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Sri Lanka to regain lead in disseminating Buddha Dhamma worldwide by Priyanka KURUGALA, Lanka Daily News, May 29, 2010
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Buddhism has been in existence for too many centuries. Although there are many Buddhists all over the world, not many practice the religion. Most of them call themselves as Buddhists, but they do not follow the teachings of the Buddha.
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Teacher who helped shape American Buddhism is still on a quest by Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times, May 29, 2010
Jack Kornfield says 'we're teaching meditation not as a religious activity but as a support for living a wise and healthy and compassionate inner life.'
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Beijing eases Buddha bar by Saibal Dasgupta, TOI Crest, May 22, 2010, 12.00pm IST
The officially atheist People’s Republic of China — built on the communist belief that religion is a dangerous opium of the masses — is beginning to walk the Middle Path. Though there has been no official announcement , the Communist Party is clearly prepared to give the Buddha and Buddhism a bigger role than it has played since the mass destruction of monasteries during the Cultural Revolution in the ‘60s and ‘70s.
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Prison meditation courses expand to Mandalay, Bago by Cherry Thein, May 17 - 23, 2010, http://www.mmtimes.com
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An analysis of the buddhist concept of this moment - A way to the future by Dr Janaka Goonetilleke, Asian Tribune, May 16, 2010

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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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