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Bhutan: A Buddhist Development Model That Could Be Emulated

BhutanBuildingA Lotus News Feature by Venerable Dr Omalpe Sobhitha Mahathera

There will be many answers to the question: which is the country where the happiest people live? In response many famous, developed nations will come to our mind.  But you will be surprised that the name of a little-known country could be the right the answer to this question. It is Bhutan, the wonderful and amazing country that beats all others in the happiness index.

 

Modi’s Buddhist Diplomacy Fails to Dispel Sri Lankan Suspicions

ModiInSLA Lotus News Analysis by Kalinga Seneviratne

 

BANGKOK (IDN) – The May 11-12 visit to Sri Lanka by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend the UN Day of Vesak festival as a special guest was designed to woo Sri Lanka’s Buddhist majority, but reactions in the Sri Lankan media indicates that it has not succeeded in dispelling their suspicions about “Indian colonialism” of their small neighbour.

Malaysia: Buddhist Monk Empowers Education of Muslim Children

SaranankaraLotus News Feature by Kalinga Seneviratne

Kuala Lumpur: A grand Chinese temple on the hills of central Kuala Lumpur overlooking the Malaysian capital was the site of a unique event today where a Sri Lankan born Buddhist monk’s vision to empower the education of poor Malaysian children, most of them Muslims, was taking place without the glare of any television cameras or the national media.

Nalanda Bringing Science, Ethics and Buddhism Together To Save Humanity

NNM EntranceA Lotus News Feature moved in association with IDN-INPS (Berlin)

By Kalinga Seneviratne

Rajgir, India: A three-day conference convened by the Nava Nalanda Mahavihare (NNM) and funded by the Indian government brought together Buddhist  leaders, scholars and scientists to this historic capital of the Magadha kingdom of the Buddha’s time, to discuss the role of Buddhism in addressing the challenges of the 21st century, with many emphasizing that for humanity to survive science, ethics and Buddhism’s mind-centric approach to understanding nature and society could help.

Righteous King who ruled for the benefit and happiness of the Siamese people

KingBy Lim Kooi Fong*

Bangkok, Thailand – One of the most enduring images of the late Thai Monarch, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej is that he is almost always seen with a camera around his neck or in his hand. His camera and a map accompanies His Majesty during his time visiting regions within Thailand, checking on projects which he personally supported and followed up.

Myanmar: Suu Kyi's Astute Move On Rohingya Issue

 

ASEAN

By Kalinga Seneviratne

BANGKOK: With mounting demonstrations in support of Rohingyas in fellow ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) Muslim majority countries Malaysia and Indonesia, Myanmar’s de-facto leader and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi made an astute move to summon Foreign Ministers of ASEAN for a one-day “retreat” to Yangoon on December 19 to brief them on the situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine State where most Rohingyas live.

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.

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