Buddhist – Hellven http://hellven.org/ Fri, 24 Sep 2021 22:03:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://hellven.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/cropped-icon-2-32x32.png Buddhist – Hellven http://hellven.org/ 32 32 Cambodia halts festival after Covid peak https://hellven.org/cambodia-halts-festival-after-covid-peak/ https://hellven.org/cambodia-halts-festival-after-covid-peak/#respond Fri, 24 Sep 2021 16:22:46 +0000 https://hellven.org/cambodia-halts-festival-after-covid-peak/ SCRAP FESTIVAL A woman offers food and alms to a Buddhist monk as she prays during the Pchum Ben (Festival of Death) festival in front of a pagoda in Phnom Penh on September 24, 2021 as authorities have interrupted festival celebrations after a Covid-19 outbreak among monks in the capital. AFP PHOTO PHNOM PENH: Cambodia […]]]>

SCRAP FESTIVAL A woman offers food and alms to a Buddhist monk as she prays during the Pchum Ben (Festival of Death) festival in front of a pagoda in Phnom Penh on September 24, 2021 as authorities have interrupted festival celebrations after a Covid-19 outbreak among monks in the capital. AFP PHOTO

PHNOM PENH: Cambodia has canceled its “Festival of the Dead” – an annual celebration where Buddhist worshipers pay homage to deceased loved ones – after a coronavirus outbreak among monks in the capital.

Devotees from all over the country visit the pagodas during the two-week Pchum Ben festival to offer prayers and food to the spirits of their ancestors.

This year’s celebration began on Tuesday but will end early this weekend after nearly 50 Buddhist monks tested positive for the coronavirus and authorities locked their temple in Phnom Penh.

The cancellation of the festival was “necessary to control the spread of Covid-19 (…) as Cambodia reopens schools and plans to reopen the country,” Prime Minister Hun Sen said in a statement Thursday evening.

Cambodia largely avoided the spread of the pandemic last year, but the surge in infections since has recorded more than 105,000 cases and nearly 2,200 deaths.

He nevertheless received praise for a rapid vaccination campaign, with Cambodia’s health ministry saying more than 98% of the country’s adult population has received at least one dose.

Schools in some low-risk areas of the country reopened last week and Hun Sen said a pilot program allowing fully vaccinated international travelers to travel was under consideration.


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Stylized Buddhist “devotees” are the latest prey to digital media exploitation https://hellven.org/stylized-buddhist-devotees-are-the-latest-prey-to-digital-media-exploitation/ https://hellven.org/stylized-buddhist-devotees-are-the-latest-prey-to-digital-media-exploitation/#respond Fri, 24 Sep 2021 07:56:00 +0000 https://hellven.org/stylized-buddhist-devotees-are-the-latest-prey-to-digital-media-exploitation/ In one video, several women, each sporting an impressive hairstyle, sit neatly on mattresses, seemingly in meditation, their oversized halo-shaped outlines projected into the background. Douyin announced on September 23 his decision to crack down on fraudulent marketing behavior involving foyuan, with many suspended or canceled accounts. Foyuan is a fairly new term, with for […]]]>

In one video, several women, each sporting an impressive hairstyle, sit neatly on mattresses, seemingly in meditation, their oversized halo-shaped outlines projected into the background.

Douyin announced on September 23 his decision to crack down on fraudulent marketing behavior involving foyuan, with many suspended or canceled accounts.

Foyuan is a fairly new term, with for literally referring to “Buddha”, while yuan is a formal term for a beautiful woman. Thereby foyuan are stylish women who have become online celebrities by posting pictures or videos featuring them in a “devotional” activity, often in temple grounds.

With a little imagination, such scenes of piety are exploited to fake public figures who become ideal objects for digital marketing.

In one video, several women, each sporting an impressive hairstyle, sit neatly on mattresses, seemingly in meditation, their oversized halo-shaped outlines projected into the background.

Stylized Buddhist

In another clip, a “devout” woman is copying Buddhist scriptures.

In another clip, a “devout” woman is copying Buddhist scriptures, and the physical movement involved in wielding the brush showcases her natural gifts.

Another young woman walks through the temple, holding an antiquated umbrella, a period piece worthy of a television series featuring the infighting of the imperial court.

Other scenarios show these women enjoying tea or burning incense.

