Israel’s agriculture minister leads prayers for water

WHAT DO YOU DO IF YOUR COUNTRY IS FACING WATER SHORTAGES EXACERBATED BY CLIMATE CHANGE? PRAY, APPARENTLY — ISRAEL’S AGRICULTURE MINISTER LEADS PRAYERS FOR WATER

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What Do You Do If Your Country Is Facing Water Shortages Exacerbated By Climate Change? Pray, Apparently — Israel’s Agriculture Minister Leads Prayers For Water
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Religious extremism poses threat to ASEAN’s growth

Asia – December 13, 2017 3:14 pm JST Cover story

Aided by social media, hardliners gain mainstream support

GWEN ROBINSON, Chief editor, and SIMON ROUGHNEEN, Asia regional correspondent

Buddhist monks protest the visit of a U.N. official in Yangon on Jan. 16, 2015. According to local media reports, they were angry that the international organization had urged the government to give members of the Rohingya minority citizenship. © Reuters

YANGON/JAKARTA — With Mt. Agung billowing volcanic ash into the sky above his home in Bali, Khairy Susanto was unsure if he could fly back after joining tens of thousands of fellow Indonesian Islamists at a rally near the presidential palace in Jakarta.

“Inshallah, we can fly, but it doesn’t matter, we will be OK,” Susanto said. “We are happy to be here today to celebrate our victory.” Continue reading “Religious extremism poses threat to ASEAN’s growth”

American clergyman leads rare event in Vietnam

More than 10,000 Vietnamese have filled up a stadium Dec. 8, 2017 in a rare Christian evangelistic event led by the Rev. Franklin Graham, who says he wants the communist government to consider Christians its best citizens. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

More than 10,000 Vietnamese have filled up a stadium Dec. 8, 2017 in a rare Christian evangelistic event led by the Rev. Franklin Graham, who says he wants the communist government to consider Christians its best citizens. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

 More than 10,000 people filled a sports center in Hanoi last week to listen to American religious leader Franklin Graham.

The clergyman told the crowd he wants Vietnam’s communist government to consider Christians its best citizens. Continue reading “American clergyman leads rare event in Vietnam”

China’s top paper warns party officials against ‘spiritual anesthesia’

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s top newspaper warned Communist Party officials on Thursday not to “pray to God and worship Buddha”, because communism is about atheism and superstition is at the root of many corrupt officials who fall from grace.

China officially guarantees freedom of religion for major belief systems like Christianity, Buddhism and Islam, but party members are meant to be atheists and are especially banned from participating in what China calls superstitious practices like visiting soothsayers.

The party’s official People’s Daily said in a commentary it had not been uncommon over the past few years to see officials taken down for corruption to have also participated in “feudalistic superstitious activities”.

“In fact, some officials often go to monasteries, pray to God and worship Buddha,” it said. “Some officials are obsessed with rubbing shoulders with masters, fraternizing with them as brothers and becoming their lackeys and their money-trees.”

Khi quan chức ngày càng mê tín

07:00 | 09/04/2013

(Petrotimes) – Chưa có kết luận chính xác nào cho rằng những người tin vào thánh thần, tin vào truyền thuyết, huyền thoại để cầu cúng, lễ bái là có trình độ dân trí thấp, cần phải giáo dục. Nhiều tín đồ có trình độ học vấn cao, họ vẫn “siêu mê tín” vào đấng thần linh có thể cứu rỗi họ. Nhiều vị tổng thống có tiếng trên thế giới, khi nhậm chức còn ngửa tay lên trời cầu nguyện Thượng đế ban phước lành.

Minh Vũ (NLM số 211)

Cuộc sống ngày càng khó khăn và nhộn nhạo thì con người càng dễ tìm về cội nguồn, hướng về một tôn giáo hay tín ngưỡng nào đó để họ có niềm tin trong cuộc sống. Có một điều rất quen thuộc là, cho dù sự thành công là kết quả của lỗ lực bản thân nhưng người ta vẫn không quên nói rằng đó là do “có quý nhân phù hộ” hay “Trời Phật có mắt”.

Và quan chức ở ta cũng không nằm ngoài quy luật ấy. Thậm chí họ mê tín hơn hẳn những người chắc có chức vụ bởi càng có chức vụ lớn thì họ càng cần phải có một chỗ dựa tinh thần vững chắc để tiếp tục đấu tranh trong công việc, cọ sát cùng môi trường làm việc cạnh tranh khốc liệt. Đôi lúc, nó còn là “ô dù” lớn nhất che đỡ cho thành công chốn quan trường. Continue reading “Khi quan chức ngày càng mê tín”

Trí tuệ cho phát triển Tâm linh

Chào các bạn,

Dưới đây mình chia sẻ với các bạn một đoạn đối thoại của mình với bạn mình tên Mai và bạn trai của Mai là Duy (mình đổi tên để tôn trọng riêng tư cho bạn)

Mình viết cho Mai

Hằng có chuyện này muốn hỏi Mai. Hằng cũng suy nghĩ mãi chưa biết nói với Mai và Duy ra sao.

