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Was the Lord Buddha a sexist? by By METTANANDO BHIKKHU, Bangkok Post, May 9, 2006
This question is not intended as a blasphemy against the Lord Buddha or his teachings, but it is pertinent to the survival and progress of Buddhism in the modern world
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A Community of One by Sati Saraniya
Sunday, April 30, 2006 I had long wished to be a hermit. Now, in these times of despondency, I visualised the faces of my spiritual companions far away and felt unequal to eremetic life.
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Chinese Buddhism re-emerges as major global force by By Senaka Weeraratna, Asian Tribune, April 25, 2006
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- China is re-discovering the priceless value of Buddhism and the role it must play in the dissemination of Buddhism worldwide.
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Islam in the eyes of Dalai Lama by by Balbir K Punj, The Pioneer, April 22, 2006
The Dalai Lama, on a month-long trip to the US and South America, said at San Francisco and Chicago that Islam is a religion of compassion which is being unfairly marginalised by few extremists. Ye Xiaowen, the Director of State Administration for Religious Affairs, recently said that Buddhism can reduce social divisions in China better than Islam and Christianity, adding Buddhism can help believers cope with fast-changing society plagued by wealth gap and social unrest.
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China: Buddhism As An Image Booster Or Social Stabilizer? by By Breffni O'Rourke, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, April 12, 2006
Prominent Buddhists from many countries are gathering for the World Buddhist Forum in the Chinese resort of Hangzhou. This is the first international religious conference to be held on the Chinese mainland since the communists came to power in 1949. So why is China hosting this event now, at a time when it is cracking down on dissidents and even internet users?
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Sole Food by Sati Saraniya
Wednesday, April 12, 2006 I find this both humane and comforting especially when collecting alms alone in a Western city. On the sidewalks of the non-Buddhist world, mendicancy has vastly different overtones. There are no formalities or scripts to follow.
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Not Equal and Not Less by Sati Saraniya
Friday, April 07, 2006 Sayadaw U Pandita once said he could not make me a bhikkhuni but I could become a bhikkhu, one worthy of the robe, who had left the home life and -purified the stains. Moved and encouraged by this loftier footing, I would use it as my compass. In every encounter, I can choose to respond well - with kindness, gentleness, and care towards all unequivocally. That is the brief for my life.
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Setting the Pagoda Alight by Sati Saraniya
Friday, March 31, 2006 When I was 37, I undertook an intensive meditation retreat at the Mahasi Sasana Yeiktha in Rangoon. Within several months, inspired by the purity and profound benefits of the practice, I felt called to the holy life and, in honour of that intention, navigated through a maze of dusty roads to worship at the sacred Shwedagon Pagoda.
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Not Straying from Ancient Virtue by Sati Saraniya
Wednesday, March 29, 2006 Even when I can endure and be content with little, I sense a pernicious psychological need for approval, encouragement, and appreciation to be remembered and cared for beyond the physical requisites of life. These yearnings of the heart undermine the practice of renunciation.
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Post of UN Secretary-General: Why not a Buddhist this time? by By Senaka Weeraratna, Asian Tribune, March 15, 2006
Hindu and Buddhist civilizations have been pre-dominant on the Asian continent for more than two millennia. There are more than ten Buddhist states in Asia, namely Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Kampuchea, Vietnam, Taiwan, Bhutan, Korea, Singapore, China, Japan and Mongolia. There are two Hindu states i.e. India and Nepal. The total population of Buddhists and Hindus in Asia exceed 2.5 billion. This is a staggering figure that should be taken into account when filling the post of the UN Secretary ? General.
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