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Ancient Book of Buddhist Chantings Found by Han Sang-hee, The Korea Times, Sept 13, 2009
Seoul, South Korea -- A Hangeul copy of an ancient Chinese book that contains the notes of the Joseon Kingdom (1392-1910) scholar Kim Si-seup has been discovered. The book was originally written by a Buddhist master from the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and dates back to the 16th century.
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Dhamma Dana: What Burma is All About by The Buddhist Channel, Sept 11, 2009
Documentary delves deep into Burmese Buddhism for a good cause
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Being young, here, now by Nandini Jayakrishna, The Boston Globe, September 8, 2009
Meditation groups say cyber generation is looking inward to counter stress. BARRE, MA (USA) -- Nestled in the woods of this small town, 96 young adults recently gathered at a quiet mansion for a weeklong sojourn, away from buzzing cellphones, humming iPods, and the myriad callings of human and cyber civilizations.
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To Drink, or Not to Drink? by Barbara's Buddhism Blog -http://buddhism.about.com September 7, 2009
According to Bikkhu Bodhi, the Fifth Precept translated from the Pali is, "I undertake the training rule to abstain from fermented and distilled intoxicants which are the basis for heedlessness." Mahayana doesn't seem to go by the Pali version. Translations vary, but the Mahayana version of the Fifth Precept more often calls for not abusing intoxicants. One translation I found of the Mahayana Brahmajala Sutra renders the Fifth Precept into a prohibition of selling intoxicants, although it doesn't say specifically not to drink. Clearly, we in Mahayana are a degenerate crew.
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Reclining Buddhas by DAVID WILSON, The Star, August 15, 2009
Often vast, always mysterious, reclining Buddha statues sport enigmatic smiles. David Wilson digs around and discovers the secrets of these dazzling figures Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- Strictly speaking, they should not exist. Reclining Buddha statues could be condemned as idolatry because the Buddha asked that no images be carved in his likeness. So, at first, after he slipped away, artistically inclined devotees only paid tribute to facets of his identity ó footprints, the chair he sat on, among other relics.
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Buddhist canon preserved on 9500 brass plates by Cherry Thein, Myanmar Times, Aug 11, 2009
Yangon, Myanmar -- A MONK in Yangon has launched a project to inscribe the entire text of the Theravada Buddhist canon onto brass plates in the Myanmar language, following the completion of a seven-year effort to do the same in the Pali language. The project is being lead by the Venerable Bhaddanta Nyana from Shwe Kyin Monastery in Bahan township, who held a ceremony in May to honour the donors and workers who helped realise the completion of the Pali version.
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Buddhism is fastest-growing religion in English jails over past decade by Martin Beckford, The Telegraph, Aug 5, 2009
It is claimed that most of the Buddhists in jail converted after their conviction, and chose it over other religions because its emphasis on meditation helps them cope with being locked up. Supporters of Buddhist criminals say they also believe the spiritual development they gain in prison will help them once they are released, and prevent them from re-offending.
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Uninhibited Monastic Life for Nuns by NISSARA HORAYANGURA, The Bangkok Post, July 28, 2009
A forest monastery for Buddhist nuns in Perth, Australia, offers a sanctuary for women seeking monastic life Perth, Australia -- Two little girls, sisters aged around four and six, perch quietly on the special kiddie-sized meditation cushions provided for visitors. Leaning forward, they listen intently as Ajahn Sister Vayama, the abbot of the Dhammasara Nuns Monastery in Perth, Australia, tells them the tale of how the place came to be.
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Saffron robes or jeans and T-shirt? by Naseem Khan guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 7 July 2009 11.45 BST
Western Buddhism stands accused of not being 'authentic'. But will a search for the genuine article lead us anywhere? In the days when I was an Indian classical dancer, we were beset by doubts and anxieties about authenticity. How could we possibly practise an ancient art form in the rootless west? Were modifications to the form or the teaching method possible? Or were they anathema? If we learned one form of the dance, was it alright to go to a teacher of another form?
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Does real Buddhism exist in the West? by Brad Warner, Newspaper Tree El Paso, May 16, 2009
"As Buddhism becomes more widely accepted, guys trying to make a fast buck on peopleís misconceptions about it are going to keep crawling out of the manure. Itís really a buyer-beware situation. If you think enlightenment is something someone can give you in a big hurry for $150, you deserve what you get. But if youíre ready to face reality, the real practice is there, and the real teachers are more plentiful than you can imagine." - Brad Warner
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