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Wise, irrepresssible, and a bit of a troublemaker

MARTIN FLANAGANDecember 5, 2009 SULAK Sivaraksa, who is in Melbourne for the Parliament of the World's Religions, says he is known by many labels in his home country of Thailand. To some he is "the Siamese intellectual". "To the Thai Government," he says with some...

George Willoughby

George and Lillian Willoughby served as a model couple. They lived together for more than 60 years with love and understanding. They led a simple lifestyle that challenged mainstream society nonviolently. In this respect they are worthy of emulation and respect. ...

An Ashram without a Guru

By Siddhartha Over the years, thousands of people have passed through Fireflies Ashram, located just outside the city of Bangalore, in India. Here is a short note on this ashram. An ashram is a place of refuge for people who are seekers, those on a spiritual...

UnHappy Laos.

The article below is written by Christina McMellon a PhD student at Edinburgh University's Centre for Research on Families and Relationships. Her research explores how young Lao volunteers in Vientiane understand and experience happiness and she has recently returned...

POTENTIALS AND PITFALLS IN INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE

 - Hans Ucko - ?No religion is an island? is a paraphrase on John Donne?s powerful words: ?No man is an island?. I have many times heard this paraphrase by the Jewish scholar A.J. Heschel and I have often used it myself. It is strange that we have to say it. Of...

Mourning for Her

Mourning for Her Written by Venerable Wu Yin Translated by Shwu-Jen You ? (1) I am the girl who was raped. I take the time tunnel back to India, To a speeding bus in New Delhi, A weary and terrified girl with her helpless boyfriend: Grieving and wailing, our shaking...

Lessons from Fukushima

?Mothers come to me, almost every day, asking what they can do for their children?They tell me about the doctors they have seen and the hospitals they have visited?but still there is no clear answer for their children?As a Buddhist priest, I am talking to them and...

How to Achieve Our Democracy

The word "democracy" appeared in the First Declaration of the People's Party which was announced and distributed to the public on 24 June 1932. It states: "It is necessary that the country has a government like in a democracy; that is, the country's head of state must...

Aung San Suu Kyi?s Buddhism Problem

Why isn't Burma's democracy icon speaking up for minorities -- and against her country's nationalistic, racist, xenophobic, and occasionally violent Buddhist majority? BY WILLIAM MCGOWAN | SEPTEMBER 17, 2012  ? During her long struggle against Burma's generals,...

Culture and Reconciliation

The Adelaide Festival of Ideas 12-15 July 2001 Culture is such an intangible network of beliefs, rituals, language, and history that it is difficult to start this talk with a functional definition. Similarly, reconciliation is a concept which is constantly evolving...

Buddhist Solutions to Global Conflict

It is indeed a great honour to be invited to give the Padmapani lecture.  Last year I had the privilege of visiting the Ajanta Caves and the most striking painting in one of the caves was that of Padmapani, which moved me so much-not only artistically but also...

Spiritual Dimension of Democracy

The English claimed to be the prime mover of modern democracy, with constitutional monarchy?which is not quite true Modern republican democracy in fact started in the USA as the American patriots rebelled against British colonialism.  The French Revolution of...

M. L. Bunluea Thepyasuwan : A Civilized Woman

Dr. Susan F. Kepner University of California, Berkeley ? http://th.wikipedia.org M.L. Bunluea Thepyasuwan (1911-1982) was a revered teacher of literature, a novelist, and a leading contributor to the development of Thai education during the Thai twentieth century....