Burma

  • Buddha Buzz: The Mindful Lifestyle Movement and "Insta-Karma" Paid Member

    Over at Maclean's Anne Kingston surveys the world of corporate mindfulness and the Buddhist reaction. "What has gripped Western attention," writes Kingston, "is mindfulness's ability to improve performance—of Olympic athletes, parents, and even nations, as promised in U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan’s 2012 bestseller, Mindful Nation." Mindfulness: the panacea to all our personal and societal ills. Tech entrepreneurs, corporations (benevolent and evil), publishers (Buddhist and non-Buddhist), and life-coaches of all stripes have been quick to capitalize on the "mindful" vogue. More »
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    Aung San Suu Kyi gives alms and robes to monks Paid Member

    Aung San Suu Kyi, freed after being detained for 15 of the last 21 years, greeted monks outside the headquarters of her National League for Democracy. Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi offered alms to hundreds of Buddhist monks and nuns on Wednesday—the first major meeting between her and the Buddhist Order since her release last month. About 780 Buddhist monks and 119 nuns showed up to receive cash and material donations at Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) party office in Rangoon. An NLD party member said that although Suu Kyi planned to donate to as many as 150 monks, other monks and nuns from across the former capital also joined the occasion. “We could not offer robes to all the monks. So, we had to donate slippers and cash to them instead,” he said. More »
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    Beautiful Photos of Buddhism in Burma Paid Member

    These photographs of Buddhism in Burma, by Joaquin Gomez Sastre, are fantastic. Check the rest of them out here. Images: Joaquin Gomez Sastre More »
  • Happy Birthday Aung San Suu Kyi! Paid Member

    We would like to wish Aung San Suu Kyi a happy 65th birthday today.  Sadly however, the Burmese opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner will be celebrating while still detained under house arrest in Rangoon. Yesterday, in celebration of her birthday, a series of previously unreleased photographs of Aung San Suu Kyi and her family were made available to the public. As reported by guardian.co.uk, She is known to the world as a human rights activist who has spent 14 of the last 20 years under house arrest as punishment for demanding democracy in her home country. But in these photographs Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is shown not as the fearless campaigner who has given up her liberty for the sake of her nation, but as a young woman in love and a doting mother. More »
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    A Little Bit of Compassion, from Oregon to Burma Paid Member

    As the tragedy in Burma continues to loom over our hearts, there are yet some uplifting stories to be found. While looking through the April 2008 issue of Ink on the Cat (the newsletter of The Zen Community of Oregon), I came across the news that the ZCO Sangha had assisted in the sponsorship of a Burmese refugee family. They are a family of five, now in Portland, having come from a refuge camp in Thailand they lived in for four years. It is the education of their children (14, 13, and 9 years old), they say, that lead them to cross such long distances. More »