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Gender Equality Gathers Momentum Among Asian Buddhists

1stABCBy Kalinga Seneviratne

BANGKOK  - The first ASEAN Buddhist Conference held on September 22-23 at Nakhonpathom Rajabhat University, about 100 km from Bangkok, brought together Buddhist Bhikkunis (nuns), Bhikkus (monks) and lay Buddhists from across Asia in a bid to form alliances to empower the increasing community of Bhikkunis in Asia.

 

Obama’s Final Asian Tour ‘Unpivots’ US War Crimes in Asia

BombPlantsLotus News Analysis by Kalinga Seneviratne

President Barack Obama’s ‘pivot to Asia’ policy that realigned U.S. relationship to Asia, is largely regarded favourably in this region. Yet, his farewell visit to Asia ‘unpivoted’ a darker side of America’s involvement in Asia – of horrendous war crimes committed by the U.S. in Laos in the 1960s and 1970s for which Washington is yet to be held accountable.

Indonesia: Candi Portibi – A Relic of Sumatra’s Buddhist Heritage

Lotus News Feature by Kalinga Seneviratne

CandiBahalPortibi, Sumatra. 24 Aug 2016: The great Srivijaya empire was a maritime and trading kingdom that flourished between 7th and 13th centuries spanning much of Java and Sumatra islands. It controlled the trading routes of the Straits of Malacca and established communities not only on the coastal belts but also rivers that fed into the sea. Being in the middle of the pilgrim routes between India and China, Srivijaya empire became a transit point for Buddhist pilgrims and hence developed a strong Buddhist civilization.

Buddhists Concerned About Mindfulness 'Marketing'

Screen Shot 2016-09-03 at 1.28.22 PMLotus News Feature by Kalinga Seneviratne

Padang Sidempuan, Indonesia: Mindfulness, the meditative practice, which has its roots in Buddhism as Vipassana Bhavana, encourages people to focus on the present, rather than on the anxieties of the past or future.

In the previous decade, however, it has become somewhat of a fad around the world. Particularly in the U.S., it is now everywhere: in schools, law firms, banks, governments, and even in the U.S. military. They are all offering mindfulness sessions to staff.

But Buddhists are worried about 'secularisation' of the practice that pays little heed to its moral and ethical aspects.

Taiwan: Soldier’s Brutal Killing of Dog Creates Uproar

FeedDogLotus News Analysis – 29 June 2016

The brutal killing of a stray dog by soldiers has sparked an uproar in predominantly Buddhist Taiwan, forcing the Defence minister to issue multiple public apologies and President Tsai Ing-wen to express concern in the midst of her first official overseas trip.

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