on Indian border
China on Monday lodged a protest with Tokyo after Japanese media quoted Japan's foreign minister as saying that a disputed border region between China and India belonged to India, in the latest source of friction between the two Asian rivals. Japan's foreign ministry played down the issue, saying it could not confirm Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida's reported remarks.
10. Japan ready to give fillip to roads, infrastructure in north east
Japan is ready to invest in building roads and infrastructure in India's landlocked northeast, excluding the state of Arunachal Pradesh, said Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida here over the weekend. China is in dispute with India over the state of Arunachal Pradesh, calling it south Tibet, especially Tawang, a key site for Tibetan Buddhism.
11. Bhutan PM prays at Bodh Gaya, gifted sapling of Bodhi tree
Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay Saturday visited Bodh Gaya and prayed at the Mahabodhi temple, Buddhism's holiest shrine, officials said. Gaya district magistrate Sanjay Kumar Agrawal said that Tobgey, who is here on a two-day visit, offered prayers and also circumambulated the ancient Mahabodhi tree under which the Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment.
12. 90 Zen Teachers Pledge To Change Culture That Fosters Abuse
Prominent Zen teacher Eido Shimano resigned as head of a Buddhist monastery in New York in 2010 over allegations of sexual abuse. Shimano's fall from grace and the subsequent revelations of other teachers' misdeeds forced many American Buddhist communities to evaluate how they handled such abuses of power.
13. News from the church community, Jan. 16 - 22
The first monthly discussion meeting of Red River District of SGI-USA in 2015 will be this Sunday at 2 p.m. The topic of discussion will be "The Great Wish of the Buddha: to Awaken All People to their Inherent Buddha Nature," from the January issue of "Living Buddhism."
14. Rite and wrong
Theravada Buddhism is a man's religion. Thai women have never had an official place in the faith - this is obvious in both theory and practice.
15. Buddhism and Debt
Buddhism's appearance of detachment can be deceiving-in reality, Buddhist spiritual texts are deeply concerned with worldly economies. Credit: Creative Commons/Tevaprapas Makklay.
16. Buddhism and freedom of speech
How to be truthful in a hostile environment? How to say things that need to be said to avoid coercion and violence from low tolerance of criticism? What should we respect more in an open society where different cultural norms often compete and clash - freedom of expression or cultural sensitivity? The senseless Paris attacks and the ensuing "Je suis Charlie" phenomenon have brought these questions to the fore. Many feel torn between modern values that liberate their individual self and traditions that give them a precious sense of identity and group belonging.