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Media Needs of Asian Buddhist Communities

Lotus Communication Network has been commissioned to do a consultancy report for the Delhi-based International Buddhist Confederation (IBC) on media needs of Buddhist communities in South and Southeast Asia. This research will cover Bhutan, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, India, Nepal, Indonesia and Vietnam. The report is expected to be completed by July 2020. The project is funded by the Foundation for Universal Responsibility of His Holiness te Dalai Lama. 

True Friendship

TrueFriendshipLotus Communication Network is glad to present its first 'Lotus Song' sung in Sinhalese by Udani Pabasara Liyanage and music by Sri Lankan group Metta. Lyrics by Dharsana Ashoka Kumar. The song titled 'True Frienddship' is based on the Sigalavada Sutra - Buddha's advice to young Sigala - on how to cultivate good friends. 

Link to Song Clip

1st Makhapuja International Conference on ‘The Future of Buddhism in Asia’


Dr Kalinga Seneviratne was a key note speaker at the 1st Makhapuja International Conference on ‘The Future of Buddhism in Asia’ in Bangkok on 18 February 2019. The paper presented is linked below and please see the Lotus News feature on the conference by Natcha Lim. 

link to Lotus News Feature

Copy of Paper Presented:

The Scourge of Poverty and Proselytism: Socio-Economics of Protecting Buddhist Heritage of Sri Lanka and Asia

By Dr Kalinga Seneviratne, Director, Lotus Communication Network

(Paper prepared for the 1st Makhapuja International Conference on ‘The Future of Buddhism in Asia’ – 18 February 2019, Bangkok, Thailand)

Mindful Communication for Sustainable Development

Dr Kalinga Seneviratne gave a special lecture at Nava Nalanda University in Bihar India on 'Mindful Communication for Sustainable Development on 17 January 2019. NNMLec

1st Asian Buddhist Media Conclave


Lotus Communication Network partnered the Delhi-based International Buddhist Confederation (IBC) in organising the 1st Asian Buddhist Media Conclave in New Delhi on 27 and 28 August, 2018. The Conclave titled 'Mindful Communication for Conflict Avoidance and Sustainable Development' is an idea initiated by LCN in association with IBC. The Conclave was funded by the Indian Government and supported by the Vivekananda International Foundation - Delhi based Hindu Think Tank - and held at their auditorium. Our idea was to bring together Buddhist media practitioners and communication scholars from across Asia to discuss and plan common communication platforms and training programs to create a stronger Buddhist voice in Asia. It is a process that would take a few years to build and we had a very encouraging start in Delhi.  Major recommendations of the Conclave was to introduce a regional mindful communication for sustainable development training program; iptv regional Buddhist TV channel and a Nalanda (arts) Festival.  IBC and LCN will be working on building on these initiatives in coming months.

Buddhistdoor article on the Conclave


Lotus News Feature

Mindful Communication

Feature Writing


Lotus Communication Network is working with a leading university in Thailand to develop a journalism training program for the Asian region under the title of “Mindful Communication for Sustainable Development”. 


This project will use Buddhist principles and communication theories to redefine Development Communications in Asia. We hope to get UNESCO endorsement for the project. 


We plan to launch the project in mid-2015.


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May they attain Nibbana