Won Buddhism turns 100

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On Sunday, September 6, Won Dharma Center will mark the 100th anniversary of Won Buddhism. Won is a modern school of Buddhism, established in Korea in 1916. Won's founder, Sotaesan, adapted traditional Buddhist teachings to apply them to the modern world. The centennial celebration will take place from 10:30am to 12:30pm at Won Dharma Center in Claverack, NY. It will [...]

New York Buddhist Church to mark sixtieth anniversary of iconic statue

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On Friday, September 11, the New York Buddhist Church will rededicate its iconic statue of Shinran Shonin, the founder of the Jodo Shinshu sect of Buddhism. The ceremony marks the statue's 60th anniversary in New York. It originally stood in a park in Hiroshima, where it survived the 1945 atomic bomb blast. On September 11, 1955, the statue was donated to the New York Buddhist [...]

Buddhist, Muslim scouts camp together for tolerance

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Forty scouts from the Muslim Scouts of France and the Buddhist-based Nature Scouts (also from France) gathered at a summer camp in France to promote mutual understanding and combat prejudice. The week-long camp at at the Karma Ling Institute was a chance for the children, aged 7 to 11, to ask questions, to share some vegetarian meals, and above all to "plant the seed of [...]

75 monks and nuns from Thich Nhat Hanh’s community launch mindfulness tour

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This week, 75 monks and nuns from Thich Nhat Hanh's monastic order will launch a cross-country "Miracle of Mindfulness" tour. "While our teacher recovers from his stroke in San Francisco, 75 of us are touring the US to bring mindfulness teachings through retreats, book launches, outdoor meditations, a concert, and more," Sister Ocean of Blue Cliff Monastery told Lion's [...]

Buddhist fraternity and sorority to open at San Diego State University

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San Diego State University may be the first campus in the USA to open a Buddhist Greek letter organization. The fraternity, Delta Beta Tau, and sorority, Delta Beta Theta, are the brainchild of Jeff Zlotnik, co-founder of the Dharma Bum Buddhist Temple in San Diego, and Abby Cervantes, a student of the temple. For six years the temple has been offering free "Introduction to [...]

Study finds Buddhism is the least homonegative religion

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A new study in the Journal of Homosexuality has shown that, of all the world’s religions, Buddhism is the least homonegative. “Homonegativity” is defined as “an aversion to homosexuality as a social practice or way of life.” The study looked at 79 countries to determine how religion and religiosity affect attitudes to homosexuality. Results indicated that, while religious [...]

The Rise of Militant Monks

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Michael Jerryson reports on the growing tension between Buddhists and Muslims in South and Southeast Asia, where senior Buddhist monks are actively inciting violence and intolerance despite outcries from the international community.   Recent developments in Burma have brought the world’s attention to the ongoing conflicts between Buddhists and Muslims in South and [...]

Japanese temples stop theft by replacing priceless statues with 3D-printed copies

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In an effort to stop thefts of valuable Buddhist statues, some groups in Japan are turning to 3D printing to create replicas of their statues. The Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs recently revealed that from 2007 to 2009 there were 105 thefts of historical sculptures. Students at the Wakayama Technical High School used 3D scanners to create a virtual copy of an Aizen [...]

Sarasota planning commission approves plans for Buddhist monastery

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The Buddhist Association of Central Florida has received rezoning approval from the Sarasota County Planning Commission to construct a Theravada Buddhist monastery on eight acres of wooded land in Englewood. If the project is also approved by the county commissioners on October 13, the Sarasota Forest Monastery will be built to include a meditation hall, monk sleeping [...]

Actor Michelle Yeoh blends Buddhism & activism

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Buddhist actor and activist Michelle Yeoh was in Ladakh last week to offer aid relief in the wake of flash flooding. While on her trip, Yeoh met up with Conde Nast Traveller to talk about her activism and how it relates to her Buddhist practice. “I think you are always a practicing Buddhist,” she told interviewers. “You are learning every day.” Yeoh was born into a [...]