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  • Buddha Buzz: Sex Tape and the Sangha Paid Member

    In Lowell, Massachusetts, a sex-tape scandal involves neither unscrupulous celebrities nor hapless victims of disgruntled exes, but a Buddhist temple, a monk, and a community organizer with some shady finances. The city's Cambodian community has been rocked by the recording of prominent community leader Maya Men having sex with a monk—in a temple. Both Men and the monk, Ven. Nhem Kimteng, were part of an executive committee responsible for fundraising and overseeing the construction of a new $10 million temple, thus involving the area's sizable Cambodian community, which settled in Lowell in the 1970s following the Khmer Rouge-led genocide in Cambodia. The committee was already mired in controversy with accusations of suspicious finances and a lack of transparency. More »
  • 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 »
  • Islam-Buddhism dialogue to be held in Iran Paid Member

    via the AhlulBayt News Agency, Second round of Islam-Buddhism interfaith dialogue titled "Role of Religions in Confronting Violence in Human Societies" is to be held in the holy city of Qom.The preliminary session for this conference is to be held in the Organization of Culture and Islamic Communication on April 16.Second round of interfaith dialogue between Islam and Buddhism is to be attended by Mohammad Reza Dehshiri, educational deputy and Mohammad Hussein Mozaffari, head of interfaith dialogue center and also, Nanarata head of Pali Buddhism Study Center.The conference is to be held in the University of Religions and Denominations of Qom on April 18, 2011.     More »