Buddhist monks lose relevance as they stray from Buddhism, become materialistic, practice non-Buddhist scripts, mistreat other fellow monks, affiliate with the former communists, ruling party, and mass murderers, Templenews.org.
Worshippers are being told to give fewer sweet treats to monks amid fears that their diet is too rich.
Colombo, Sri Lanka — Sri Lankans are being urged to cut down on offerings of sweets and cakes to the country’s Buddhist monks after it was found that half the nation’s holy men are at risk of poor health due to a diet rich in sugar and oil.
Devotees provide the monks with their food – and book up to a year in advance for the chance to cook for them.
The food is made with great care and is often extremely rich, but this has led to the alarming statistic that 50% of the island’s 40,000 monks are at risk of diabetes, compared to the national average of 10%.
The venerated monks are also at higher risk of heart disease, the health ministry says.
Officials have now come up with new guidelines to encourage devotees to donate low-sugar, healthier food for the monks’ diet instead.
The average daily intake of 12 teaspoons of sugar should be reduced to a maximum of eight, according to the new guidelines, while salt should also be sharply reduced.
Alms should not include more than one dish containing cooking oil, the ministry added.
“Diabetes and other non-communicable diseases among Buddhist monks can be reduced if the faithful follow the new diet guidelines,” it said.
Buddhism is the majority religion amongst Sri Lanka’s 20 million people, who believe offering meals, cakes, biscuits and sweets to monks will bring them good karma in this life as well as in the next.
Buddhists who believe in reincarnation also offer food to monks in an attempt to transfer good luck to departed loved ones.
But the ministry says the offerings should consist of long-grain rice, three vegetables and two types of fruit rather than cakes and sweet things.
Courtesy Sky.com, Dec 16, 2012
One of the great treasures along China’s Silk Road is the Mogao cave complex in Dunhuang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 700 caves, decorated with elaborate Buddhist paintings from as far back as 430 AD, can hold about 3,000 people a day, but on some days, up to 8,000 visitors arrive. That’s putting the caves at risk, the Daily Beast reports.
The paintings can be damaged by humidity and carbon dioxide from visitors’ breath. Using a billion-pixel camera, researchers from the nearby Dunhuang Academy are photographing the frescoes to create a three-dimensional recreation of the caves in the site’s visitor center, which is slated to open next year. When the caves are digitized, they can be closed to the public and preserved.
Visitors to the Smithsonian recently got a glimpse of Cave 220, filled with Tang dynasty paintings. The exhibit is due to return to Washington in the spring of 2013; click here for more information about the exhibit. Courtesy Buddhadharma
The late Mr. Loek Sam Oeun, B.E.2472-B.E.2556, A.D.1928 – A.D.2012, former Khmer Issara (Khmer Freedom Movement) member under the leadership of the late Hon. Son Ngoc Thanh, former Company 25 Leader, former Military Region 4 Deputy Commander of the Khmer Republic Armed Forces, passed away on Monday the 4th Waxing Moon of Māgasira B.E.2556, December 17, A.D.2012 at 12 Noon in Boston, Massachusetts United States of America, due to sickness at age 84.
Patna, India — The British Army will send about 4,000 of its troops, who are followers of Buddhism, in a group of 100-150 people to spend a week at Bodh Gaya and Sarnath to seek peace after their prolonged involvement in the war zones in different countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq. They will all meditate under the famous tree at Bodh Gaya, where Lord Buddha had attained enlightenment in 6th century B.C.
Mahabodhi tree has been declared a world heritage site by the Unesco in 2002.
“The British soldiers will start arriving in Bodh Gaya from early next year,” Bihar’s minister for tourism Sunil Kumar Pintu told Mail Today on Monday. “They will arrive in separate groups of about 100-150 people and meditate under the holy tree. They will continue to arrive here throughout the next year.”
Pintu said that the troops will spend six days in Bodh Gaya and one day at Sarnath in Uttar Pradesh.
The minister said that the tourism department of the Bihar government had entered into an agreement with an international travel agency, to facilitate the trips during the World Tourism Mart held in London last month.
“Bihar had taken part in the World Tourism Mart for the first time which was held in London between November 5-8 this year,” he said. “It was during that tourism fair that the officials of the British army got in touch with us through the travel agency. We had three rounds of talks in this regard.”
