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Columbia University Hosts Buddhist Chaplaincy Conference in New York

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University hosted an international conference on Buddhist chaplaincy and faith-based social services from 4–5 May. The conference was co-sponsored by the International Center of Chinese Buddhist Culture and Education in the US and the International Center for Buddhist Studies at Renmin University in Beijing.

Shared meals and torch-lit parades: Indonesia Muslims welcome Ramadan

From cleaning up relatives' graves and sharing food with the poor to holding colourful torch-lit street parades, millions of Indonesians are getting ready to welcome the holy month of Ramadan in the world's populous Muslim-majority country.

Sri Lanka expels 200 clerics after attacks as Catholics celebrate Mass in private

Sri Lanka has banned about 200 Muslim clerics as a security operation and investigation continue into the Easter Sunday massacre that killed more than 250 people.

Trump, others offer sympathies, as hate crime motive probed in synagogue attack

Authorities in Poway say they are reviewing social media of 19-year-old suspect to establish motive behind deadly shooting.

Vicars and priests to be trained in how to deal with church terror attack

It comes as intelligence suggests the chance of assaults on churches by Isis fanatics is at an "all-time high".

McMaster University Receives Major Grant from Japan’s Society for the Promotion of Buddhism

The Society for the Promotion of Buddhism, known in Japanese as Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai (BDK), has awarded McMaster University C$1.2 million (US$891,000) to establish a Numata Visiting Scholar Program in Buddhist Studies. The grant comes as the Department of Religious Studies at McMaster University, based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, is experiencing heightened interest in its Buddhist Studies program.

VBS in Kon Tum holds meeting on UN Vesak 2019

The Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS) Executive Committee in Kon Tum held on April 30 a meeting on UN Vesak 2019 at its office based in Hue Chieu pagoda.

ISIS threatens to carry out attacks in India, Bangladesh; names new 'emir'

Days after a spate of suicide attacks on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka that killed over 250 people, the Islamic State affiliate group has issued a direct threat to carry out attacks in India and Bangladesh. According to a report by The Times of India, the ISIS has appointed Abu Muhammed al-Bengali as a new 'emir' (chief) in Bangladesh.

Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan Hosts Third International Vajrayana Conference

Bhutan on Thursday held a grand opening ceremony to launch the Third International Conference on Vajrayana Buddhism in the capital Thimphu, presided over by the prime minister of Bhutan, Lotay Tshering. Titled “Techniques in Vajrayana Buddhism” and running until 20 April, the forum brings together more than 30 speakers from Bhutan and around the world, along with a similarly global lineup of dignitaries, guests, and attendees to present, examine, and discuss traditional and contemporary approaches to practicing Vajrayana Buddhism in the 21st century.

Pope Francis laments Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka

Pope Francis laments the Easter Sunday attacks on several churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, which killed at least 207 people and wounded more than 450 others.

The University of Hong Kong hosts International Buddhist Values and Economics Conference

From 13-14 April the Center of Buddhist Studies (CBS) at The University of Hong Kong (HKU) hosted an international conference titled, “Buddhist Values and Economics: Investing in a Sustainable Future.” The conference, sponsored by GS Charity Foundation Limited, drew speakers and workshop presenters from across North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. The conference addressed a wide range of perspectives, from academic analysis of early Buddhist texts and interpretations of wealth to contemporary applications of Buddhist values for business leaders and investors.

Al Aqsa mosque catches fire same time as Notre Dame Cathedral

A fire broke out at the roof of a structure known as Al Marwani prayer room in Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.

Fire ravages soaring Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris left aghast

A fire swept across the top of the Notre Dame Cathedral while the soaring Paris landmark was under renovations Monday, collapsing its spire and threatening one of the world’s greatest architectural treasures as locals and tourists watched aghast from the streets.

Dong Son bronze drums found in Malaysia date back 2000 years

Eight Dong Son bronze drums discovered in several locations around the Malaysian peninsula are believed to have been left behind sometime between 500 BC-500 AD.

The world’s largest wooden ancient temple in Japan and historical account of Vietnamese monk

Todaiji temple is a Buddhist temple complex located in former capital Nara of Japan. The temple has been the largest wooden ancient temple in the world.

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