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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.

 

China: Buddhist Revival Fuels Animal Welfare Movement

FeedDogLotus News Feature

By Kalinga Seneviratne

Singapore, 2 February 2016: A Buddhist revival in China is fuelling a growing animal welfare movement across the country with the Chinese government poised to revise the decades-old animal welfare act.

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.

Can “Strategic Litigation” Stop Asia’s Modern-Day Slavery?

ThaiFishBoatLotus News Analysis by Kalinga Seneviratne

In the past two decades a labour-starved world has seen the flow of unskilled migrant labour increase many fold turning it into a business that trade in human beings. With recruitments agents right across Asia charging exorbitant fees and later dumping them in exploitative and life-threatening conditions, this trade has today come to be known as a modern-day slavery trade.

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.

India: Dalai Lama Celebrates 80th Birthday With Tributes From Indians

DalaiLamaA Lotus News Feature compiled by Kalinga Seneviratne

His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet has received tributes from a cross-section of Indians as he toured a number of Indian cities to mark his 80th birthday which fell on July 6th last year. In turn he has also emphasized the importance of ethics and compassion to craft a better 21st century.

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.

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