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Sri Lanka: Multiculturalism May Hinder Reconciliation

SLMonksBy Shenali Waduge

Since the fall of the Mahinda Rajapakse government in January 2015, reconciliation has propelled to the top of the political agenda with western governments pushing Sri Lanka to be accountable for alleged war crimes committed at the end of the 30 year war with terror group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and to introduce reconciliation measures according to what the West believes is best for the island republic.

 

Bored by the old mantra, Asian youth need new Buddhist hook

DhammaThruMusicBy Kalinga Seneviratne

While the Buddha’s ideas are fast being adopted in the West as part of a 21st-century secular lifestyle, in the East the young generation is increasingly distancing itself from its Buddhist heritage. As we mark Visakha Bucha Day, the question of how to make the dharma look fresh, vital and “cool” to young urbanised Asians has never been more urgent.

Myanmar: Bagan, the glory of magical Myanmar Must Be Preserved As Tourism Grows

BaganBy Myo Myint

No history of Myanmar is complete without recounting the greatness of the Bagan period (9th to 13th century AD). So also for foreign tourists, no visit to Myanmar, however perfect, it may be is complete without seeing the ancient landscape of Bagan bedecked with the spires of over 2200 pagodas and temples within a radius of about two and a half miles, a sight unparalleled in the world that will always remain in the visitors’ memory. So also, for a Myanmar Buddhist, life is not fully lived unless he/she has worshipped in the famed ancient pagodas of Bagan and seen for themselves their ancestors’ strong faith in Buddhism.

Vietnam: Greed, naivety to blame for cases of mass fraud

VietDeal by Chu Lan Huong

Last month, news on multi-level marketing form Lien Ket Viet, which was prosecuted for fraudulent appropriation of assets in an apparent pyramid scheme, overwhelmed newspapers and social networks.

Sri Lanka: Attempt to subjugate the Pillars of the Buddhist state?

SLMonks By Shenali Waduge

As Sri Lanka celebrates its 68th anniversary of independence on February 4th, it is a good time to reflect on whether there is an attempt to subjugate the two pillars of the Buddhist state and dilute the country’s unique identity.

Thailand: ‘Legitimate’ gambling is destroying sports

gamblingNation Editorial

If tennis is to be cured of the ruinous cancer of match-rigging, the temptation to cheat must be surgically removed

Vietnam: Google report reveals more than low literacy rate

VietGoogleby Thu Van

An annual report by Google has shown that nine out of Vietnamese top 10 searches in 2015 were related to movies, music and celebrities. The song "Vo nguoi ta" (Wife of Another Man), which describes the broken heart of a man after finding out his beloved is getting married to another, was the top trending search in the country, even though it only surfaced on the internet in late October, according to the "Year in Search 2015" report.

Sri Lanka: Bikkhu Vinaya; who should decide?

SLMonksBy Malinda Seneviratne 

There are moves to bring in new laws to define what is kepa (permissible) and what is akepa (prohibited) for the Buddhist clergy.  Whether or not this has been prompted by requests from the Buddhist Order as represented by the Maha Nayaka Theras of the three Nikayas, we do not know.  In any event it is an initiative that resurrects the old discussion about the relationship between State and religion, whether the relevant institutions should operate independent of one another or, if not, what the rules of engagement should be. There are some primary objections and these should be dealt with first. 

Thailand: Superstition has no place in Buddhism

ThaiAmuletEditorial  

With more temples shunning belief in amulets and the like, hope grows for an end to wayward monks.

A Buddhist temple in the province of Kamphaeng Phet has erected signs advising visitors to look elsewhere if they seek "superstitious" help from its monks - amulets for sale, the anointing of cars, even the distribution of holy water. The abbot has said the monks are there to discuss religious matters with the faithful, not offer voodoo guarantees of good fortune.

Thailand: Prayut must be judged by Thais, not outsiders

ThaiFamilyEditorial Desk

To many people, how Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha fares internationally is more important than how he fares locally. His United Nations venture has drawn much attention, largely because he was a coup leader and the UN conference is his first formal appearance on the world stage.

Sri Lanka: Banking for the Poor or Banking on the Poor?

By Malinda Seneviratne

There are people who still believe that the British built our roads and railways.  This is utter rubbish.  The labour was Sri Lankan.  The funds were obtained by taxing our people.  As for the roads and railways they were not designed to get Kusumawathi from Anuradhapura to Kataragama but to streamline resource and value extraction. 

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