In all these pious false scenarios, the object of consecration has shifted from the Buddha to these elegantly dressed actresses, their flowing braids, their disguises or their seductive silhouettes.

In this age where data algorithms are the paramount measure of business success, nothing is too sacred to be exploited by unscrupulous marketers.

Apparent devotees are not only devoid of genuine religious sentiments, but also lack basic respect for etiquette and dress code in a temple. According to state regulations, any business activity conducted in the name of religion is strictly prohibited.

These heavily scripted and edited scenes clearly suggest how easily these women bow down to Mammon’s altar.

Thanks to the latest cleaning efforts, when you enter “for the yuan“In Douyin’s search engine, the results are an injunction:” Be your true self, gain the lasting affection of people. Say no to the fake public figure and unscrupulous marketing. “


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LankaWeb – An Orderly English Upasaka https://hellven.org/lankaweb-an-orderly-english-upasaka/ https://hellven.org/lankaweb-an-orderly-english-upasaka/#respond Wed, 22 Sep 2021 23:57:53 +0000 https://hellven.org/lankaweb-an-orderly-english-upasaka/ By Dr Tilak S. Fernando Lord Buddha said on his deathbed: Don’t believe what others say just because others say it! Do not believe it because you have heard it from a wise being, but only believe something when you know it in your Heart.“ The Heart is supposed to be the seat of feeling, […]]]>

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Lord Buddha said on his deathbed: Don’t believe what others say just because others say it! Do not believe it because you have heard it from a wise being, but only believe something when you know it in your Heart.

The Heart is supposed to be the seat of feeling, which changes in a fraction of an instant regarding emotions. At the same time, it is designed for spiritual experience and wisdom! When someone is not inclined to spirituality or has no wisdom, one can blindly follow the path of life. Nature consists of both good and evil to overcome and maintain balance, which means the universe exists on dualism. Whoever goes beyond dualism can taste the Absolute and smell its fragrance or discover its intrinsically enlightened state of mind.

Nature consists of both good and evil to overcome and maintain balance: which means the universe exists on dualism. Whoever goes beyond dualism can taste the Absolute and smell its fragrance or discover its intrinsically enlightened state of mind.

A homeless

buddhists recite ‘gatha’ daily, especially on Poya (full moon) day observing ‘Ata Sil’. They promise to abide by the five main precepts mentioned by Lord Buddha to lead a practical life. One person who achieved such a state of mind was Anagarika Dharmapala. On September 17, 1864, one of the richest Buddhist entrepreneurs in Ceylon – Don Carolis Hewavitharana and Mallika Hewavitharana gave birth to Don David Hewavitharana.

Young Hewavitharana attended Royal College, St. Thomas’ College and St. Benedict’s College in Colombo. Growing up from childhood to adulthood, he observed that many Buddhists were heading for some alien and unnatural phenomenon, which resulted in Buddhism on the verge of collapse in Ceylon.

It is very difficult for a human being to observe these five principles regularly in a lifetime, but Don David Hewavitharana had taken the oath of chastity in his youth. After ordination as Anagarika Dharmapala, he became the first Sri Lankan Buddhist evangelist to contribute to non-violent Buddhist nationalism and patriotism.

Anagarika Dharmapala means a ‘a homeless’ and ‘the protector of the dhamma’
respectively. He began to travel the world dressed in the robe of a Buddhist devotee and as a religious propagandist, thus placing himself halfway between a Buddhist priest and a layman.

Buddhists regarded Anagarika Dharmapala as the pioneer of the revival of Buddhism in India, when Buddhism was virtually extinct for several centuries. He also became known as the first Buddhist to preach Buddhist philosophy in Asia, North America, and Europe. When Henry Steel Olcott and Helena Blavatsky created the Theosophical Society, Anagarika Dharmapala became a prominent reformer and revivalist of Buddhism in Ceylon. He was known as the fundamental dignitary of the Western agenda, thus becoming one of the most revered Buddhists of the 20th century.

Andrew Redhead

Anagarika Dharmapala lived 157 years ago. But Andrew Redhead of Warrington, Cheshire, UK, a Christian born and unmarried at the age of thirty-five, rushed to Sri Saddhatissa Buddhist Center in North West London
twenty-three years ago. He wanted to become a Buddhist, ordained by Aggamahapandittha Balangoda Ananda Maitreya Mahanayake Thera. The eminent monk was the patron of the Buddhist Center, and the Venerable observed the rainy season (Vassana retreat) in London at this time.