Pintu said that the exact dates of the British troops had not yet been finalised yet. He stated that the state government would take care of the security of the British soldiers and facilitate their smooth stay in holy south Bihar town. “We will provide our wholehearted support to the British soldiers troops who want to meditate under the Mahabodhi tree,” he said.
The tourism minister said that the British Army had about 4,000 troops who were followers of Buddhism. “Since Bodh Gaya happens to be the holiest of the holy places for the Buddhists, the British army has decided to arrange the trips for its soldiers,” he added.
Stating that he had discussed the details of the trip with the British army officials, Pintu said that most of the British troops coming to Bihar had been deployed in the different countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq in recent times. “The visit to Bodh Gaya and Sarnath is aimed at providing them peace and helping them distress them after their experiences in those countries.”
He said that it was for the first time that such a visit has been organised.
Sushil Kumar Singh, managing director of the travel agency, said that his agency had signed an agreement in this regard with the British Army in London month. He said that Dr Sunil Karyakara, a Buddhist chaplain with the British army, had been made the coordinator for the trips. “We have entered into agreement with the British army to bring the stressed soldiers to various places on the Buddhist circuit,” he said. “But they would spend most of the time at Bodh Gaya.”
Singh said that the exact dates of the first round of the soldiers’ visit had not been finalised but they would start arriving from early next year. “We will hold a meeting with the British army officials in January to chalk out the final itinerary in which Bihar tourism department officials will also be involved,” he said. “The trips would continue in future as well.”
Bihar has witnessed remarkable rise in the number of tourists from the foreign countries in recent years. Last year, the number of international tourists visiting Bihar was 8.70 lakh which was ten times more than what it used to be a decade ago. This year, 8.40 lakh had already visited the state till August and their number was expected to cross 10 lakh by the end of the year. Courtesy the Buddhist Channel by Giridhar Jha, MAIL TODAY, December 10, 2012
Distinguished guests, partners, and civil society leaders. It is my pleasure to march with you today and to celebrate the 64th International Human Rights Day.
Each year on December 10th, we commemorate the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations. In adopting this Declaration, the United States and governments around the world affirmed that human beings are – by birth – endowed with inalienable rights.
Today, we continue the hard work of making human rights a reality for every person, no matter who they are or where they live. Human rights include the freedom to speak, criticize, associate, assemble, and practice one’s religion.
All states have an obligation under international law to respect these fundamental freedoms – whether they are exercised online or offline. Governments also need to ensure that the judicial system is free from political interference to guarantee that these rights are always respected.
We strive to protect these rights in the United States and have made their promotion a core element of our foreign policy. Protecting human rights is essential to strong rule of law, civilian security, economic development, and, ultimately, lasting peace.
This was a key message of President Obama’s during his visit to Cambodia last month, when he urged progress on these issues and stressed that the promise of Cambodia’s great people would only be realized when human rights are fully respected and all voices are heard.
Civil society organizations help to ensure representation of all voices by standing up for those who have been silenced, and they complement government efforts to find innovative solutions to complex issues. History demonstrates the importance of civil society in sustaining vibrant communities – both within and across borders.
As such, the United States supports human rights defenders and engages with activists and civil society organizations here in Cambodia, and around the world, to build local capacity to advocate for fundamental human rights.
Secretary Clinton has said, “Our human rights agenda for the 21st century is to make human rights a reality.” Human Rights Day symbolizes the continuation of the struggle to make human rights truly universal – a reality for all people regardless of race, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, or religion.
In Cambodia, this goal can only be achieved through the active involvement of all Cambodians. In working to strengthen and protect human rights, you are all building a stronger Cambodia that promises a brighter future for generations to come. Thank you. Courtesy the U.S. Embassy to Cambodia Download speech in Khmer hr2012 U.S.Embassy to Cambodia
We’re thrilled New Yorkers will see their landmark building turn blue for Human Rights Watch. We hope it will remind people how important it is to defend human rights for everyone, at home and abroad. Kenneth Roth, executive director
New York – The Empire State Building will turn a vivid blue in honor of Human Rights Watch on December 10, 2012, which marks the annual day to celebrate human rights. The Empire State Building decided to light the building to recognize Human Rights Watch’s 34 years of fighting to promote and protect human rights around the world.
