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The challenge to the Sangha in the 21st century by By Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, Lanka Daily News, July 19, 2006
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Challenge: The Sangha, the order of fully ordained monks and nuns, is the visible representation of the Buddha in the world; for twenty-five centuries, it has sustained the continuity of the Dhamma among humankind; by its procedures of ordination and transmission it ensures that the Buddha's legacy remains alive.
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World Cup Musings: Lessons from the last match by by Shen Shi'an, The Buddhist Channel, July 13, 2006
Singapore -- In the final minutes of the last World Cup match, Zidane, the captain and star player of France, got sent off the field with a red card for head-butting Materazzi from the Italian team. Some consider his rash violence unpardonable, especially since he was a role model for so many youths. Our deeds do ripple with effects throughout the universe, be they in waves huge or small!
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The true spirit of Asalaha Puja by By METTANANDO BHIKKHU, Bangkok Post, July 10, 2006
A rainy season retreat is the perfect time to bring the spirit of caring back to the Buddhist community and promote peace and harmony during these times of political uncertainty Bangkok, Thailand -- Asalaha Puja Day, according to the traditions of Theravada Buddhism, is the anniversary of Lord Buddha's first sermon, known as the Turning of the Wheel of the Dharma. He delivered this sermon to the five ascetics who were his attendants during his quest for enlightenment.
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Local politician backs Buddhist temple scheme by The Scotsman, July 7, 2006
Edinburgh, Scotland -- LOCAL MSP Sarah Boyack today backed plans to transform a derelict Old Town church into a Buddhist spiritual centre.
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Annie's sweet dreams of new temple by The Scotsman, July 4, 2006
Edinburgh, Scotland -- Scots singing star Annie Lennox has given her backing to plans to create a Buddhist temple and cultural centre in Edinburgh. The singer wrote to a Buddhist friend to support the idea of a city temple. Ani Rinchen Khandro, has known the songwriter for 12 years. She said: "Annie's in town to receive a doctorate so it's good karma that I happen to be in [Edinburgh] at the same time. We're meeting to talk about the plans."
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A monk's meditations on the pursuit of happiness by By Kyle Jarrard International Herald Tribune-June 30, 2006
Matthieu Ricard is a happy man and he says so emphatically in "Happiness," comparing that certainty to knowing how to read or when you are in good health: It is simply a fact. Getting there has been a 35-year trek that began when he left a budding career in cellular genetics at the Institut Pasteur in Paris to study Buddhism in the Himalayas. But he did not retire from the world; rather, he went straight into it - mastering Tibetan, becoming the Dalai Lama's French translator, directing scores of humanitarian projects in Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet, and writing best-selling books on the meditative life.
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Renowned Burmese Buddhist monk passes away by DVB, June 26, 2005
Yangon, Myanmar -- The renowned Buddhist scholar abbot, Reverend Sayadawphayagyi Badantha Vathava Panni Meggin had passed away at a teaching monastery in Rangoon on 23 June, and his spirit had flown to the abode of the Nat of Life.
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The sorry state of Thai Buddhism by The Nation, June 21, 2006
There are better ways of ensuring the relevance of Thailand's national religion than mass ceremonies or big temples
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Vietnamese monk wins Norwegian human rights prize by Reuters, Thursday, September 21, 2006; 8:16 AM
OSLO (Reuters) - A Norwegian human rights body, which has four times anticipated the choice of the Nobel Peace Prize winner with its own award, chose a Vietnamese monk on Thursday to receive its annual prize.
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Ripened on the Vine by Sati Saraniya
Saturday, June 17, 2006 Devoted to this work of emptying and opening the heart, the fruits we taste, like his joy in offering them, are greater than those of the earth. They are indeed heavenly - beyond pain, beyond death.
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