Andrew wanted to know if he had drifted into an emotional state that was foreign to him? He then started reading books on Buddhism at the age of eleven and acquired a good knowledge of philosophy. He later became a firm believer in one of Lord Buddha’s sermons, which he memorized:

Brethren, you have neither mother nor father to take care of you. If you don’t care about each other, who else. me ask will do it? Brothers, whoever would like to sit with me, wait for the sick“.

It may seem quite unnatural for an eleven year old English boy to have developed an interest in theology at such a young age and transformed into a completely different faith! But in Andrew’s case, it was an internal and automatic revolution or a spiritual incentive! He then began to focus on what was familiar to him in the Christian Bible. “Reap according to what you sow”: And concluded that it was because of its positive karma in the previous birth that followed him.

After such a spiritual awakening, Andrew began to read more and more books on Buddhism and embarked on other meditation experiences. It was hard for Andrew to focus on a single thought at first as his mind was working overtime! He thought it looked like an eleven year old boy falling off a push bike endless times while trying to balance himself to stay on two wheels. However, after many proverbial falls, he managed to master meditation.


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Much Ado About Nothing: Problems When First Tasting Zen Teachings For Yourself https://hellven.org/much-ado-about-nothing-problems-when-first-tasting-zen-teachings-for-yourself/ https://hellven.org/much-ado-about-nothing-problems-when-first-tasting-zen-teachings-for-yourself/#respond Wed, 22 Sep 2021 08:08:31 +0000 https://hellven.org/much-ado-about-nothing-problems-when-first-tasting-zen-teachings-for-yourself/ The The three pillars of zen is one of those books that mark the establishment of Zen in the West. It was first published in 1965 and has never been out of print. Three pillars is now translated into a dozen languages. And this remains an important part of the Zen canon taking root in […]]]>

The The three pillars of zen is one of those books that mark the establishment of Zen in the West. It was first published in 1965 and has never been out of print. Three pillars is now translated into a dozen languages. And this remains an important part of the Zen canon taking root in the West.

It was edited by Philip Kapleau, later Roshi Kapleau, with major assistance from Koun Yamada and Jiun Kubota (both ultimately succeeding the leaders of the Sanbo Zen community). The book consists of two main parts, the first part was mainly lectures on the practice of Zen by Professor Hakuun Yasutani Roshi, and the second part was personal accounts of kensho experiences.

I remember reading this book just a few years after its release, and especially savoring those latter parts over and over again. Today, I blush when I remember Zen professor Brad Warner’s dry comment about “Zen porn”. There are issues with a single focus on the issue of awakening as an experience. And there was from the beginning and continues to be the critic of the book for its tireless focus on the experiences of kensho.

However, recently I have started to see a new form of criticism, where the focus is not on the mouth-watering stories of people’s personal intimate encounters, but on the fact that they are not that deep. I remember one person saying, “In my Zen school, these accounts would never be accepted as genuine kenshos. Others sniff that they are at best preliminary to a true awakening.

When I think of spiritual traps on the spiritual path, once you’ve had a taste of the big deal, it’s tempting to think anything, that’s it. His path has reached a climax. I am at the top, looking down the slopes towards the plains and the rivers.

We can see it in some of these stories in Three Pillars. We see it in those who deem these stories inadequate.

Me, shortly after my first intimate moment, I was walking down a street in Oakland. To mark my special status, as I felt it, I wore a large mala, a Buddhist rose around my neck. As I walked past a girl, maybe nine, a little younger, a little older, hard to tell. She stopped skipping rope and pointed at the mala and said, “What is this?”

I had a fleeting fantasy of old stories of wandering Zen teachers meeting wise men. Most of the time it happened as I said, “It’s a Buddhist rose garden, a rosary. She snorted, “Sure, that sounds silly.” And took the jump rope again.

For reasons that were not immediately apparent to me, I blushed. And then I continued on my way. The word I couldn’t quite say at the time was that I had fallen into one of those wells that Dosho Port describes as punctuating the spiritual journey. At some point, if we are lucky, we will turn around and notice that there are still mountains, mountain ranges.

