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Thailand: Famous Buddhist Temple Massages Its Way Into Modern Healthcare Industry

Reclining Buddha

Lotus News Feature By Kalinga Seneviratne

Bangkok: Wat Po temple in Bangkok is better known for the huge reclining Buddha statue, which attracts millions of tourists each year. Some also quietly walk into the air-conditioned massage clinic inside the monastery premises to try out an “authentic” Thai massage wondering what has the temple and Buddhism got to do with massage?

 

Singapore: Buddhists Take The “Gospel” Music Path To Attract Youth

SadhuGroupA Lotus News Feature By Kalinga Seneviratne

Singapore: Buddhist ideas and wisdom are being increasingly adopted by the West as part of a 21st century modern lifestyle, but in the East, youth are increasingly distancing themselves from their Buddhist heritage becoming “free thinkers” or even embracing Christianity from the West. A group of young Buddhist musicians from Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia have now come together to reverse this trend by using music to attract youth.

Thailand: Promoting A “Mindful” Economic Mindset Among The Young

By Kalinga Seneviratne

Lotus News Feature

Camp1Chiang Mai, 14 March, 2016: The Mindfulness fad sweeping across the West today may be the new money-spinner for those “gurus” who charge hundreds of dollars for each session to teach its applications, often to improve one’s ability to navigate the global capitalist system to make more money for yourself. But, for the Thais it's a 2500-year old philosophy taught by Gautama the Buddha to encourage moderation, self-reliance and contentment in your daily life.

Myanmar: Is Thein Sein Myanmar's Angulimala?

A Special feature from  Buddhist Channel

ThienYangon, Myanmar -- Myanmar's retired junta General Thein Sein has become a monk. He has been ordained as U Thandi Dhamma. According to reliable sources, it was the well known Dhamma teacher Dr. Ashin Nyanissara or better known as Sitagu Sayadaw who implored him to take up monkhood.

Myanmar: Reforming The Jade Industry The Litmus Test For New Government

JadeLotus News Analysis by Kalinga Seneviratne

As a new government led by Aung San Suu Kyi takes over in Myanmar this month, reforming Myanmar’s Jade mining industry and ensuring the benefits of it flow to the people and the national coffers would be the litmus test of its democratic credentials.

Mekong River: China’s Release of Water Reflects A Greater Environmental Crisis

VietRiceBargeA Lotus News Analysis by Kalinga Seneviratne

Singapore: China would like to project its release of Mekong River waters from its dams this month to “assist” drought-stricken farmers and fisheries further downstream, especially in Vietnam, as a magnanimous gesture from a friendly neighbour, but, behind it is a reflection of a greater environmental and political crisis that is brewing in the region.

Sri Lanka: Bill To Control Monks Divides Buddhists

MultBudhaLotus News Analysis  by  Kalinga Seneviratne

Singapore, 20 Feb 2016:  A bill tabled in the Sri Lankan parliament in January to create a legal framework to control the behavior and conduct of Buddhist monks has created deep divisions within the majority Buddhist community in the country regarding its intentions and implementation.

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