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Gandhi proclaimed himself a Buddhist by by PK Balachandran, The Hindustan, June 12, 2006
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- In the 1920s, Mahatma Gandhi proclaimed himself a Buddhist, saying that Buddhism was rooted in Hinduism and represented its essence. During his visit to Sri Lanka in 1927, Gandhi had no hesitation in declaring that he was a "Buddhist" because he saw Buddhism as cleansed Hinduism.
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For Beijing, a little religion goes a long way by Philip Bowring, International Herald Tribune MAY 28, 2006
HONG KONG For China's Communist Party, religion may still be, in Marx's words, "the opiate of the people." But far from being the adversary of atheistic materialism, the Beijing leadership is recognizing that the opiate can come in handy in helping sustain the party's hold on power and furthering China's national interests. Indeed, Beijing may be more successful in using the soft power of religion than are the Christians influencing policy in Washington.
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For Beijing, a little religion goes a long way by Philip Bowring SUNDAY, MAY 28, 2006
HONG KONG For China's Communist Party, religion may still be, in Marx's words, "the opiate of the people." But far from being the adversary of atheistic materialism, the Beijing leadership is recognizing that the opiate can come in handy in helping sustain the party's hold on power and furthering China's national interests. Indeed, Beijing may be more successful in using the soft power of religion than are the Christians influencing policy in Washington.
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Was the Lord Buddha a sexist? by By METTANANDO BHIKKHU, Bangkok Post, May 9, 2006
This question is not intended as a blasphemy against the Lord Buddha or his teachings, but it is pertinent to the survival and progress of Buddhism in the modern world
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Buddhist Monastery Pressured to Sell after Gas Discovery by Narinjara News, May 1, 2006
Mrauk U, Myanmar -- The authority in Mrauk U has requested that the Abbot of Set Tha Wra Village sell the plot of land on which the monastery sits to the state after natural gas was discovered within the compound, said a monk from the monastery.
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Pittsburgh Buddhist Center dedicated by Liz Hayes VALLEY NEWS DISPATCH Monday, April 30, 2007
The center opened in September at 111 Route 908, Natrona Heights, Harrison. It offers a weekly meditation session at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Monthly discussions on Buddhist teachings and research are planned; details are available on the Web site, www.pittsburghbuddhistcenter.org.
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A Community of One by Sati Saraniya
Sunday, April 30, 2006 I had long wished to be a hermit. Now, in these times of despondency, I visualised the faces of my spiritual companions far away and felt unequal to eremetic life.
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Chinese Buddhism re-emerges as major global force by By Senaka Weeraratna, Asian Tribune, April 25, 2006
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- China is re-discovering the priceless value of Buddhism and the role it must play in the dissemination of Buddhism worldwide.
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Islam in the eyes of Dalai Lama by by Balbir K Punj, The Pioneer, April 22, 2006
The Dalai Lama, on a month-long trip to the US and South America, said at San Francisco and Chicago that Islam is a religion of compassion which is being unfairly marginalised by few extremists. Ye Xiaowen, the Director of State Administration for Religious Affairs, recently said that Buddhism can reduce social divisions in China better than Islam and Christianity, adding Buddhism can help believers cope with fast-changing society plagued by wealth gap and social unrest.
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Panchen Lama makes rare public appearance at Buddhist conference by The Associated Press, THURSDAY, APRIL 13, 2006
HANGZHOU, China China's controversial choice for a Tibetan holy figure made his first major appearance before an international audience on Thursday, saying Tibetan Buddhists should be patriotic and "defend the nation."
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