Unfortunately, we may not turn around and not realize it. I have met a number of people who have had spiritual ideas big and small, including a few decades ago in my experience, some who found their moment through psychedelics, who thought they had happened. From the inside it can be nice, but seen from the outside it can be quite boring. I have the feeling that some religions have developed from these times.

So we are lucky if we are given a well to fall into early.

But without this well, sooner, or later, or never, we are in danger. In the western maps of the spiritual path, that place we can spend quite a bit of time with is spiritual pride or vain glory. I find vain glory a particularly apt term. it comes from latin vana gloria, the meaning quite obvious to most readers vanity, perhaps even baseless vanity, with a sense of glory, of success.

The technical term in Buddhism for this is “mana“, pronounced the same way I believe in Pali and Sanskrit. Mana is most often translated into English as pride, but often as vanity or, and I find this particularly useful,” arrogance. “It points to inflation. that can accompany success.

Pride is a complicated term these days. Oppressed groups claimed a sense of pride. I remember the first time I heard the expression “black is beautiful”. At first he didn’t calculate. Maybe, I thought. But not necessarily. It took me a little while, given the privileges of my place in our culture, to understand how African Americans in our time and place have come to think of themselves as ugly. Claiming your beauty under such circumstances is important. Very important. Likewise, the Gay Pride Red Carpet has served pretty much the same place for the LGBTQ community.

Owning our place in this world is essential. Being proud of who we are just because we exist is an important thing. At the same time, it is also important to note that we can enter the intimate path from any place in our life.

I’m sure Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is useful for people, at the very least it talks about things people need just to maintain some dignity. But I have also met people who believe that you have to go through all the steps before you can reach the peak of self-realization. To be honest, I don’t know what this term is supposed to mean. What I do know is that self-realization is not a good phrase for awakening.

And there, we are talking about awakening. The good news for us on the spiritual path is that it is available to all of us all the time. It happens at best, it happens at worst. It happens to people who are healthy in body and mind. And it happens to people who have terrible injuries and limitations.

And here we are concerned with that insight, which comes when it wants to whomever it wants. Our vision, in the big index of not one, not two, of our liberation from our certainties. The pride that concerns us here in this project is not to claim our place, it is to think that we have reached the end.

We see that kind of pride in ordinary life, where someone finds out that they are extraordinarily gifted in one way or another, and then assumes that they are expert in all kinds of other ways. I remember one gifted writer who resisted online publishing, which from my perspective, along with his editors, he desperately needed. Or, maybe someone is extremely good at selling and decides she would be a perfect CEO. Maybe true. But the gift alone is no guarantee of success elsewhere.

In the spiritual realms, I have seen spiritual directors who have a deep understanding of the issue of life and death, form and emptiness, give horrible advice on marriage.

In the spiritual realms, it is a kind of pride. And that is why in the Mahayana it is considered one of the five poisons. In the Mahayana interpretation of mana Abhidharma, spiritual pride is one of the six unhealthy mental factors.

Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield quotes from the advice of the Nikayas the Buddhas: “Seeing the misery in those who cling to opinions, a wise person should not adopt any. A wise person does not become arrogant by his opinions. How could anyone disturb those who are free, who do not understand any point of view. But those who grasp views and opinions roam the world annoying people. When I started to quote this, I thought I would end with “getting arrogant”.

But, the truth is, spiritual pride is really boring. Even to the Buddha. Kornfield joins the quote with another from his teacher, the famous forest monk Ajahn Chah, “You have so many opinions. And you are in so much pain. Why not let them go? The problem with our initial ideas, whether superficial or deep, is that they go from meeting to opinion almost in an instant.

Carrying this opinion around us, we not only annoy others, we hinder our own spiritual progress. So when we’ve had these tastes, these, as Joko Beck says, little intimations, I hope there is a well somewhere around us waiting for us.


