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Buddhist temples rising all over Western Pennsylvania by Arthur L. Clark, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, November 15, 2007
"When you take up ordaining, then you're saying this practice is very important, and that you want to transmit it to other people," Ott said. "There doesn't seem to be many people stepping up to do that. And if I'm needed to be helpful in that way, I want to be."
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How To Be A Monk 101 by http://amymayagapyear.blogspot.com Thursday, November 15, 2007
“Be like a spider. If something comes into your web, do not rush to it… inspect it, look at it. Is it edible? Decide what you must do, and then do it. Always return to the center.” She paused, and then added, “Yes, but do not be like the Spiderman… he jumps from building to building and catches people in his webs!”
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Ven. Udakendawala Siri Saranankara, The legendary freedom-fighter by W. A. Abeysinghe http://www.sundayobserver.lk
The life of Venerable Udakendawala Siri Saranankara is inseparable from the history of the world peace movement. His service to mankind as a peace champion, disciple of the Buddha and an internationalist is remarkable.
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The Monk Diet by E. Raymond Rock, November 11, 2007 http://rafaeliahuppert.blog.com
When I was living as a Buddhist monk in the backwater jungles of Thailand, I learned many important lessons that have made my life much easier. One of them was how to handle food. The rules of a Theravada monk include eating only once a day, and that is in the morning.
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Right Speech-Right Silence by Sati Saraniya
Tuesday, September 11, 2007 Feeling too appalled or confused, can I wait to speak when I have a better chance of being heard? Though I risk losing the opportunity, I must take care to strike a balance, neither undermining my commitment to Right Speech nor mowing down others with sanctimonious zeal; at the same time, refrain from inappropriate apology and retreat that only suppress my own truth.
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Disrobed, Deported, Detained: The Story of a Khmer Monk by 2007-11-09 http://www.unpo.org
Disrobed, deported, detained. Khmer Krom Buddhist Abbot Tim Sa Khorn has had his name displayed on thousands of placards all over the world since his arrest and disappearance four months ago. A prominent Khmer Krom religious figure and human rights defender, Tim Sa Khorn had fled Kampuchea-Krom in 1979 to acquire Cambodian citizenship and settle in the southern city of Phnom Den
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What does Alms mean? by HMECDM http://hmecdm-wod.blogspot.com November 9, 2007
In Theravada Buddhism, many monks (Pāli: bhikkhus) go on a daily almsround (or pindabat) to collect food. This is often perceived as giving the laypeople the opportunity to make merit (Pāli: puñña).
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Buddhist heritage in Pakistan under threat by Yassin Musharbash, Spiegel Online, Nov 8, 2007
Swat, Pakistan -- When the Taliban destroyed two Buddhist statues in Afghanistan in the spring of 2001, there was an international outcry. But similar incidents are now occurring in northwest Pakistan, where radical Islamists recently blew up a sculpture of Buddha in broad daylight.
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Thai political party plans a B9bn (US$ 250 mil) Buddhism fund by PONGSATORN SINGNOY, The Bangkok Post, Nov 8, 2007
Bangkok, Thailand -- The Puea Pandin party is leading its election campaign with a promise to set up a 9.999-billion-baht Buddhism fund to heal social, economic and political ills. The fund is one of its nine flagship policies, deputy party leader Juthamas Siriwan said yesterday.
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How Buddhism Became Force for Political Activism by ANDREW HIGGINS, WSJ, November 7, 2007
From China to Myanmar, a once-quiescent creed spurs new campaigns Across wide swathes of Asia, however, Buddhism has emerged as a powerful spur to political activism. Motives differ from place to place. So, too, do the strands of Buddhism involved. But in each case, the faith has taken the lead in often noisy campaigns for change.
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