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Spirit of tolerance, harmonisation and assimilation in Buddhism by Daya Hewapathirane, Lanka Daily News, Sept 6, 2007
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- As a global religion, Buddhism have expanded to every part of Asia - even to the West - and is a faith that is always characterized by a spirit of tolerance, harmonization and assimilation. Buddhism in general absorbed pre-existing beliefs to a point where clear distinction is now often difficult.
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Must a Buddhist be Vegetarian? by Charles R Martin
At the time Siddhartha was alive, a Buddhist monk was supposed to live on food freely given by others: this act of freely giving is called dana, and later on in the Theravada traditions, giving food was a way for a lay person to accumulate merit. As such, it was forbidden to pick and choose — if someone gave you brussels sprouts and beets, you ate brussels sprouts and beets. On the other hand, if someone gave you a leftover roast cow, you ate roast cow.
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China's Ancient Sculptural Sites Suffer Damage by The Epoch Times Sept 5, 2007
Shangxi, China -- Chinese experts in the field of cultural relics state that statues in China's three most famous ancient Buddhist sculptural sites, including the Longmen Grottoes (Dragon's Gate Caves) in Luoyang City of Henan Province, the Yungang Grottoes in Datong City of Shanxi Province, and the Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang City of Gansu Province, have suffered serious water percolation and erosion.
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Hello, where's the Living Buddha registration counter? by Ngakpa Duddul Trogyal Dorje, The Buddhist Channel, Sept 3, 2007
American Buddhist to report to Chinese Embassy in San Francisco for instructions under new Chinese Regulations for Living Buddhas
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These few BROWN ROBES by Sopaporn Kurz ,The Nation September 1, 2007
In reviving the tradition of female monks in Thailand, Dhammananda Bhikkhuni believes she has fulfilled the Buddha's wish that we all do something meaningful.
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To attract students, universities stay Buddhist in all but name by IZUMI OGURA THE ASAHI SHIMBUN, Sep 1, 2007
KYOTO, Japan -- Many university applicants are less than inspired when they see the word "Buddhism" attached to the name. Applications to long-established Buddhist universities have been declining in recent years. In fact, some institutions are only meeting half their quotas.
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Leading organisations condemn China’s Buddhist by law by Phurbu Thinley, Phayul, September 1, 2007
Dharamsala, India -- Four leading NGOs which recently teamed up for a joint Tibetan People’s Movement, in run up to the 2008 Beijing Games, Friday issued a protest statement condemning Communist China’s bylaw making selection of Tibetan reincarnate lamas subject to approval by the atheist state.
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12th-century Buddhist Sculptures Found in Indonesian cave by Rebecca Sato http://www.dailygalaxy.com August 31, 2007
Buddhist_statues A remote Indonesian cave has been found to contain previously undiscovered sculptures depicting the spiritual journey of Buddha. The sprawling cave is a reminder of the rich Buddhist past in what is now the world's most populous Muslim nation.
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Buddhism rising rapidly in Europe, say Germans by Janaka Perera, The Buddhist Channel, Aug 25, 2007
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Buddhism is definitely making headway in Germany and the rest of Europe. Expressing this view were prominent German invitees to a very significant event marking the 50th anniversary (1957-2007) of the first Sri Lankan Buddhist Mission to Germany, at the Savsiripaya Auditorium in Colombo 7, Sri Lanka on August 22.
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Five nation Buddhist team to visit Bihar by Pranava K Chaudhary, Times of India, Aug 25, 2007
PATNA, India -- A 120-strong contingent, comprising ministers, bureaucrats, tour and travel operators and mediapersons, from five Buddhist nations will arrive here on September 5 on a five-day visit to the state under a Buddhist promotion mission — “Mekong to Ganga”.
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