University of Arizona launches Buddhism Studies minor

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The University of Arizona has announced that it will launch a Buddhism Studies minor this fall. The minor will include courses in Asian Religions, Religion in Japan and in India, Zen Buddhism, Buddhist meditation traditions, and the history of East Asian Buddhism. "Much, if not most, of the Asian world is Buddhist, or has Buddhist traditions, and Buddhism is a large [...]

The Economist on China’s Dalai Lama policies: “Preposterous”

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In a scathing article published this morning, The Economist called China's policies towards the Dalai Lama "nonsense" and "preposterous." Media attention around China-Dalai Lama relations has ramped up this month after a Chinese official, once again, asserted that China has jurisdiction over the Dalai Lama's reincarnation. The New York Times quoted Communist Party official Zhu [...]

Michelle Obama tours Buddhist sites in Asia

First Lady Michelle Obama, along with Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and Jack Schlossberg participate in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, while visiting Kiyomizu-Dera Buddhist Temple in Kyoto, Japan on March 20, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

Last week, Michelle Obama completed a tour of Asia, promoting girls' education and visiting sacred Buddhist sites. "Buddhism is focused on helping its followers reach enlightenment through meditation and teachings on morality and wisdom," wrote Obama in a blog post." In Cambodia, Obama visited the famous temple Angkor Wat. "I couldn't be more thankful," she wrote about [...]

Watch: Women, Buddhism, and social justice at NYU

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On February 3, The Mindfulness Project and The Center for Multicultural Education and Programs presented a panel discussion, “Sitting Still, Standing Up,” on women, Buddhism, and social justice at NYU. The video is now available to watch in full. The panel features Leslie Booker, Sebene Selassie, angel Kyodo williams, and Gina Sharpe. Sharpe and williams were recently [...]

Inquiring Mind ceasing publication; seeks to make big share to prisoners

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From Barbara Gates, co-editor and co-founder (with Wes Nisker) of the venerable Buddhist publication Inquiring Mind, comes notice that after some three decades, the magazine is folding. Barbara writes: This journal, published with low overhead, on newsprint, and financed by donation by those who could afford it, is, after 31 years of service, completing its final issue in [...]

Help Kickstart a “cinematic pilgrimage into the heart of India”

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Filmmaker John Bush, who made the famed "Journey into Buddhism" trilogy -- Dharma River (which takes us to Laos, Thailand, and Burma), Vajra Sky Over Tibet, and Prajna Earth (Bali, Cambodia, and Java) -- is back at work on a new documentary project. Journey Om: Into the Heart of India is a non-sectarian "cinematic voyage into India's 5000-year-old tradition of pilgrimage to [...]

Fire claims prayer room at Australian Buddhist center

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On Friday, a fire at Thubten Shedrup Ling Monastery, an FPMT (Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition) center in Australia, left the monastery without its recently built prayer room. So new was the room, in fact, that it was not yet insured. This constitutes a loss estimated at $145,000. The fire was caused by ritually lighted candles that were forgotten. A [...]

Karmapa to give public talk on April 14; Registration now open


The Karmapa Foundation has announced "Joining Heart and Mind: Creating a Compassionate World," a public talk by His Holiness the 17th Karmapa. The talk will take place on Tuesday April 14, from 7 pm to 9 pm, at The New York Society for Ethical Culture (2 West 64th, New York City). Online registration is now open via this link. All proceeds will go to the Karmapa [...]

Global Compassion Summit to honor Dalai Lama on his 80th birthday


In celebration of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, organizers have now announced the Global Compassion Summit, which will feature the Dalai Lama in dialogue with world leaders, Nobel Laureates, celebrity guests, and performers from around the globe. The 3-day event will take place in Southern California from July 5-7, 2015, with the Official World Birthday Celebration taking place [...]

Buddhist priest dies, sangha seeks to rebuild after Arkansas temple fire

The remains of Wat Lao Buddharam temple after the March 5 fire.

World Religion News is reporting this morning that 68-year-old Buddhist priest Souphanh Inthalangsinh was found dead after firefighters investigated Fort Smith, Arkansas' Wat Lao Buddharam temple after a devastating fire there on March 5. The temple's sangha is seeking to rebuild via crowdsourcing. Visit the cause's GoFundMe page to contribute. [...]