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A citadel of faith and unity https://hellven.org/a-citadel-of-faith-and-unity/ https://hellven.org/a-citadel-of-faith-and-unity/#respond Tue, 21 Sep 2021 19:30:00 +0000 https://hellven.org/a-citadel-of-faith-and-unity/ One of the beautiful facets of Sri Lankan life is our multireligious and multicultural population. For centuries we have been a nation that respects all religions. Colombo is blessed with so many historic Hindu kovils, Buddhist temples, churches and mosques. Religion and spirituality are an integral part of this island people. Usually, most of the […]]]>

One of the beautiful facets of Sri Lankan life is our multireligious and multicultural population. For centuries we have been a nation that respects all religions. Colombo is blessed with so many historic Hindu kovils, Buddhist temples, churches and mosques. Religion and spirituality are an integral part of this island people. Usually, most of the beautiful Hindu kovils are found in the northern and eastern provinces. However, the city of Colombo has some large Hindu kovils and my favorite is the Sri Ponnambalavaneswaram Devasthanam or the Kochikade Sivan Kovil as it is more commonly known.

The city of Kochikade is a multi-religious place with all religions represented by places of worship. Although a Christian, I was fascinated by this unique granite kovil. I was first taken here 30 years ago by my friend Maithili Sellathurai. It is perhaps the only kovil of its kind in Sri Lanka built entirely of granite. This radiant edifice manifesting the most refined form of Dravidian conceptions and embellished with art, amidst its rather dimly lit interior sanctuary, redefines the spiritual aura associated with Hinduism.

The impressive gopuram

This is my personal take on this historic kovil. Sri Ponnambalavaneswaram Devasthanam is consecrated with Sri Sivagama Sounthari Ambal (female deity) and Samedha Sornasabeswara Swamy (male deity). For over 150 years, this kovil has been an iconic monument and a spiritual beacon for devotees and tourists. Its massive structure complemented by perfect gardens accentuates the beauty and also reminds us of the dedicated work of its founding fathers and builders.

I visited the kovil several Fridays to witness the outpouring of Hindu worship and godly worship. Friday is a day revered by the Hindu community around the world. The kovil still echoed with the sound of bells and vibrating drumbeats. When you enter through the back door (facing Colombo harbor), you see large white cows pleasantly chewing grass. These docile animals make a silent contribution to the rituals of worship (kosalai) by giving up their unblemished milk which is used in Hindu rituals.

This historic temple was built only with granite. It is full of evidence of ancient Dravidian architecture and the excellent craftsmanship of sculptors that can be seen in India. An important aspect is that most of these kovils were built near the seaports of resplendent Sri Lanka. For example, Thiruketheeswaram Kovil was built near the seaport called Manthai. Thirukoneshwaram Kovil is located near the natural harbor of Trincomalee. The Naguleswaram temple is also located near the natural harbor of Kankesanthurai.

According to oral tradition, Ponnambalam Mudaliyar dreamed of being given a pomegranate fruit which, when split in half, revealed a sacred Sivalingam. Inspired and perhaps spiritually rejuvenated by this vision, he was determined to build a kovil. It is said that he bought a land full of coconut palms, from Captain John Strone. In 1857, basic work was undertaken to establish a shrine and the traditional Kovil ritual of Kumbabishekam was performed. Ponnambalam Ramanathan started a detailed construction plan, for which huge slabs of hewn granite were purchased in Colombo.

Previously, this kovil was built of brick and calcium-induced lime paste. In 1873 the kovil was renovated and another Kumbabishekam took place. According to the deed, the first male member of Ponnambalam Mudaliyar’s family would be the legal heir to the administration of the temple. After Ponnambalam Mudaliyar passed away, the administration of the temple was handed over to his eldest son Ponnambalam Coomaraswamy. But due to his untimely demise in 1905, the administration of the temple was entrusted to his younger brother Sir Ponnambalam Ramanathan.

There was a massive construction operation with hundreds of skilled workers and stonemasons. By November 1912, to the delight of thousands of devotees, Sivan Kovil was firmly established. As kovil fame spread, in 1967 a Rajagopuram (tower) was built at the entrance to the east side. This gopuram has many idols. To build this temple, Sir Ponnambalam Ramanathan brought in diligent builders and sculptors from South India. These men excelled in building kovils and towers. Initially, this construction project began in 1907 and ended in 1912. The Kumbabishekam took place on November 21, 1912.

