Buddhism voted Best Religion(?)

buddha20pict3A Buddhist news story has been popping up all over the internet lately. The Geneva-based International Coalition for the Advancement of Religious and Spirituality (ICARUS) has blessed the Buddhist community with a special award: Best Religion in the World. More than 200 religious leaders from different faiths chose to vote for Buddhism above their own religions, due to Buddhism’s leading attitude of non-violence and compassion. There’s only one problem.

“Basically we can’t find anyone to give it to,” said Hans Groehlichen, ICARUS director. Apparently, the Buddhists keep saying Buddhism is not a religion, and Buddha nature lies in each of us. “We’re going to keep calling around until we find a Buddhist who will accept it. We’ll let you know when we do.”

Okay, so there’s also another problem. The story claims to have been originally written by Tribune de Geneve, but the internet busybodies can’t seem to find the article there. In fact, they can’t seem to find information on ICARUS anywhere. The only ICARUS I could find was the International Journal of Solar System Studies. At least the fake ICARUS mostly fit the acronym.

So, should Buddhists have won this theoretical prize? Read the full story, and decide for yourself.

One day, dear Buddhists, one day.


  1. Dhiraporn Chaiwat says

    After almost 3000 years of the Buddha's teaching, this world award again proves that
    what he taght is true to life, classic, relevant and practical at all times. All devoted Buddhists are surely overwhelmed by this outstanding award. One appropriate recipient of this award is Prof Dr Most Ven Phra Dhammakosajan, Rector of Mahachula Buddhist University, Thailand. Website: http://www.mcu.ac.th

  2. HoangkyBacTien says

    Ha, ha, ha,…great!

    Whether the news is a fact or fake, whether the giver give real apple or wood-apple, as a Buddhist I would gratefully accept it!

    Why bother with it being real or unreal while it does not hurt or harm anyone?

    If you feel an easiness upon hearing this news, you obviously still have a strong attachment to worldly matters which essentially come and go in an endless cycle…

    I hope my sincere words do not offend you; otherwise, please accept my apology and forgive me.



  3. HoangkyBacTien says

    Open Letter to ICARUS Council

    January 7, 2010

    Dear Mr. Groehlichen and ICARUS council:

    Upon hearing this news, all Buddhists (including me) in the world would be universally grateful of the recognition voted by the council.

    This historical event alone is the greatest award from the council to all Buddhists in this modern era.

    The fact that the council has not yet succeeded in finding any Buddhist to give the award to can be simply explained: True Buddhists do not seek for fame, money, or power. Therefore, to receive the award is to go against Buddhist’s principle of renunciation of fame, money, and power. True Buddhists do not wish to contaminate or ruin their many years of practice just for the sake of an award.

    However, there are certain awards that every Buddhist seeks: the defeating of his/her own ego; the shattering of his/her own ignorance to attain wisdom that in turn can help himself/herself and other beings. .

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  4. HoangkyBacTien says


    Unfortunately, this kind of award cannot be given or blessed by anyone else under this sky but his/her own struggle in order to achieve this greatness.

    So, I have a humble opinion to suggest to you and the council that the award be either placed in a honorable area in Swiss’s national museum or in the United Nation’s headquarter building in the city of Geneva as a great symbol promoting world peace.


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