Hằng thấy gần đây Duy hay nói đến Osho đưa hình ảnh và những câu nói của Osho

Trước hết Hằng muốn gửi Mai đọc một chút về Osho và những bê bối và tội phạm dính líu tới Osho mà phương Tây gọi là “ông thầy tình dục – sex guru”.

Về Osho https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rajneesh

Tất nhiên thầy nào cũng có xì xào và bị tấn công từ Thích Nhất Hạnh đến Dalai Lama, đến Jesus, Phật Thích Ca. Có điều Thầy dạy một kiểu nhưng trò dốt thì trò vẫn làm điều ngu dốt.

Trong thời hiện đại, có một điều Nhất Hạnh, hay Dalai Lama chưa bao giờ nhắc đến Osho. Continue reading “Trí tuệ cho phát triển Tâm linh”

Sexual assaults and violent rages… Inside the dark world of Buddhist teacher Sogyal Rinpoche

Mick Brown 21 SEPTEMBER 2017 • 6:00AM
telegraph.co.uk_In August last year, Sogyal Rinpoche, the Tibetan lama whose book The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying has sold more than three million copies around the world, and made him probably the best known Tibetan Buddhist teacher after the Dalai Lama, gave his annual teaching at his French centre Lerab Ling.

Sogyal’s organisation Rigpa – a Tibetan word meaning the essential nature of mind – has more than 100 centres in 40 countries around the world, but Lerab Ling, situated in rolling countryside in L’Hérault is the jewel in the crown. Boasting what is said to be the largest Tibetan Buddhist temple in the West, it was formally opened in 2008 by the Dalai Lama, with Carla Bruni Sarkozy, then France’s first lady, and a host of other dignitaries in attendance.

Sogyal is regarded by his students as a living embodiment of the Buddhist teachings of wisdom and compassion, but a man who teaches in a highly unorthodox way, known as ‘crazy wisdom’.

At Lerab Ling, more than 1000 students were gathered in the temple as he walked on stage, accompanied by his attendant, a Danish nun named Ani Chokyi. Sogyal, who is 70, is a portly, bespectacled man who requires a footstool to mount the throne from which he customarily teaches. Approaching the throne, he paused, then turned suddenly and punched the nun hard in the stomach.

Continue reading “Sexual assaults and violent rages… Inside the dark world of Buddhist teacher Sogyal Rinpoche”

Điểm phim: “Bước cùng tôi”, một lời mời từ Thích Nhất Hạnh

English: Review: ‘Walk With Me,’ an Invitation From Thich Nhat Hanh

Bước cùng tôi là một phim tư liệu dài 1h28 phút của đạo diễn Marc J. Francis và Max Pugh

Một cảnh trong phim “Bước cùng tôi” mô tả cộng đồng phật tử Thiền tông ở làng quê Pháp Ảnh: Speakit Productions Ltd/GathrFilms

Bộ phim tài liệu “Bước cùng tôi” đem đến một nốt lặng bình yên cho bất kỳ ai đang trĩu nặng tâm trí bởi cuộc sống hiện tại. Bộ phim làm thư giãn đầu óc và xoa dịu tâm hồn. Nội dung chậm rãi và hướng nội của bộ phim dường như là một ý tưởng không tồi dành cho những ai cảm thấy âu lo, mệt mỏi.

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Continue reading “Điểm phim: “Bước cùng tôi”, một lời mời từ Thích Nhất Hạnh”

What effect did the Crusades have on the Middle East?

The Europeans besiege Jerusalem, seeking to "liberate" it from Muslim rule, 1099.
The Crusaders or Franks attack Jerusalem during the First Crusade, 1099. Getty Images

Updated June 13, 2017

Between 1095 and 1291, Christians from western Europe launched a series of eight major invasions against the Middle East. These attacks, called the Crusades, were aimed at “liberating” the Holy Land and Jerusalem from Muslim rule.

The Crusades were sparked by religious fervor in Europe, by exhortations from various Popes, and by the need to rid Europe of excess warriors left over from regional wars.

What effect did these attacks, which came from out of the blue from the perspective of Muslims and Jews in the Holy Land, have on the Middle East? Continue reading “What effect did the Crusades have on the Middle East?”

Return of the Zen Master: World-renowned Thich Nhat Hanh touches down in Vietnam

By Vi Vu   August 29, 2017 | 04:32 pm GMT+7

Return of the Zen Master: World-renowned Thich Nhat Hanh touches down in Vietnam

Buddhist Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh in a photo in 2010. Photo by Reuters

The 91-year-old Buddhist monk was in good spirits and is expected to visit his hometown Hue.

e.vnexpress_World-famous Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh arrived in Da Nang in central Vietnam at around noon on Tuesday on a flight from Bangkok, the first return to his home country in a decade, according to a local media report.

