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Lotus Asian Voices - No. 5 May 2014

SlCatleSaveThis month’s program explore the meaning of Engaged Buddhism and hear from two monks – from Sri Lanka and Cambodia – on how they are applying   these Buddhist concepts to their everyday work as monks.

 

Venerable Omalphe Sobitha Mahathera of the Sri Bodhiraja Foundation in Embilipitiya, Sri Lanka talks about the need for the temple to address the socio-economic problems of the community from a Buddhist perspective and he also explain an unique cattle saving program that has an economic imperative. Venerable Somnieng Hoeurn, deputy abbot of Wat Damnak in Siem Reap near Angkor Wat in Cambodia, who has a masters degree in public administration from Harvard University argues why a temple has to be administered as a public institution and why the temple has to help the poor Buddhist communities to be empowered economically and socially. We also hear from Thai social critic and Buddhist activist Sulak Sivaraksa, who founed the International Network of Engaged Buddhists.

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Lotus Asian Voices - No. 4 April 2014

SongramThis month’s program explore the celebration of the New Year in Asian Buddhist countries in April and we look at the relationship between Buddhist culture and astrology. We talk to Sri Lankan Buddhist scholars Prof Galmangoda D Sumanapala and Prof  Chandima Wijeybandara. We also have a special feature on the traditions behind the celebrations of the Sinhalese New Year from Saru Community Radio in Sri Lanka and Tharuka Prematileka a communications researcher living in Singapore talks about her childhood memories of the New Year celebrations in Sri Lanka. We also hear from Witraporn Pimpla and Kanya Phattrawart from the Knowing Buddha organization about how the Thais celebrate the New Year known as Songram and from Cambodians Sen Sith, a young Buddhist  and Buddhist monk Venerable Sok Rem of Wat Damnak in Siem Reap about the celebration of Chaul Chnam Thmey or Maha Songram in Cambodia.

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Lotus Asian Voices - No.2, February 2014

CUTSThe second issue of “Lotus Asian Voices” explore how Saranath’s Central University of Tibetan Studies is carrying on the Nalanda Buddhist education tradition, and we bring you an interview with its vice chancellor Prof Geshe Ngawang Samten. 

We also look at the state of Buddhism in India and we talk to Bhikku Bodhipala, secretary of the Bengali Buddhist Association in Kolkatta to find out more about the situation with the Buddhists of India.

In the past few years, two neighbouring Buddhist countries, - Thailand and Cambodia – have been at loggerheads over a piece of land on their border that is the site to an ancient Buddhist temple – Preah Vihar. Following the recent World Court verdict on the issue, we canvass the views of both countries  with Prof Sorn Samnang, President of the Cambodian Historians Association and Associate Professor Puangthong Pawakapan, of the Department of International Relations of Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.

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Lotus Asian Voices - No. 3 March 2014

BHUThis 3rd issue of “Lotus Asian Voices” explore the importance of Pali language to Buddhist studies with an interview with a professor of Pali Studies. We have a special feature on the Indian traditional medicine system of Ayurveda and speak to professors at the Ayurveda faculty of the Benares Hindu University in India. We also look at Tibetan traditional medicine and how they train Tibetan medical practitioners at the Central University of Tibetan Studies in Saranath, India.

 

 

 

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Lotus Asian Voices – No.1, January 2014

RadioIn our inaugural Lotus Asian Voices program we pay tribute to Vippassana Meditation master S.N Goenka, who died in September. We also talk to a Thai Vippassana Meditation master Acharavadee Wongsakon.

In an educational feature we profile Nava Nalanda Mahavihara university in Bihar, India, and in our social feature we look at gender equality and efforts to motivate Buddhist nuns to become social educators in Cambodia.

In our cultural segments we feature an orchestral piece from China that is used to invoke the deities, and from Sri Lanka we introduce ceremonial drumming.

The duration of the program is 28 minutes. This program is produced and presented by Dr Kalinga Seneviratne

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