|Buddhists are 3rd largest religious group in the Netherlands by Nisnews Bulletin, May 27, 2009|
|AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands -- Buddhism has expanded in the Netherlands into the third religion after Christianity and Islam. The growth is so strong that as well as Islamisation, it is possible to speak of Buddhisation of the Netherlands, argue researchers Marcel Poorthuis and Theo Salemink in De Volkskrant.
The Netherlands now has an estimated 250,000 Buddhists or people who feel strongly attracted by this religion, largely white Dutch. In 1998, there were only 16,000 including just 4,000 Dutch natives and 12,000 Buddhist immigrants from Asia. |
|Meditate to find inner peace, Buddhist monk tells Pasco audience by Mindy Rubenstein, St. Petersburg Times, June 25, 2009|
|St. Petersburg, FL (USA) -- Thinley Ningpo became a monk at a Buddhist monastery in northern Tibet. He has made pilgrimages to the sacred places of western Tibet, studied under the eminent scholars of his faith and earned the title of Drupon ("retreat teacher") and the honorific Rinpoche ("precious one") for the years he has spent teaching and seeking enlightenment.
So when he was asked Tuesday evening if he has ever given in to his "afflictive emotions" — such as anger and fear — he surprised the crowd at Pasco-Hernando Community College by responding in English:
"Oh, all the time!" |
|Lessons in Buddhism from an iconoclastic scholar by Ajay Singh, UCLA Today, Feb 27, 2009|
|Gregory Schopen: In his Faculty Research Lecture on March 10, Gregory Schopen hopes to illuminate a little-known aspect of Buddhism: the fact that it was one of the earliest social organizations in India to develop what might be called a corporation. |
|Meditation time by Simon Rowe, AsiaOne.com, Feb 25, 2009|
|"THE time it takes for a stick of incense to burn is the time you should spend meditating," says Buddhist priest Ryusho Soeda. |
|Whose Buddhism and Which Science? by Kevin Matthews, UCLA Intyernational Institute, Feb 24, 2009|
|Before he embarked on research for his 2008 book "Buddhism and Science: A Guide for the Perplexed," if Donald S. Lopez heard something about Buddhism and science being compatible, he would recall an old bestseller by Fritjof Capra, a physicist. It was published in 1975 under the title "The Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the Parallels Between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism." |
|အိုဘားမားအေၾကာင္း သီတဂူ ဆရာေတာ္ ေဟာၾကား by Ko Soe, www.irrawaddy.org|
|အိုဘားမားအေၾကာင္း သီတဂူ ဆရာေတာ္ ေဟာၾကား |
|Buddhism misinterpreted by Upali S. Jayasekera, The Island, Jan 10, 2009|
|Colombo, Sri Lanka -- When you enter certain Buddhist temples (in Sri Lanka) you can view statues of various ‘ gods’ in a wing of the temple. There are some temples where pictures of deities who claim to be incarnations of ‘gods’ being given pride of place and offerings made. |
|Burmese Buddhist monastery opens in Finland by Yee May Aung, DVB, Jan 5, 2009|
|Kuopio, Finland -- The first Burmese Buddhist monastery in Finland was officially consecrated in Kuopio on 3 January by five monks led by Penang abbot U Pannya Wuntha and abbot U Uttara of London’s Sasana Ramsi Vihara.
The Buddha Dhamma Ramsi monastery was set up by Burmese Buddhists living in Finland with the help of the abbots, according to monastery secretary Kyaw Htay. |
|Role Of Sangitis In Maintaining Purity Of Buddhavacana (Buddha Teachings) by Ven. Sumedha, Asian Tribune, Jan 1, 2009|
New Delhi, India -- In its extended sense in the Buddhist texts ‘Sangiti’- (‘sam+gai’) means collective recitation, proclamation, rehearsal. It has finally come to signify general convocation of the Buddhist monks in order to settle the questions of the doctrine and to fix text of the scripture. In the Saddharma Pundarika Sutra we get the reference to the experts in proclamation of the doctrine of the Tathagata (Sangiti kusala Tathagatadhammanam). |
|Meditation courses gain popularity among youth by Ye Lwin, www.mmtimes.com|
|“As meditation is a kind of mental training to ease stress and mental suffering, it is not intended solely for those who believe in Buddhism. Anyone can practise regardless of race or religion, age or time,” said Ma Mya Thida, who studied and practised meditation for a decade after matriculation. “It helps you distinguish very clearly between right and wrong.” |