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Little hope for Afghanistan's Bamiyan Buddhas by Indo-Asian News Service, February 27, 2006
Kabul, Afghanistan -- There was universal outrage - even in the Muslim world - when the Taliban made good their threat to destroy the Bamiyan Buddhas in an act of religious piety on March 1 five years ago.
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Composting the Heart by Sati Saraniya
Saturday, February 25, 2006 We must care for the state of our minds where all conflict and unhappiness take root. This then will enable us to address the source of our dis-ease and so overcome the moral inertia that brings harm to ourselves and others – our mental and emotional addiction, aggression, instability and excess. And we accomplish this by applying moral principles even to the smallest details of our daily lives and relationships.
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Taming of the Shrewd by Sati Saraniya
Sunday, February 19, 2006 My personal identity was dismantled on the day I donned the robes of a Buddhist nun in Rangoon. After months of intensive meditation, I prayed at the Thursday Shrine of the Shwedagon Pagoda, being born on that day, to ordain as a nun. Within three weeks, I was accepted, my robes were quickly sewn, and the nuns gathered to chant while one of their elders scraped away the remnants of my hair with a cutthroat razor.
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A Buddhist's curse to Islamists' bigotry by by Asoka Weerasinghe, Asian Tribune, Feb 15, 2006
Bangkok, Thailand -- Asoka Weerasinghe reminds the Muslim world, the blasting of The Bamiyan Buddhas in the Bamiyan Valley, Afghanistan, by the Islamic fundamentalists in 2001, that stood for 23 centuries.
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Another perspective why Buddhism went out of India by by Luz Futten, Spain, The Buddhist Channel, Jan 23, 2006
My comment on the article about why Buddhism did not develop in India, which I think it may open a wider window to see the real landscape, is this: Buddhism, as Jainism, etc was born from Hinduism as a way to "fight with no violence" to the ideas o f a structured hindu society by casts just by birth. The message of Buddha here is simply to tell people that you don't need to be born in the Brahman caste to dedicate to spiritual tasks.
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Was Buddhism driven out of India? by By M.S.N. Menon, Organiser.org, Jan 22, 2006
New Delhi, India -- Was Buddhism driven out of India? No. It is a canard, a lie propagated by vested interests. What are the facts? Buddhism was a reaction to the growing permissiveness and distortions of Aryan society. It was, therefore, puritanical. But by banning drinking, dancing, singing and theatre, Buddhism sowed the seeds of opposition.
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India's Buddhist heritage draws seekers by NIRMALA GEORGE, AP[Monday, October 0, Associated Press Writer, 2, 2006]
For years, those tourists were largely people who grew up Buddhist, often in Japan, Thailand or Sri Lanka. But increasingly, Buddhism's appeal has spread to the West, where the Buddha's teachings about nonviolence and spiritualism have been melded with beliefs ranging from Judaism to atheism.
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Exploring the Method of Socially Engaged Buddhism by by Jonathan Watts, Think Sangha Coordinator, Source: INEB, The Buddhist Channel, Dec 13, 2005
Bangkok, Thailand -- Here’s a question to entertain: Are Buddhist teachings (like not-self or emptiness) ideas and concepts to be understood OR practices and methods in which to engage? After answering, then ask yourself: What’s the difference if I answer one way or the other?
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Thailand: Spiritual impoverishment leads only to hardship by By Samart Mangsang, IHT ThaiDay, December 7, 2005
Bangkok, Thailand -- Practicing Buddhists and those interested in Buddhism would be familiar with Lord Buddha’s teachings on debt.
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New looks at the types, and effects, of meditation by Carey Goldberg The Boston Globe,WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2005
Meditation seems to energize the sleep-deprived. It seems to help with concentration. It even seems to bolster the structure of the brain as we age. Neuroscientists presenting their latest research at a convention of 34,000 colleagues last week had so much praise for meditation that it was starting to sound like a mantra. Their work fits into a growing body of data that tries to bring science to bear on age-old methods to quiet the mind.
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