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First Asian Buddhist Media Conclave Laments Lack of A Buddhist Media

MediaParticipantsLotus News Feature By Kalinga Seneviratne

New Delhi: The International Buddhist Confederation (IBC) organized the first Asian Buddhist Media Conclave on 27 and 28 August in New Delhi, which was attended by over 60 delegates from 12 countries. The conclave included keynote speeches, panel discussions and interactive discussions on a range of topics under the theme of conflict avoidance and sustainable development. Diversity of opinions were expressed, and the interactive session adopted a number of resolutions.

 

India’s Attempt To Promote Buddhist Tourism May Need A Community Building Process

BudTourismLotus News Feature By Kalinga Seneviratne

New Delhi: India’s Ministry of Tourism (MOT) in association with the Delhi-based International Buddhist Confederation (IBC) organized the 6th International Buddhist Conclave from 23rd to 26th August under the theme of ‘Buddha Path – The Living Heritage’.

The 3 day conclave was inaugurated by President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind, who told delegates from some 29 countries that Buddhism was the basis for an early form of globalization, when the voyages of Buddhist monks and nuns from India across Asia created both spiritual and trade links across Asia.

Laos: Women Village Weavers Pursue Moderate Livelihoods

A weaver weave a cup coaster setBy Toung Eh Synuanchanh

This article is the 24th in a series of joint productions of Lotus News Features and IDN-InDepthNews, flagship of the International Press Syndicate.

BUNGSANTHUENG, Laos: The consciousness of finite resource and traditional wisdom are inspiring a group of women in the Southeast Asian country to pursue business practices based on the Buddhist concept of Right Livelihood, the art of responsible and sustainable living.

Myanmar Buddhists Say International Media Is 'Unfair'

YangonViewpoint by Kalinga Seneviratne

This article is the 26th in a series of joint productions of Lotus News Features and IDN-InDepthNews, flagship of the International Press Syndicate.

YANGON, Myanmar (IDN) – When I checked into a hotel at 10.00 pm in Central Yangon near the iconic Sule Pagoda, seeing a lot of South Asian Muslims around the place, I asked the hotel reception if it was safe to walk up the road to get some dinner. The receptionist laughed and said: "It is very safe here, sir."

For the next eight days in December, I lived in the heart of a Muslim Bengali/Indian community. I walked around the place late at night and early mornings and found that it is a very peaceful community where the Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and Christians interact well.

Asia's Buddhists Should Step Forward to Pave the Way to Sustainable Development

Viewpoint by Kalinga Seneviratne*

BodhgayaMonkSINGAPORE (IDN) – Buddhists across Asia are going to temples, bathing the baby Buddha, giving food to monks, lighting lamps and offering incense sticks accompaned by chanting paying homage to the Buddha on Vesak day, May 29 this year. While keeping with these traditions is important, Asia's Buddhists are letting go a great opportunity to shape the global development path in an ecologically friendly, compassionate and a sustainable manner.

What is Buddhist in a Buddhist Film Festival?

By Kalinga Seneviratne

This article is the 25th in a series of joint productions of Lotus News Features and IDN-InDepthNews, flagship of the International Press Syndicate.

PuayKimteoSINGAPORE  – The just concluded 5th edition of 'Thus I Have Seen Buddhist Film Festival (THISBFF)' in Singapore attracted a large non-Buddhist audience according to its organisers, but still it grappled with the question of what constitutes "Buddhist" in a film festival.

Ganga Initiative Brings Culture Into New Asian Trade Routes

By Kalinga Seneviratne

Vishnu-AnkorWatThis article is the 23rd in a series of joint productions of Lotus News Features and IDN-InDepthNews, flagship of the International Press Syndicate.

BANGKOK (IDN) – A recent conference at Thammasat University in Bangkok brought together Indian and Southeast Asian scholars to discuss re-building cultural links along two major rivers in Asia – the Ganges and the Mekong – that in ancient times provided transport links to build great civilizations influenced by Hindu and Buddhist philosophies and promote cultural flows.

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