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Buddhist canon preserved on 9500 brass plates by Cherry Thein, Myanmar Times, Aug 11, 2009
Yangon, Myanmar -- A MONK in Yangon has launched a project to inscribe the entire text of the Theravada Buddhist canon onto brass plates in the Myanmar language, following the completion of a seven-year effort to do the same in the Pali language. The project is being lead by the Venerable Bhaddanta Nyana from Shwe Kyin Monastery in Bahan township, who held a ceremony in May to honour the donors and workers who helped realise the completion of the Pali version.
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Buddhism is fastest-growing religion in English jails over past decade by Martin Beckford, The Telegraph, Aug 5, 2009
It is claimed that most of the Buddhists in jail converted after their conviction, and chose it over other religions because its emphasis on meditation helps them cope with being locked up. Supporters of Buddhist criminals say they also believe the spiritual development they gain in prison will help them once they are released, and prevent them from re-offending.
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Uninhibited Monastic Life for Nuns by NISSARA HORAYANGURA, The Bangkok Post, July 28, 2009
A forest monastery for Buddhist nuns in Perth, Australia, offers a sanctuary for women seeking monastic life Perth, Australia -- Two little girls, sisters aged around four and six, perch quietly on the special kiddie-sized meditation cushions provided for visitors. Leaning forward, they listen intently as Ajahn Sister Vayama, the abbot of the Dhammasara Nuns Monastery in Perth, Australia, tells them the tale of how the place came to be.
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Saffron robes or jeans and T-shirt? by Naseem Khan guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 7 July 2009 11.45 BST
Western Buddhism stands accused of not being 'authentic'. But will a search for the genuine article lead us anywhere? In the days when I was an Indian classical dancer, we were beset by doubts and anxieties about authenticity. How could we possibly practise an ancient art form in the rootless west? Were modifications to the form or the teaching method possible? Or were they anathema? If we learned one form of the dance, was it alright to go to a teacher of another form?
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Does real Buddhism exist in the West? by Brad Warner, Newspaper Tree El Paso, May 16, 2009
"As Buddhism becomes more widely accepted, guys trying to make a fast buck on people’s misconceptions about it are going to keep crawling out of the manure. It’s really a buyer-beware situation. If you think enlightenment is something someone can give you in a big hurry for $150, you deserve what you get. But if you’re ready to face reality, the real practice is there, and the real teachers are more plentiful than you can imagine." - Brad Warner
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POLITICIZING WHILE INVIGORATING BURMESE BUDDHISM by Arjanyai
U Nu’s great contribution to the Buddhist revival in Burma was the holding of the Sixth Buddhist Council in Rangoon in 2497-2499/1954-61. The World Peace Pagoda called Kaba-Aye and the Great Cave called Mahaguha (as a reproduction of the Maha Pasanฺa Guha where the First Council met), capable of seating 10,000 people, were built along with the International Institute for Advanced Buddhist Studies2. a new library, a publishing house and other large buildings providing lodging for pilgrims and living quarters for researchers. Among the chief purposes of the Council were to provide for the recension of the Pali texts, to have them printed and put in worldwide distribution, and to encourage missionary work by establishing a worldwide Buddhist mission and directing the work particularly to Europe and America. After opening on May 17, 1954, the Council concluded on May 24, 1956, the full moon day of the 2500th anniversary of the Buddha’s Great Decease. About 2,000 monks from various Buddhist countries came to attend this Council. The Council roused in Burmese Buddhists a new zeal for the restoration of religious glory and has achieved the publication in Burmese (Maramma) script of a complete set of the Pali Canon and the Commentaries, and a large number of other post-canonical works. The voluminous Pali-Burmese Dictionary, the biggest of the existing Pali dictionaries, is also a great achievement of the Burmese Sangha and it, too, is published by the Buddha Sasana Council at Kaba-Aye in Rangoon. Induced by the Council, some Burmese monks went to Thailand to preach the Abhidhamma and to teach some methods of meditation as practised in Burma, while a number of Thai monks and novices, mostly from Wat Mahadhatu, came to Burma to study and practise the same.
