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Attack on Buddhist temple in southern Thailand kills 2 monks

HAT YAI, Thailand (AP) — Police say gunmen presumed to be Muslim insurgents have stormed a Buddhist temple in southern Thailand, killing two monks and wounding two others. The Friday night attack in Narathiwat province is the latest in a recent upsurge of violence in the area, which since 2004 has been plagued by a […]
Tags: News, Thailand, Nation, Buddhist, Narathiwat, Nation & World, YAI Thailand AP


Buddhist poker player donates $600,000 win to charity

Poker champ Scott Wellenbach has been called "the people's hero" for donating all his winnings.
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This sustainable Cambodian city could be the model to save Southeast Asia from over-tourism

Cambodia is a country in flux. Starting in the 1970s, war and genocide tore through the green rice fields and peaceful communities of this gentle Southeast Asian country. For decades, Cambodian people lived in fear, many fleeing the country and building new homes in Thailand, Australia, and the United States. But wars don’t last forever, and since the early 2000s, Cambodia has been rebuilding at a rapid pace. The citizens are working to create a new Cambodia, reborn from the ashes of violence...
Tags: Travel, Southeast Asia, Thailand, United States, Cambodia, All, Phnom Penh, Buddhist, Kampot, Khmer Rouge, Battambang, David Thompson, Thailand Australia, Khmer, Jaan Bai, John Fink


What Connects Vivekananda and Jamsetji Tata? A Sea Voyage That Changed India!

“Rooted in the past, full of pride in India’s prestige, Vivekananda was yet modern in his approach to life’s problems, and was a kind of bridge between the past of India and her present.” – Jawaharlal Nehru The year was 1893. On May 31, aboard a steamer that sailed from Yokohama to Vancouver, two great Indians met for the first time. One was an industrialist who would go on to become one of India’s greatest visionaries, Jamsetji Tata. The other was a monk who would take India’s spiritual tradit...
Tags: Japan, Life, China, India, History, Chicago, Vancouver, Bangalore, Buddhist, Institute, Yokohama, Jawaharlal Nehru, Swami Vivekananda, Tata Group, Vivekananda, Jamsetji Tata


Elephanta Caves - Tucked in the Arabian Sea - One hour Ferry from Gateway of India, Mumbai

The Elephanta Caves contain rock cut stone sculptures that show syncretism of Hindu and Buddhist ideas and iconography. The caves are hewn from solid basalt rock. ... They were named Elefante – which morphed to Elephanta – by the colonial Portuguese when they found elephant statues on it. To get to the Elephanta Caves, you will need to go to the Gateway of India in the city of Mumbai. From here you can purchase the tickets for the launch (boat or ferry) from the Maharastra tourism developmen...
Tags: India, Sales, Mumbai, Buddhist, India Mumbai, Umasree, Maharastra, Elephanta, Elefante, Elephanta Caves


We tried the 1,250-calorie survival bar that powered Colin O'Brady's record-shattering 932-mile solo journey across Antarctica

Colin O'Brady recently became the first person to cross Antarctica alone, unaided by kites or resupplies. In his sled of food and gear, he brought a special nutrition bar called a Colin Bar. He ate 4,000 calories worth of the stuff every day.  We tasted the bar and found it impressively palatable, but it had some strange flavors. When American adventurer Colin O'Brady set out to become the first human to cross Antarctica alone, unaided by resupply or any wind-gathering kite, he knew a specia...
Tags: Instagram, US, Trends, Antarctica, Manhattan, Greenland, Buddhist, Brady, Power Bar, Colin O Brady, Colin Bars, Standard Process, Jenna Besaw, Peter Kotecki, O Brady Standard Process, Colin Bar


Joseph Goldstein – Lighten Up: mindfulness, enlightenment, and everyday life

Neuroscience's romance with meditationPuppy videos as a deep spiritual practiceHow the "retreat" was born None Love, money, health, great sex, peace of mind—however you define it, happiness in this world is impermanent and unreliable. But we're all invested in the illusion that we're just one career move or one Amazon purchase away from permanent bliss.To quote Darth Vader: Search your feelings—you know it to be true. Life is sometimes exhilarating and sometimes devastating, but it's always,...
Tags: Amazon, Innovation, Buddha, Buddhist, Joseph, Siddhartha Gautama, Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein, Barre Massachusetts


