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Buddhism Wins Best Religion in the World Award by http://blog.beliefnet.com
The Geneva-based International Coalition for the Advancement of Religious and Spirituality (ICARUS) has chosen to bestow a special award this year on the Buddhist Community. Criteria included factors such as promoting personal and community peace, increasing compassion and a sense of connection, and encouraging preservation of the natural environment. Groehlichen continued "The biggest factor for us is that ICARUS was founded by spiritual and religious people to bring the concepts of non-violence to prominence in society. One of the key questions in our voting process was which religion actually practices non-violence."
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Deception – a contemplative Buddhist perspective by Sal Barba, Ph.D., The Mukilteo Beacon, 11 November 2009
If we do not understand ourselves by becoming psychologically literate, and if we do not understand others, we leave ourselves potentially vulnerable to self deception and destruction.
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Getting to know the Art of Interpreting Buddhadhamma by Ven U Bodhinyana
Nowadays, there are quite a number of scholars who study Buddhism, however, most of them simply read the words of the sutras and commentaries seeking arguments and rationalisations to prove that they are versed in the Dharma (7). The Dhamma is first and foremost a practice, not scholarship, if scholars, who only study discourses and commentaries, but do not engage in practice may betray the true spirit of the Master.
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Jakarta Temple Honors the Old Ways of Buddhist Monks by Sylviana Hamdani, Jakarta Globe - Jakarta,Indonesia, October 30, 2009
According to one legend, about 2,500 years ago, during Vassa, the monsoon season in Nepal, 30 monks journeyed along roadsides and rain-soaked rice fields to spend the season with Siddharta Gautama —­ later known as the Buddha. Due to the treacherously wet conditions, they were forced to shelter at a monastery, where they spent their time studying, praying and meditating until the weather cleared and it was time for them to move on. The rainy season retreat became a tradition for monks that has persevered until today.
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U.S. Army Sending First Buddhist Chaplain to Iraq by Lauren Green, Fox News, October 30, 2009
Less than one percent of the United States population is Buddhist, and Buddhists make up only three-tenths of a percent of the military. But Dyer has quickly gained the respect of his Christian colleagues, who make up the vast majority of military chaplains. He has also fostered a close relationship with his chaplain assistant, Spc. Jonathan Westley, who's trained specifically to protect him.
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Dāna - the paradigm of Ethic, Ritual and Liberation in Theravada Buddhism by Ven U Bodhinyana
“If people knew as I know the results of giving and sharing, they would not eat without having given nor would the stain of miserliness persist in overpowering their minds. Even if they were down to their last bit of food, they would not eat without having shared it, if those to receive it were present.” - Itivuttaka 26 [*]
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Buddhism practice soothes mind and soul by Schneider Saintil, The Famuan, October 26, 2009
“The Buddha is a teacher, a role model, and many other things, but he is not an object of worship,” Parish said. “For me, wearing a necklace with the Buddha or having statues of Buddha in my home and office are simply for reminding me to aspire to be like the Buddha.”
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Buddhism Roots Deeply in America by Andrew Lam, New America Media, Oct 18, 2009
Over the past 25 years, Buddhism has become the third most popular religion in America behind Christianity and Judaism, according to a 2008 report from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. Evidence of Buddhism spreading deep roots in America is abundant. Last week CNN reported that, “programs and workshops educating inmates about meditation and yoga are sprouting up across the country.” There are more than 75 organizations working with some 2,500 people, most of them prisoners, and they inspired a documentary called “The Dhamma Brothers.”
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Buddhism and human values by Sukomal Barua, The Daily Star, October 3, 2009
Dhaka, Bangladesh -- Today is the full-moon day of holy Prabarana, the second-biggest festival of the Buddhist world. It is the day of fasting-breaking of the three months long Uposathabrata. The Prabarana festival is observed in the month of Aswin, and is known as Aswini Purnima. The three months long ?Barshavasa (rain retreat) of the bhikkhus-bhikkhunis starts in the Ashari Purnima and continues up to Prabarana Purnima. The Buddha, on this day of the full moon, directed his disciples to go all around for the propagation of the dhamma -- "Carata bhikkhave carikam bahujana hitaya, bahujana sukhaya…lokanukampaya."
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Buddhist Priests Use Pop Culture to Win Back Faithful by Catherine Makino and Naoyuki Ogi, IPS, Oct 2, 2009
TOKYO, Japan -- Hip hop. Fashion. Zen café. Animation. Who could have thought that these pop culture staples would come to be associated with a religion known for its centuries-old traditions advocating a strict life of self-denial? Yet Buddhist priests in Japan are riding on life’s fleeting pleasures to bring believers back and even attract young people into the fold. Today, this religion is fading away, said Buddhist priests who spoke with IPS, and many of the country’s approximately 75,000 temples are facing the biggest crisis in their history, because hardly anyone ever goes to them these days.
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