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Can Nirvana be attained now? by Keerthi Wijayatunga, http://www.island.lk
Today we make huge ships, rockets, airplanes, computers etc. that humanity has never witnessed before. So, are we foolish? Can’t we attain Nirvana? The Buddha says one must grow and develop Prajna (panna paripurin...) and must be aware of having enough merit (pubbe ca katapunnata) to attain Nirvana. How can we know for sure that whether we have enough merit? How can we develop Prajna?
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Open the gates, for "kusala" sake by Lim Kooi Fong, The Buddhist Channel, Aug 18, 2010
The Malaysia Nibbana Meditation Centre sits on a 1.8ha piece of land which was bought with public funds from a developer with 50 guarantors in 2001 at RM2.3mil (US$ 620,000). It used to attract more than 10,000 to its events. It is currently opened only to its 30 odd members.
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A dhamma journey for Ugandan by MAJORIE CHIEW, http://thestar.com.my, Tuesday August 17, 2010
A Ugandan youth who left Africa to further his studies in India returned home as the first Buddhist monk in his homeland.
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The Challenge of Bringing Theravada to the West by Bhikkhu Bodhi, Tuesday, August 17, 2010 http://inwardpathpublisher.blogspot.com/2010/08/challenge-of-bringing-theravada-to-west.html
(an extract from keynote address at a seminar on “The Necessity for Promoting Buddhism in Europe,” held on the first death anniversary of Ven. Mitirigala Dhammanisanthi Thera. Colombo, 2 July 2000)
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Buddhist Examination at the Sule Pagoda-based Association of Abhidhamma Propagation by Cherry Thein, August 16 - 22, 2010, http://www.mmtimes.com/2010/news/536/news005.html
Sixty-three also earned diplomas for passing at least five out of the 15 subjects. “We have divided the oral exams into two sections this year – those reciting more than 20 chapters [of the Abhidhamma] altogether will sit their exam from September 4 to 6 and those reciting less than 20 will have their exam from September 11 to 16. All chapters should be recited by heart,” he said.
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Sitagu Sayadaw to preach to Insein inmates and staff by Cherry Thein, MMTimes
Sitagu Sayadaw Dr Ashin Nyanissara will deliver a sermon at noon on August 21 to both prisoners and staff. The visit will be his fourth to Insein Prison, said U Han, the association’s secretary, and follows similar activities at Mandalay Prison last year.
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The mindful enlightenment by Ed Halliwell, The Guardian, 26 June 2010
Evidence from these disciplines is making it increasingly clear that we are social creatures with plastic minds, wired for empathy and able to access a consciousness that, if developed, could help release us from the shackles of emotion that so often bind us. Building on its 18th-century precursor, the defining feature of this enlightenment is an understanding that to tackle the world's most pressing problems, we don't just need more action, we need more awareness.
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Visiting abbot sheds light on ancient practice of Buddhism by Amy Hogue, Jun 17, 2010 , http://www.emcperth.ca
The religion of Buddhism was begun in India more than 2,500 years ago, and is practiced worldwide by more than 300 million people. Siddhartha Gotama, known as the "Buddha," began Buddhism after becoming enlightened at the age of 35. Unlike other religions, Buddhism does not worship a god - the Buddha is accorded respect, but is not accepted as a god, nor did he ever claim to be a god. The principles of Buddhism are called the "Dhamma," or truth, and involve using meditation to achieve enlightenment and wisdom.
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Monks' role in society's conflicts by Sanitsuda Ekachai, Monday, June 07, 2010, Bangkok Post
The image was disturbing. A monk was fastened to a chair, his hands tied behind his back. His face showed protesting agony while his body was immobile. He was arrested by the troops during the May 19 crackdown. Is this the way to treat a monk? The question was asked by Puea Thai MP Chaowarin Latthasaksiri, who showed the photograph during the recent censure debate to stir public anger with such gross disrespect for Buddhist monks, and to reinforce the cruel image of the government after the crackdown that killed 88 and injured over 1,800 people.
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ANATTA by Ajahn Brahmavamso, June 8, 2010
The Buddha’s teaching on anatta (non-self) is deep and profound because it challenges something very basic to our assumptions about life. The Buddha talked about avijja (delusion) being the root cause of all problems, of all rebirths, the root cause of defilements. He explained what avijja is through the teaching of the vipallasas (the perversions or distortions of view, thought and perception). Namely, the vipallasas say that by view, thought and perception we take what is dukkha to be sukha (happiness); we take what is impermanent to be permanent; we take what is not beautiful (asubha) to be beautiful (subha); and we take what is anatta to be atta, a self.
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