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Pravarana Purnima Full Moon Day

Pravarana Purnima Full Moon Day We celebrate the Pravarana Purnima or the Full Moon Day on 27th October. This day is celebrated as the end of the three months rains retreat which started on the Full Moon day of July. Monks and laity both having observed this retreat in meditation, listening to the discourses, making offerings to the monks, making dana in memory of the departed ones, observing precepts, doing…

Why are Christians Turning to Buddhism?

Why are Christians Turning to Buddhism? Six Examples by Jay McDaniel A small but growing number Christians in the West are turning to Buddhism for spiritual guidance. Many are reading books about Buddhism, and some are also meditating, participating in Buddhist retreats, and studying under Buddhist teachers. They are drawn to Buddhism’s emphasis on “being present” in the present moment; to its recognition of the interconnectedness of all things; to…

Buddha’s Teachings on Social Harmony

Buddha’s Teachings on Social Harmony Yangon — In June and October 2012, scores of Muslims were killed and about 140,000 displaced in clashes between ethnic Arakan Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims. Rohingyas now live in squalid refugee camps, locked-down and under curfew. The conflict in Rakhine State also has an ethnic dimension; Rohingya are treated as illegal immigrants under Burma’s 1982 Citizenship Law, and thereby denied the most basic rights. The…

Communal or political violence?

The nation is witnessing the serious post electoral violence against the Hindu people across the country in the name of democracy. The Hindus are dragged and exposed by the ruling party who are prone to communal violence since long. The worst areas those are reported to have witnessed post electoral violence are Jessore, Dinajpur, Thakurgaon, Satkhira and Gaibandha. As the heading questions whether this violence can be termed as communal…