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(သီလရွင္ႏွင့္ အမ်ိဳးသမီးမ်ား သင္ၾကားေပး by ျမသိဂၤ ီ သီလရွင္စာသင္တိုက္
Myanmar Orphans Support Network (Myanmar-OSN) ဆိုတဲ့ အဖြဲ႕ေလးတစ္ခုနဲ႕ မိတ္ဆက္ေပးပါရေစ။ Myanmar-OSN ဆိုတာ မိဘမဲ့ကေလးငယ္ေတြကို ေထာက္ပံ့ဖို႕ဖြဲ႕ထားတဲ့ ကြန္ရက္ေလး တစ္ခုပါ။ ဒီအဖြဲ႕ေလးရဲ႕ အဓိကရည္ရြယ္ခ်က္ကေတာ့ ဆင္းရဲႏြမ္းပါးတဲ့ ကေလးငယ္မ်ား စာတတ္ေျမာက္ေစေရး ႏွင့္ စိတ္ဓာတ္ျမွင့္တင္ေပးေရးတို႕ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ေရအိုင္ထဲမွာ ဖားသူငယ္ေလးေတြလို ျဖစ္ေနတဲ့ ဒီမိဘမဲ့ ဆင္းရဲႏြမ္းပါးကေလးေတြကို ေရအိုင္ရဲ႕ တစ္ျခားတစ္ဘက္က ကမၻာၾကီးအေၾကာင္းကို ျပသေပးခ်င္တာ ဒီအဖြဲ႕ေလးရဲ႕ ဆႏၵပါဘဲ။ သူတို႕ေလးေတြရဲ႕ သိမ္ငယ္စိတ္ေတြကို ေလ်ာ့ခ်ၿပီး ယံုၾကည္မႈေတြခိုင္မာလာေစကာ ေနာင္တစ္ခ်ိန္ သူတို႕ရဲ႕ဘဝတူ ေမာင္ႏွမမ်ားေရွ႕မွာ သူတို႕ရဲ႕ ၾကိဳးစားမႈရလဒ္ေတြကို မွ်ေဝေပးႏိုင္တဲ့ ကေလးေတြျဖစ္ေအာင္  ျပဳစုပ်ိဳးေထာင္ေပးခ်င္တာလဲ ဒီအဖြဲ႕ေလးရဲ႕ ရည္ရြယ္ခ်က္ပါဘဲ။  ဒီလို ေကာင္းမြန္တဲ့ ရည္ရြယ္ခ်က္ေတြနဲ႕ အဖြဲ႕ေလးကို Inforithm-Maze ဆိုတဲ့ ကုမၸဏီနဲ႕ သူ႕ရဲ႕ ဝန္ထမ္းမ်ားကေန ၂၀၀၉ ခုႏွစ္ ဇြန္လ မွာ စဖြဲ႕ခဲ့တဲ့အဖြဲ႕ေလးပါ။ ဒီအဖြဲ႕ေလးရဲ႕ ပထမဆံုးေျခလွမ္းအျဖစ္ ေက်ာင္းတစ္ေက်ာင္းကို ေရြးခ်ယ္ၿပီး လုပ္ေဆာင္ရန္ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ အခုလို စဥ္းစားၿပီး ရွာၾကည့္လိုက္တဲ့အခါ မဂၤလာဒံု၊ ေထာက္ၾကန္႕နားက ဆင္းရဲႏြမ္းပါးတဲ့ သီလရွင္သင္ အမ်ိဳးသမီးေက်ာင္း တစ္ခုကို ေတြ႕ရိွခဲ့ပါတယ္။ ဒီေက်ာင္းကို Myanmar-OSN ရဲ႕ ေထာက္ပံ့ေပးမႈလုပ္ေဆာင္ရန္ ပထမဆံုး ေက်ာင္းအျဖစ္ ေရြးခ်ယ္ သတ္မွတ္ခဲ့ပါတယ္။ ဒီလိုနဲ႕ ဒီေက်ာင္းေလးကို သြားေရာက္ေလ့လာျဖစ္ ခဲ့ၾကပါတယ္။
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Buddhism thrives as China relaxes religious policy by Robert J. Saiget, AFP, July 7, 2009
WUTAISHAN, China -- Temples thrive, monks travel far and wide in search of enlightenment, the faithful fill the halls of worship -- after decades of atheist policies, Buddhism is making a huge comeback in China.
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Keeping bad people out of monastic orders by The Nation Published on July 5, 2009
Test of determination needed for men who aspire to enter the monkhood for some time From time to time we hear negative news about unruly Buddhist monks and their unholy acts. They get involved in crimes ranging from the petty to the fatal. While the number of such cases is not alarming when compared to the size of the entire Buddhist clergy - although many petty offences involving monks probably go unreported - we hear more and more frequently about bad monks, and that is disheartening for devout Buddhists.
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The Angkor Wat of Malaysia by Translated by LIM LIY EE, Guang Ming Daily, July 4, 2009
Ulu Tiram, Johor (Malaysia) -- Large numbers of Singaporean faithfuls flock to Buddhist temples in Johor to pay homage, pray and make donations, and these donations have expedited the development of temples there.
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