Dalai Lama urges Aung San Suu Kyi to speak up for the Rohingya

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In a new interview with The Australian conducted from his home in India, the Dalai Lama has addressed the Rohingya crisis, urging Aung San Suu Kyi to take a firm stand. (Additionally, an appeal for Buddhists to contribute to a Rohingya Relief Fund has been issued by the leaders of several Buddhist communities.) “It’s not sufficient to say: ‘How to help these people?’ This is [...]

Support the Buddhist Emergency Fund for the Rohingya (Updated)

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Via United to End Genocide, the largest activist organization is America dedicated to preventing mass atrocities worldwide, comes a plea for Buddhists to take a stand and make much-needed contributions to help a persecuted people in urgent need. This has now been bolstered by an appeal posted by Buddhist Global Relief and signed by Jack Kornfield, Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, William [...]

Tibetan father of four dies after self-immolation

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A man in the Tawu county of Tibet has died after setting himself on fire on Wednesday, May 20. According to Radio Free Asia, this is the 140th self-immolation protest in China since 2009. Tenzin Gyatso, 35, was a father a four. The Central Tibetan Administration reports, "The self-immolation is believed to be an expression of protest by Gyatso against a massive deployment of [...]

Shinnyo-en to host largest Memorial Day observance

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This Memorial Day (Monday, May 25), 50,000 people will gather on Ala Moana Beach, in Hawaii, to "create a moment of collective remembrance, harmony, and international friendship." The ceremony is presented by the Buddhist community Shinnyo-en, which you can read about in Andrea Miller's Buddhadharma profile. Monday's event will include special prayers to honor those lost in [...]

How you can help Nepal after the earthquakes (Updated)

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A third earthquake of 6.3 magnitude struck Nepal's Kathmandu Valley and the outlying region on May 16. This, after on April 25's massive quake, which has taken 8,200 lives, and a second earthquake that added to the death toll and the region's ongoing problems there on May 12th. The need for help is of the utmost. Organizations and groups around the world have been mobilizing to [...]

Obama messages Congress on Burma progress, sanctions

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On May 15, US President Barack Obama issued the following "Message -- Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Burma," and renewed his authority to maintain sanctions on that country. TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES: Section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)) provides for the automatic termination of a national emergency unless, [...]

White House hosts US Buddhist leaders

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Update – Friday, February 15: The White House-US Buddhist leadership Conference, described here, has now taken place. Click here to read attendee Hozan Alan Senauke's account of it. On Thursday, May 14 — coinciding with Vesak, the celebration of the Buddha's birth, death, and enlightenment — Buddhist leaders including the scholar-monk Bhikkhu Bodhi will join together to [...]

New 7.3 quake strikes Nepal (Updated)

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[Updated at 3:50 pm EST] A new earthquake of 7.3 magnitude has struck Nepal, east of Kathmandu near Mount Everest. This, after a previous quake last month left the region shattered and with 8,000 people dead. According to Al Jazeera, the Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs says that 45 people have been reported as killed, with 1,129 people being injured. At least 19 buildings in [...]

Gyalwang Drukpa visits Baltimore, upholds LGBT people at White House

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Thursday was a busy day for the Gyalwang Drukpa, head of the Drukpa, or Dragon, Order of Buddhism. As the Baltimore Sun reports, he spent time in West Baltimore "with more than a dozen local ministers and other peace advocates, offering prayers, blessings and words of encouragement in the aftermath of last week's unrest over the death of Freddie Gray. [...] 'We all must work [...]

Watch: How Buddhists are helping after the Earthquake

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Update – Tuesday, May 5, 4:18pm: In the video above, VICE News reporters visit the city of Bhaktapur, where the Nepal Buddhist Federation is providing relief and assistance. This is the fifth in a VICE News series of dispatches from Nepal. The video raises questions about why many communities have yet to receive funds and resources from the government or international [...]