Every day at dusk during the fasting month, over a hundred residents get a free meal to break their fast in a garage-turned-dining room on Jl. Dr. Wahidin, Lawang district, Malang regency, East Java. This is an 18-year-old tradition maintained by Paguyuban Metta, a Buddhist association in the city.
On 28-29 March 2016, U Myint Swe, President of RfP Myanmar and Rev. Kyoichi Sugino, Deputy Secretary General of RfP International, visited Sittwe, Rakhine State, Myanmar, the scene of major inter-communal violence between Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims in 2012. Further sporadic outbreaks since then have left scores dead and over 140,000 displaced.
The UN’s rights envoy to Myanmar has expressed alarm over the enactment of a controversial population control law, the first of four race and religion bills considered to be discriminatory against ethnic and religious minorities.
Pope Francis has become the second pontiff to visit a Buddhist temple, changing his schedule at the last minute to pay his respects at an important place of worship in Sri Lanka’s capital and to witness a key ritual for Buddhists: the opening of a casket containing relics of two important disciples of the Buddha.
China is to publish online details of legal religious venues, the official Xinhua news agency reported today, apparently in an effort to identify unsanctioned groups as part of an effort to “root out illegal religious activities”. – See more at:
Analysis: How to reverse Buddhism’s radical turn in Southeast Asia?
(CNN) — Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has made a renewed call for Buddhists in Myanmar and Sri Lanka to cease violence towards the countries’ Muslim minorities, in an address delivered on his 79th birthday.
At 24, Freeman Trebilcock is a young Buddhist monk who thinks actions speak louder than words, which is why he is often very busy. Recently on the road with the visiting Nepalese singing nun, Ani Choying Drolma, the organising demands of the tour tested Freeman’s Buddhist practice to the limit.
The Role of Interfaith in Disaster
A workshop examining The Role of Interfaith in Disaster was held at ICRS Yogyakarta. Participants included UNOCHA, Muhammadiah, Karina KAS, Humanitarian Forum Indonesia (HFI) and Pos Keadilan Peduli Ummat (PKPU).
The Buddhist Coalition for Social Development has led workshops promoting ethnic and religious understandings in local communities.