The Buddhist monk was stable and waved to followers as he left the airport, said Giac Ngo, the news website of the Buddhist Shangha of Vietnam. Photos of him sitting in a wheelchair at the airport were also published.

Continue reading “Return of the Zen Master: World-renowned Thich Nhat Hanh touches down in Vietnam”

Christianity and Violence: The Crusades

Knight of the Crusades
Knight of the Crusades. donald_gruener/E+/Getty

TC – by Austin Cline – Updated March 17, 2016

One of the most famous examples of religious violence in the Middle Ages is of course the Crusades – attempts by European Christians to impose their vision of religion upon Jews, Orthodox Christians, heretics, Muslims, and just about anyone else who happened to get in the way. Traditionally the term “Crusades” are limited to describing massive military expeditions by Christians to the Middle East, but it is more accurate to acknowledge that there also existed “crusades” internal to Europe and directed at local minority groups. Continue reading “Christianity and Violence: The Crusades”

A history of the Vatican Bank

WF – The Vatican Bank is undergoing yet another series of reforms in an effort to shed the scandals of the past. Jules Gray looks at the history of the Catholic Church’s troubled financial arm 

Cardinal George Pell during a sermon at the Papal Basilica of St Paul’s Cathedral in Rome, Italy
Cardinal George Pell during a sermon at the Papal Basilica of St Paul’s Cathedral in Rome, Italy

Author: Jules Gray – September 5, 2014

Perhaps more than any other, the Vatican Bank should be expected to maintain the highest of moral standards in the way it conducts its business. However, despite its saintly links, the bank that acts on behalf of the Catholic Church has developed a reputation for corruption, scandal and mismanagement over the last few decades.

Murder, bribery, suspicious deaths, money laundering, and many other nefarious acts have been linked to the bank that is officially known as the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR). Continue reading “A history of the Vatican Bank”

Merchants in the Temple

By Thought Matters –  11/16/2015 03:47 pm ET Updated Nov 13, 2016

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By Gianluigi Nuzzi

Pope Francis Issues a Shocking Accusation

On July 28, 2013, a few hours after his customary religious obligations, Pope Francis prepared to go to the Apostolic Palace. As always, he checked his datebook first. “This is what I’ve always done. I carry it in a black briefcase. Inside is a razor, a breviary, an appointment book, and a book to read.” The Pope carefully reviewed his notes. That morning he had a meeting with Archbishop Jean Louis Bruguès, the librarian and archivist of the Holy See. But his most important appointment of the day was a noon meeting scheduled to take place in one of the most inaccessible and mysterious spaces in the Palace: the Sala Bologna, on the third floor, between the papal apartment recently vacated by Benedict XVI and the quarters of the Secretariat of State. Continue reading “Merchants in the Temple”

Witch Hunts in Europe: Timeline

A History of Pursuit of Accused Witches

Saul and the Witch of Endor, 1526. Artist: Cornelisz van Oostsanen, Jacob (ca. 1470-1533)
Saul and the Witch of Endor, 1526. Artist: Cornelisz van Oostsanen, Jacob (ca. 1470-1533). Heritage Images/Getty Images / Getty Images

TC – Updated August 11, 2017

The history of witchcraft in Europe begins with both folk beliefs and with religious and classical texts. The texts have roots in Hebrew, Greek and Roman history. The development of beliefs about what witchcraft meant — and especially the history of its gradual identification as a kind of heresy — takes effect over hundreds of years. I have also included a few American and global events for perspective on the history of witchcraft trials and executions. Continue reading “Witch Hunts in Europe: Timeline”

Khủng hoảng Qatar: Bẫy hiểm của Mỹ với đồng minh

BĐVNhững gì đã xảy ra với Saddam Hussein trong cuộc chiến tranh Iran – Iraq cho thấy cái bẫy của người Mỹ luôn rất nguy hiểm với đối tác, đồng minh…

 Cuộc khủng hoảng xoay quanh quân cờ di động Qatar đang đưa Ả-rập Saudi vào thế nguy hiểm
Cuộc khủng hoảng xoay quanh quân cờ di động Qatar đang đưa Ả-rập Saudi vào thế nguy hiểm

Cuộc khủng hoảng ngoại giao Qatar vẫn còn nóng và sẽ còn nóng. Vấn đề bắt đầu và xoay quanh việc Ả-rập Saudi khởi xướng và nhanh chóng kéo đồng minh vào “đánh hội đồng” Qatar với nghi ngờ quốc gia này đồng phạm khủng bố.

Tuy nhiên, cái đích mà mũi tên của Riyadh hướng tới là Tehran – kẻ thù lớn nhất của Riyadh, còn tiểu quốc Trung Đông thực ra chỉ là một quân cờ di động. Continue reading “Khủng hoảng Qatar: Bẫy hiểm của Mỹ với đồng minh”