“We’re thrilled New Yorkers will see their landmark building turn blue for Human Rights Watch,” said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. “We hope it will remind people how important it is to defend human rights for everyone, at home and abroad.”
Human Rights Watch works in more than 90 countries worldwide to investigate and expose human rights violations and then press for policy change to end such abuses. By focusing international attention where human rights are violated, Human Rights Watch gives voice to the oppressed and holds oppressors to account for their crimes. Human Rights Watch’s rigorous, neutral investigations and strategic, targeted advocacy build intense pressure for action and raise the cost of human rights abuse. For more than 30 years, Human Rights Watch has worked tenaciously to lay the legal and moral groundwork for deep-rooted change and has fought to bring greater justice and security to people around the world.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted on December 10, 1948, sets out a broad range of rights and freedoms guaranteed to all people around the globe without distinction. In recognition of these rights, the world celebrates Human Rights Day on this day, an opportunity to highlight a specific issue and advocate for the enjoyment of human rights by all people. The focus this year is on making the voices of all – women, youth, minorities, people with disabilities, indigenous people, the poor and marginalized – to be heard in public life and be included in political decision-making. Courtesy HRW
Venerable Saccamuni Luon Sovath visits Wat Ratanaram, Bristol, Connecticut United States of America on Sunday the 5th Waning Moon of Assayuja B.E.2556, November 4, A.D.2012 on occasion of the Kathina Dana ceremony.
Venerable Luon Sovath, a Cambodian Buddhist monk, the 2012 Martin Ennals Award recipient for Human Rights Defenders. The venerable is the 21st laureate and the first Southeast Asian to be presented with the award. He was selected for documenting the struggle of land rights activists and ordinary citizens evicted from their homes in Cambodia. The Cambodian government violates his human and religious rights unabatedly.
Buddhism is the national religion in the Kingdom of Cambodia.
Let us protect, uplift Cambodia and Buddhism
Français: Laissez-nous Protégeons, élevons le Cambodge et le Bouddhisme
The meditation learning enrollment for new and returning students opens now. For residents in other overseas countries, states, provinces and cities, please enroll two months in advance.
The 2557 2013 Meditation and Vipassana (Insight Meditation) to commence on the 12th Waxing Moon of Jeṭṭha B.E.2557 equivalent to June 20, A.D.2013 through the 7th Waning Moon of Jeṭṭha B.E.2557, equivalent to June 30, A.D.2013. This is a 10-day session and opens to all ages including the Buddhist monks. No requirement in knowing the Dhamma, Khmer language, and taking up the precepts. If you could sit, then you could learn samādhi, samatha, or meditation.
Please complete the registration form below and mail to: Wat Kiry Vongsa Bopharam, 100A Cave Hill Road, Leverett, MA 01054-9728 U.S.A.
The Election Committee of the Cambodian Sciety of Rhode Island, CSRI EC, is pleased to invite all Cambodians and the general public to participate in the election of CSRI president for the 2013-2014 term.
When: Sunday January 6, 2013 at 2:00PM – 6:15PM
Venue: 393 Broad Street, Providence, RI 02907
Note: For individual who is interested in running for the CSRI president, please contact the Election Committee members for detailed information on: Mr. Sokvann Sam 401.390.3341, Mr. Son Sek 401.212 .6612 or Emails: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Composed by the late His Holiness Samdech the Great Dr. Jotañano Chuon Nath, Supreme Buddhist Patriarch of the Kingdom of Cambodia Courtesy the Philosophy of H.H. Sangharaja Jotañano Chuon Nath Other poems
Posted on: December 1, 2012 8:15 pm
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Videos and Photos of Vipassana classes at our Peace Meditation Center - Wat Kiryvongsa Bopharam in Leverett, Massachusetts, USA
A Dhamma Talk on Vipassana and mindfulness meditation by Vipassana Gossalaya Jotannano Hong Keo, Vipassana Buddhist Master during a 10-Day Meditation & Vipassana Retreats at the Buddhist Meditation Center, Wat Kiryvongsa Bopharam on the 11th Waxing Moon – 7th Waning Moon of Jeṭṭha B.E.2560 equivalent to June 15 – 26, A.D.2016 in Leverett, Massachusetts, U.S.A. in 2016.
ក្រុងសាវត្ថី Sāvatthī or Śrāvastī
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