10 life-changing retreats worldwide: readers’ travel tips

In havens from Inverness to India, readers have discovered their better selves through yoga, meditation and writing coursesDhanakosa, on the banks of beautiful Loch Voil, near Balquhidder in central Scotland, is truly a place to stop, breathe, unwind and take stock. Amid the glorious scenery, you eat delicious, healthy vegetarian meals (and can even take a recipe book home), do yoga, hill walk, learn to meditate or reinvigorate your practice and your life. It’s the perfect place to come if you j...
Tags: Travel, Fitness, Scotland, India, Life and style, Meditation, Yoga, Health & wellbeing, Top 10s, Learning Holidays, Rest And Relaxation, Yoga Holidays, Health And Fitness Holidays, Inverness, Buddhist, Dana


Anglican Centre in Rome announces Interim Director

Last month, the Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome, Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi stepped down following allegations of sexual misconduct. Yesterday, the Centre announced that it had appointed as Interim Director noted Australian cleric Dr John Shepherd. As Dean of St George’s Cathedral in Perth, Western Australia from 1990 to 2014. Shepherd faced criticisms for actions such as inviting Muslim and Buddhist leaders to speak at the Cathedral, founding a study group named Heretics Anonymous, an...
Tags: England, New York, London, Australia, Religion, Rome, United States, United Kingdom, Manchester, The Times, Cambridge, Melbourne, Perth, St George, Canterbury, Long Island


Mindfulness events 2019

The theory of mindfulness has been around for some time now, encouraging lots of us to stay focused on the present moment. Useful in combating mental illnesses like anxiety, depression, or addiction, finding a permanent place for this practice in our lives should be given priority or at least exploration. If you’re looking for some guidance in this field here are some festivals, retreats, and events across the world to help you expand your mindfulness in the new year. 1. Club Soda Mindful D...
Tags: Travel, Wellness, London, Mexico, Mindfulness, Thailand, Poland, All, Buddhist, London England, Dan Siegel, Retreats, Wim Hof, Wellness Retreats, Mindfulness Events, Club Soda UK Facebook


Bill Gates, Book Critic, Names His Top 5 Books of 2018

Before we get too far into 2019, let's quickly recap the five books that made it to the top of Bill Gates' reading list in 2018. Over on his blog, Gates Notes, the Microsoft co-founder offers up these picks. He writes: Educated, by Tara Westover. Tara never went to school or visited a doctor until she left home at 17. I never thought I’d relate to a story about growing up in a Mormon survivalist household, but she’s such a good writer that she got me to reflect on my own life while readi...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Books, Microsoft, College, Bill Gates, Cambridge University, Buddhist, Facebook Twitter, Melinda, Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari, Harari, Andy Puddicombe, Scharre


Impressions of Vietnam and Taiwan

(Hoi An – Photo Source) I spent Christmas and New Year’s in Vietnam (Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City) and Taiwan (Taipei). Wonderful trip. Here are some impressions: Vietnam generally: Vietnamese people are obsessed with food. We were told that the average person eats more than three times a day. And in between eating sessions, they discuss past and upcoming meals. A country where the locals are obsessed with food means culinary delights await tourists — so if you visit, prepare to eat your way thr...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, China, Sales, Nike, Taiwan, Santa Claus, Ken Burns, Vietnam, Taipei, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Anthony Bourdain, Buddhist


A New Look at Grief Beyond Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’s Five Stages

A few weeks ago, I said goodbye to a long time, dear friend who had become a sister of choice, a traveling companion, a ‘kvetch and moan’ sounding board, as well as a compassionate confidant who didn’t hesitate to call me on my stuff when needed. She died after a nearly two-year encounter with cancer. I hesitate to call it a battle as many do when given the diagnosis that she was. She was more a reluctant dance partner with the disease, attempting to improvise her way through the steps and t...
Tags: Psychology, Grief, Family, Relationships, Friends, Personal, Loss, Bereavement, Grieving, Grief And Loss, Michael, Inspiration & Hope, Health-related, Coping, Buddhist, Elisabeth Kübler Ross


No Sleeves, No Bible, No Problem: This Is How You Take The Oath Of Office In 2019

It was quite a Moment when the anti-LGBTQ+ Mike Pence swore in Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona as the country's first bisexual senator on Thursday.Not only did Sinema show up in an unforgettable Marilyn Monroe-meets Elle Woods-meets blonde Miss Frizzle outfit, but she swore on a law book containing the U.S. Constitution rather than a Bible. The book included the texts of the U.S. and Arizona constitutions, according to The Arizona Republic."Kyrsten always gets sworn in on a Constitution simply becaus...
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Insurgents Kill 7 Myanmar Security Forces In Independence Day Attack

Buddhist militants attacked four police posts in Myanmar's restive Rakhine state on the day the country celebrates its 1948 independence from Britain. (Image credit: Phyo Hein Kyaw/AFP/Getty Images)
Tags: News, Britain, Myanmar, Buddhist, Rakhine, Phyo Hein Kyaw


