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Asian Scholars Crafting A Non-Adversarial Approach To Journalism

Phuwadol By Kalinga Seneviratne

Bangkok, 18 December, 2015:  While a ‘Mindful Communication’ fad is currently sweeping across America, a group of Asian scholars and media practitioners gathered here this week to examine how this traditional Asian way of communication could be adopted to train 21st century journalists to create a media that would promote harmony rather than conflict.

 

Sri Lanka: Leading Monks’ Organisations Call For Reforms To Management of Sacred Temple

DaladaMaligawaThe Dalada Maligawa in the ancient hill capital of Kandy where the Tooth Relic of the Buddha is  enshrined, is held in high esteem around the Buddhist world and millions of pilgrims visit the temple each year. It is considered as the pinnacle of Sinhalese Buddhism. Yet, in recent years, their management has been openly criticized by many leading Buddhist monks and lay leaders in Sri Lanka.

China Lay Claims to Leadership of the Buddhist World

WFBMeetBy Kalinga Seneviratne in Baoji, China

With an impressive display of Chinese Buddhist culture and hospitality, China laid claims to giving leadership to the Buddhist world, by hosting over 600 international delegates for the 27th General Conference of the World Fellowship of Buddhists (WFB) at this historic city in north western China from 16-18 October.

Sri Lanka: Cananonizing a Saint May Not Be Saintly Afterall

 By Kalinga Seneviratne

ChurchGoaPope Francis is due to make a three-day visit to Buddhist-majority Sri Lanka with the highlight of the visit being the canonization of Joseph Vaz, an Indian born 17th century Catholic missionary who spent most of his life in Sri Lanka to help Catholics persecuted by the island’s Dutch rulers at the time.

CAMBODIAN MONK MAPS DEVELOPMENT PATH

By Kalinga Seneviratne

SomniengSIEM REAP  - Venerable Somnieng Hoeurn, deputy abbot of Wat Damnak, one of the largest Buddhist temples in this capital city of Siem Reap Province in northwestern Cambodia, and a popular resort town as the gateway to Angkor region, laments that the Khmer Rouge completely destroyed Buddhism in Cambodia. He adds with a grin, “We not only have to build temples but also do a lot of mind building.”

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