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ဆူနာမီအေပၚ ဗုဒၶဘာသာဝင္ တစ္ဦး၏ အျမင္ by http://dhammawisdom.blogspot.com

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Major contributor to revival of international Buddhist studies by Prof. Y Karunadasa , http://www.dailynews.lk
If we are to properly appraise the international dimension of Venerable Sumangala Nayaka Thera’s contribution to Pali and Buddhist studies, it is necessary to acquaint ourselves first with knowledge of how modern academic studies in Buddhism began. As we all know, in the continent of Asia today there are three main Buddhist traditions which coincide with three main geographical regions.
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Buddhism - Letting the world know (World’s Parliament of Religions, Chicago 1893) by The Sunday Times, May 1, 2011

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Trip to Penang to see Pa-Auk Sayadaw by http://mcwk.multiply.com/journal/item/199
Last year end, my family and I journeyed to Penang with the intention to see Pa-Auk Sayadaw, more formally known as "Venerable Pa-Auk Tawya Sayadaw". Pa-Auk Sayadaw (also known as the Venerable Sayadaw Ashin Acinna, is a Buddhist monk from a Theravada Buddhist Monastery (Pa-Auk Tawya Forest Monastery) in Myanmar. Incidentally, Sayadaw is a Burmese honorific title which means "respected teacher". A respected teacher indeed, Sayadaw Pa-Auk is well renowned from here to as far west as the United States. A link here to a US-based website : http://www.paauk.org/index.html
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The wandering monk completes 35 years in robes by D.C. Ranatunga, http://www.sundaytimes.lk
Before getting ordained he followed meditation courses in India and in Sri Lanka at the Kanduboda mediation centre. He was ordained at the Gothama Thapovanaya at Kalapaluwawa in the outskirts of Colombo. That was 35 years ago. He recalls the days before his ordination. "After two weeks Ven.Vagisa informed me that he would schedule my ordination ceremony for that coming Vesak full moon day. He said that it was an auspicious day and he felt I would be emotionally and intellectually ready by that time. I hadn't even thought of it before, but it did sound like just the perfect time. My future preceptor added that I would be receiving lower samanera or novice initiation at this time. This acts as a training/adjustment period to prepare one psychologically for the higher bhikkhu ordination and more austere committed life."
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End of Vas and the accompanying meritorious deeds by Upali Salgado http://www.sundaytimes.lk
After the Buddha had preached on an Esala Poya day at the Deer Park, Saranath, to his former companions, the five ascetics to go in search of truth, to end universal suffering (Dukkha) i.e.the Damma Chakka Pavaththana Sutta and illuminate the world with the Noble Eight fold path, in the following month (August) the rainy (Vas) season began. It therefore became necessary that His disciples, who soon grew in numbers remained indoors, listening to discourses given by the Teacher. The Bhikkhus remained indoors in caves and in “Kutties”. As time passed this retreat became an annual feature. Thus was born the “Vas season” or “rains retreat”, which ends with the full moon (Poya) of October – November.
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The 5 Regrets Of The Dying by Bonnie Ware
For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. I was with them for the last three to twelve weeks of their lives. People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality. I learned never to underestimate someone’s capacity for growth. Some changes were phenomenal. Each experienced a variety of emotions, as expected, denial, fear, anger, remorse, more denial and eventually acceptance. Every single patient found their peace before they departed though, every one of them. When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again. Here are the most common five:
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Buddhist Meditation Center Donates Food to County Food Bank by William Dennison, My Central Jersey, September 17, 2010
Burmese Buddhist Meditation Center Donates to Food Banks in Monmouth and Middlesex Counties New Jersey, USA -- “We know there are hungry people, so we tried to find food for our neighbors who need help.” Ms. Hmwe Lee explained that she asked the families who meet at the Buddhist Temple in Manalapan most of whom are from Burma to request food donations from their friends and relatives, so the group could do something to alleviate the shortage of food at emergency food pantries throughout Central Jersey.
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India's lost Buddhist university to rise from ashes by Rupam Jain Nair, AFP, Sept 13, 2010
Now the chance of intellectual life returning to Nalanda has come one step closer after the parliament in New Delhi last month passed a bill approving plans to re-build the campus as a symbol of India's global ambitions. Historians believe that the university, in the eastern state of Bihar, once catered for 10,000 students and scholars from across Asia, studying subjects ranging from science and philosophy to literature and mathematics. Founded in the third century, it gained an international reputation before being sacked by Turkic soldiers and its vast library burnt down in 1193 -- when Oxford University was only just coming into existence.
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First Buddhist Council by W. L. Wijayswansa MBA, http://www.island.lk
Nikini Poya is an important day in the history of Buddhism. It was on the Nikini Full Moon day, three months after the Buddha’s passing away - "parinibbana" - that the first Buddhist Council or convocation (Dharma Sangayana) was held. There were several reasons to hold this council, but the immediate cause for conducting the first Dhamma Sangayana was the behaviour of a monk named Subaddha who became a monk at his old age.
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