Monks show off juggling, boxing and light saber skills to protest traffic fine

Buddhist monks are posting videos of themselves skipping, juggling, boxing and even wielding a Star Wars light saber to prove that their traditional attire is not a driving hazard.
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New Year's Eve celebrations: Watch the fireworks as London joins world in welcoming 2019

London has welcomed 2019 with a dazzling firework display and the chimes of Big Ben. Some 100,000 ticket-holders lined the banks of the Thames to watch 70,000 projectiles made up of eight tonnes of fireworks fire into the sky from three barges and the London Eye. Edinburgh also put on a spectacular display, with around 75,000 party-goers gathering in the centre of the city to see in 2019.  Below are pictures and details from all the big displays in the major cities around the world. Happy New Ye...
Tags: Asia, South Korea, Hong Kong, Europe, Japan, UK, New York, London, News, Greece, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Christina Aguilera, Indonesia, Australia, North Korea


The Essential Zen Habits of 2018

By Leo Babauta As 2018 comes to a close, I have to say … it’s been a year of depth but also chaos and blessings for me and Zen Habits. I’m grateful for the wonderful readers I have had for more than a decade now (all of you!), and for the journey I’ve been on and will continue in the coming year. Personally, a lot has been going on for me … here are some of the headlines from this year: I launched a new mission: my Fearless Training Program. This is my laboratory for the new kind of training I...
Tags: Japan, California, Mexico, Africa, Uncategorized, Inspiration, San Francisco, Portland, Eva, Buddhist, KAT, Guam, Maia, Leo Babauta, Tynan, Suraj


10 Buddhist koans, and why understanding them is pointless

Koans are one of the most meaningful practices in Zen Buddhism.Usually translated as "nonsensical," the sentences have much greater purpose. Breaking beyond concepts in meditation is a driving factor of the koan. None Humans like to know what a sentence means. Sometimes we'll go to great lengths to derive meaning from a group of words. More often than not, however, we'll take the easiest possible route to understanding; the less neurologically taxing, the better. This opens the door to misunder...
Tags: Instagram, China, India, Meditation, Mindfulness, Language, Innovation, Philosophy, Buddhism, Personal Growth, Derek, Buddha, Zen Buddhism, Buddhist, Watts, Buddhas


This Week in Photography Books: Griggs & Kwiatkowski

  Everything is connected. I believe that’s true. I often write of my Jewish-American heritage, but like many American Jews, I’m quite taken with Buddhism. And that idea of Inter-being, or Interconnectedness, is a core tenet of Buddhist philosophy. Growing up in the age of secular Enlightenment, it’s been hard for me to accept the pure faith that religion requires. Especially as a Jew who doesn’t keep Kosher, or dress like one of the Orthodox in a black suit, I never felt like I measured up to t...
Tags: Photography, France, Iraq, Kung Fu, Ukraine, Colombia, Malaysia, Andy, Photography Books, Malaysian Airlines, Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddha, Tom, Buddhist, Inter, Art Institute of Chicago


New Year’s traditions around world

Watching a giant, glittering ball drop from 141 feet into the mayhem of Times Square is pretty cool, but it’s nothing compared to other New Year’s traditions around the world. Having the same “new year, new me” conversation about your resolutions might be fairly universal, but for many countries, New Year’s is more than just getting drunk and looking around frantically for someone to kiss at midnight. From shattering plates in Denmark to onion-hanging in Greece, every country has its own uniq...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Greece, Spain, Barcelona, Thailand, Austria, Philippines, Portugal, Denmark, Edinburgh, Madrid, Panama, New Year's Eve, All, Times Square


A Week In Kauai, HI, On $9.25/Hour

Welcome toMoney Diaries , where we're tackling what might be the last taboo facing modern working women: money. We're asking millennials how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period — and we're tracking every last dollar.Today, a summer intern working in land management who makes $9.25 per hour and spends some of her money this week on mango kombucha. Note: this diary was written last summer and is the last entry in our Your Spending In Your State series.Occupation: Summer I...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Japan, Ebay, Boston, New York City, Netflix, Silicon Valley, Keurig, Air Force, Hulu, Facetime, Costco, Pittsburgh, Taco Bell, Kauai


Trash & Treasure: Between the Firmaments by J.Y. Yang and In the Vanishers’ Palace by Aliette de Bodard

