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Spearheading Buddhist knowledge and education in Sri Lanka

Spearheading Buddhist knowledge and education in Sri Lanka

Spearheading Buddhist knowledge and education in Sri Lanka WEDNESDAY, 08 OCTOBER 2014 01:26 Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies (PGIPBS) Ven. Professor Kotapitiye Rahula Thera, Director of Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist StudiesUniversity...

Reflections on 22 May 2014 Coup

Reflections on 22 May 2014 Coup

I suggested that we become interested in PLAYBOY magazine (seehttps://www.facebook.com/ sulak.sivaraksa/posts/ 10152186019152798) because I felt that now is the time to rely on humor more than sorrow, anger or hatred. It’s not good to be attached to any...

2014 Coup: Old Wine in a New Bottle?

2014 Coup: Old Wine in a New Bottle?

  At first sight, the most recent coup d’état on 22 May 2014 seemed to have learned admirably well from the failures of the previous coup in 2006. But what have and what haven’t the military leaders learned from the 2006 coup? Here are some observations.  1. The...

Sexual and Relationship Therapy

Sexual and Relationship Therapy

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Why Buddhism and the West Need Each Other

Why Buddhism and the West Need Each Other

David R. Loy The mercy of the West has been social revolution. The mercy of the East has been individual insight into the basic self/void. We need both. -- Gary Snyder Another way to put it:  the highest ideal of the Western tradition has been to restructure our...

The New Bodhisattva

The New Bodhisattva

Bodhisattva (Pali and Sanskrit, from bodhi “awakened” + sattva “being”): any person who, motivated by compassion, wishes to attain Buddhahood for the sake of all living beings. Unless you’reon long retreat in a Himalayan cave, it’s becoming more difficult to overlook...

Can Mindfulness Change a Corporation?

Can Mindfulness Change a Corporation?

The letter that follows is self-explanatory. Last October I sent it to Mr. George three different ways – to two email accounts and by post to his office. Unfortunately, he has not responded, so after some deliberation I’ve decided to express my concerns publicly. I...

The Problem with Karma

The Problem with Karma

What are we going to do about karma? It’s no use pretending that karma hasn’t become a problem for contemporary Buddhism.  In many ways Buddhist teachings seem very modern in their emphasis on impermanence and interdependence (evolution, ecology),...

Transcendence or Immanence?

Transcendence or Immanence?

The influence of Axial traditions will continue to decline as it becomes ever more apparent that their resources are incommensurate with the moral challenges of the global problematique. In particular, to the extent that these traditions have stressed cosmological...

Collective Bubbles of Delusion

Collective Bubbles of Delusion

What makes human beings unique is also our Achilles heel – the defect that may yet destroy our species, along with most others. Like other animals, we have instincts, but, thanks to our large neo-cortex, we can gainsome degree of freedom from them by choosing how to...

Advancing Peace through Inclusive Development

Advancing Peace through Inclusive Development

“Advancing Peace through Inclusive Development” Lahpai Seng Raw, at Raman Magsaysay Centre Awardees’ Lecture Series No 3, Manila 29 August 2013 Lahpai Seng Raw is pictured with children in the Irrawaddy Delta during post-Cyclone Nargis rebuilding efforts in 2008....

Rebuilding Family, Community, Region, and Nation

Rebuilding Family, Community, Region, and Nation

Amidst Nuclear Fallout Rev. Toku-un Tanaka Rev. Toku-un Tanaka is the abbot of Dokei-ji temple in the Odaka Ward of Minami Soma City in Fukushima, some 17 kilometers from the nuclear power plants, as well as abbot of Chuzen-ji temple in the town of Futaba even closer...

Ecological suffering: From a Buddhist perspective

Ecological suffering: From a Buddhist perspective

“...There will be great suffering caused by our human-created climate change, but we may need to go through this process in order to see the 'light'.”  Nigel Crawhall (IUCN, CEESP representative, South Africa) Ecological suffering is the result of centuries of...