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Thai King's Sufficiency Economics Model

Ven SakyaINTERVIEW

Interview with Ven. Phra Dr. Anil Sakya, Assistant Secretary to the Supreme Patriarch of Thailand and Deputy Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences of Mahamakut Buddhist University

 

Dharmasoka and Economics of Dhamma

By Miran Perera

Emperor Dharmasoka has no parallel in the history of rulers who held sway over the destinies of mankind to a minor or major degree. In the impressive array of world leaders, Emperor Asoka, the righteous occupies a unique position as the one monarch who spread the soothing message of peace, harmony and tolerance as the main staple of his imperial policy.

BUDDHISM IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

By Dr Ananda Guruge

Let me begin by expressing my grateful thanks to Venerable Lama Lobzang and the Asoka mission for the steps take to establish the International Buddhist Confederation. An organization as envisaged with a wide range of objectives is a vitally necessity as we advance into the twenty-first century.    

Buddhist Journalism: Buddhism, Daoism and Confucianism Intermingle to Produce Basic Elements of a non-Western News Paradigm

By Shelton A. Gunaratne

Professor of mass communications emeritus at  Minnesota State University Moorhead

I begin this essay with an attempt to document how Buddhism itself experienced the three features of existence—anicca (impermanence), anatta (no self/interdependence) and dukkha(unsatisfactoriness)—over the last 20 centuries from the time of its introduction to China in the 1st century. To do so, I examine Buddhism as a force that became interdependent, interconnected and interactive with Confucianism and Daoism, the two major thought patterns, as well as the minor ones like Mohism and Legalism, prevalent in China.

AN ‘ENGAGED BUDDHISM’? TOWARDS A BUDDHIST SOCIAL PHILOSOPHY

By Laksiri Jayasuriya

The spirited revival of interest in Buddhism in the West1 is due to a variety of reasons, and foremost among these are the contradictions arising from the juxtaposition of present day scientific achievements such as the genome project or the new science of cosmology), and the conventional religious systems, fractured with cults, sects, and fundamentalism; and, the profound disenchantment with the new cultural ethos of unfettered greed and selfishness pronounced in the post-industrial globalised world. The new social ethic of these societies represents an attitude of mind born out of perverse forms of selfishness, ruthless competition and an excessive and unmitigated ideology of individualism. These are clearly defining features of many old and new societies driven by the twin forces of a Wellsian godless scientific ethos (Wells 1921) and a market dominated neo-liberal social and economic ideology.

Buddhism online: A global spiritual force

By Janaka Perera

 

"The Internet gives us many opportunities to promote Buddhist values, understandings and insights on a global scale" - Ven. Pannyavaro
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- When the Information Superhighway i.e. Internet, was launched in the mid 1990s Buddhist communities worldwide vigorously took up the challenge. With Buddhism becoming one of the fastest growing religions in the West, they converted Buddhist literature into the electronic format with a great deal of enthusiasm.

Sri Lanka: Vedi Perahera of the Indigenous People

SLVediP2By Sri Lal Perera

Long before Arahath Mahendra visited this island  with  the Buddha's message ,  and converted the faith of King Devana Pe Tissa (306 B.C. ), it is believed that Gauthama Buddha himself had set his eyes on this island 3 times out of which the 1st time was to  Mahiyanganaya .

At Mahiyanganaya the purpose of  the Buddha's visit it is believed was to  subdue the Yakksas (Yaksa Damanaya - suppressing the devils).

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