Trash & Treasure is a miscellany of monthly opinions on SFF, fandom and general geekness from Foz Meadows. Last month, I read two excellent novellas – Between the Firmaments by J.Y. Yang and In the Vanishers’ Palace by Aliette de Bodard – that struck me as being in conversation with one another. In terms of worldbuilding, both works blend magic, mythology and science fiction into a seamless new whole, while thematically, each story uses that backdrop to discuss the impact of (alien) colonisatio...
Tags: Books, Japan, Earth, Yen, Shell, Low, SFF, Con, Hunter, Buddhist, Yang, Isaac Asimov, SISU, POC, Broken Earth, Binti


10 atheist quotes that will make you question religion

Belief systems arise to address the time and social conditions of each era and culture. Your relationship to your community and environment is very influential in what you believe. Neuroscience explains many of the questions as to why we believe in the first place. None When I was studying for my degree in religion, I was most fascinated by what people believe. The fact that members of the same species could invent such diverse ideas about the invisible speaks volumes about the human imaginatio...
Tags: Psychology, Biology, Religion, America, Neuroscience, Brain, Innovation, Consciousness, Atheism, God, Mind, Derek, Buddhist, Bach, Stephen Batchelor, Stanislas Dehaene


Traveling to Elista

On my journey from Murmansk, Russia, to Kerman, Iran, Kalmykia’s capital city of Elista wasn’t a destination I had planned on visiting, but merely a stop that appeared convenient on the map as I tried to reach the Georgian border before my visa expired. The Republic of Kalmykia is a region surrounded by barren flatlands and located between the southern provinces, where ethnic tensions have caused decades of armed conflict, the Caspian Sea, and the rest of Russia. Descendants of the Oirats, t...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Nazis, Russia, Siberia, Ussr, Dalai Lama, Vladimir Lenin, Stalin, All, Buddha, Buddhist, Caspian Sea, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Ilyumzhinov, Volga River


Alan Clements Uncensored ‘Spiritually Incorrect Relationship Incorrect The Great Reckoning’

In a night of spiritual-political satire and activist entertainment, Alan Clements ignites conscience by celebrating freedom of expression and the power of the human heart. A former director of Amnesty International called Clements “one of the most compelling voices of our times.” Critics have described Alan’s spoken word performances as “existentially cathartic,” “enthralling and hallucinogenic”, “a brilliant deconstruction of spiritual and cultural propaganda that addresses head-on the insanit...
Tags: Travel, Featured, News, America, Culture, Burma, Amnesty International, Jesus, Brian, Alan, Don, Buddhist, Byron Bay, Clements, Jonson, Buddhist Review


Sri Lanka's PM resigns in effort to ease constitutional crisis

Appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa has been source of longstanding political impasseSri Lanka’s prime minister has resigned, saying he wanted to end a long political crisis over his appointment and allow the president to form a new government.Mahinda Rajapaksa signed a letter of resignation in the presence of the media, flanked by MPs from his party and blessed by Buddhist and other religious leaders. It was not immediately clear if the letter had been handed over to to the country’s president, Ma...
Tags: World news, South and Central Asia, Sri Lanka, Buddhist, Mahinda Rajapaksa, Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena Continue


Sri Lanka’s disputed prime minister resigns to end impasse

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has resigned, saying he wants to end a political impasse over his appointment. Rajapaksa signed his letter of resignation Saturday, flanked by lawmakers of his party and blessed by Buddhist and other religious leaders in the presence of media. It is not immediately […]
Tags: News, Sri Lanka, Buddhist, Colombo Sri Lanka, Rajapaksa, Mahinda Rajapaksa, Nation & World


6 Tips To Survive The Holiday Season When You're Overbooked

This time of year seems to come with a veritable cornucopia of stressors: there's your seemingly endless gift-shopping list; the inevitable end-of-year scramble at work; and let's not forget every single holiday cocktail party. Many of us have likely come to expect this from winter season — but knowing that they're coming doesn't make them any more manageable.The good news is that, even if you're stuck working behind your desk (or mingling in the same velvet cocktail dress) every night until m...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Ac, Buddhist, Brooklyn NY, Levine, Maha Rose Center for Healing, Lisa Levine


Symposium: The establishment clause strictly prohibits government preference for one faith — that could change with the Bladensburg Cross case

Heather L. Weaver is a senior staff attorney for the Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief at the American Civil Liberties Union. A 40-foot-tall Latin cross made of marble and cement stands on public property at one of the busiest intersections in Bladensburg, Maryland. The Bladensburg Cross is impossible to miss and overshadows everything nearby. Erected as a memorial to soldiers who died in World War I, it is now owned and maintained by a state entity, the Maryland-National Capital Parks a...
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