After reaching the main door and reverently washing our feet, we enter the kovil. The first impression was amazing, rows of stone columns stood in silent grandeur. The columns were bathed in the light of incandescent oil lamps. The flickering flames cast shadows on the stone surface. This amazing granite kovil is adorned with many idols and symbols related to Hinduism. A swarm of Tamil girls smiled and passed, carrying oil lamps and silver trays filled with fruit. Some priests greeted me with joined hands. A priest pointed out a well that is inside the kovil and said that the water from this well has not dried for over a century. Theerthak kerni or Teertha Thadakam (water reservoir) of the temple is known as “Sri Swarna Pushkarani” (holy temple pond). I realized the importance of water as a symbol of purifying purity and clarity in all religions. I remember the careful words of the Bhagavad Gita: “Forgiveness and meekness are the qualities of the possessed individual. They represent eternal virtue.

Now people have started to come for the pooja – there are six poojas every day led by nine members of the clergy. We walked past Vasantha’s mandapam, where there are five deities nestled among fresh flowers. These are joyfully revered Vinayagar, Murugan, Somaskandar, Amman and Sundeswaran. As we approach the Maha mandapam – which is the innermost place, there is absolute silence. Through an iron gate one can see the Nithiya akkini kundam – an eternal flame.

An elderly devotee told me that he is the only kovil in the country who keeps this on. On the right side of the sanctuary are animals and birds carved from wood and mounted on wheels. On entering the garden again, we saw the kovil tank. The annual float festival is a mega celebration. This kovil also attracts Buddhist devotees. Looking at the roof of the kovil from the outside, I treasured the view of the Duwarapalagar – warrior sentries daringly carved into the granite, a rather imposing sight. Two devotees I met during my last visit in 2019 recall some memories.

Dharini and Premini Ganeshwaran had been coming here since their childhood and said, “We used to come with our parents. Children, we remember that there was a large drum attached to the wall. Most of the children were banging on this drum, and the echo echoed through the stone columns. After the pooja, we came to the door side. An old man was selling bundles of green leaves. We used to buy a few bales at 10 rupees each and feed the cows in the kovil. It was both fun and also instilled in us respect for animals. On special feast days, we lit the ritual lamp with ghee. Today, as we look back, these are the memories that we treasure.

The kovil has a large reception hall frequented by the faithful, while organizing such gatherings in a pious atmosphere respecting the dignity of the kovil. Sri Ponnambalavaneswaram Devasthanam has represented a beam of hope beaming for millions of devotees, supporting Hindu traditions and rituals. I can still feel the beautiful vibrations echoing inside its magnificent stone columns. I conclude with a quote from the Bhagavad Gita: “Detachment is not that you don’t have anything. Detachment is that nothing belongs to you.


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Baptist group in Myanmar’s Chin state condemns killing of local pastor by military – Radio Free Asia https://hellven.org/baptist-group-in-myanmars-chin-state-condemns-killing-of-local-pastor-by-military-radio-free-asia/ https://hellven.org/baptist-group-in-myanmars-chin-state-condemns-killing-of-local-pastor-by-military-radio-free-asia/#respond Mon, 20 Sep 2021 21:40:00 +0000 https://hellven.org/baptist-group-in-myanmars-chin-state-condemns-killing-of-local-pastor-by-military-radio-free-asia/ A Baptist group in Chin state, western Myanmar, condemned the killing of a local pastor by government troops in a clash between the Burmese military and local defense forces over the weekend -end in a conflict that has seen thousands of people driven from their homes. Pastor Cung Biak Hum, 31, was shot and killed […]]]>

A Baptist group in Chin state, western Myanmar, condemned the killing of a local pastor by government troops in a clash between the Burmese military and local defense forces over the weekend -end in a conflict that has seen thousands of people driven from their homes.

Pastor Cung Biak Hum, 31, was shot and killed as he and several others rushed to put out fires started by government soldiers in an attack on their position in Thantlang town, state de Chin, the scene of recent fighting with civilian militias opposing the February army. takeover of the country, a local witness told RFA.

“The pastor and four or five young people came to the scene on a motorbike to help, and when the soldiers shot at them, he was shot and died instantly,” said the RFA source, speaking in anonymity for security reasons.

“Due to the constant fire and artillery shelling, no one was able to recover his body, but when volunteers subsequently cleaned his body at his mother’s house, it was found that his ring finger had been cut off and his wedding ring stolen.” , did he declare.

Pastor of Thantlan Century Baptist Church, Cung Biak Hum is survived by two sons and his pregnant wife, sources said.

Speaking to RFA, Lod Harlinrel, secretary of the Chin Baptist Convention, called the actions of Burmese troops fighting the local defense forces in Chin state barbaric and unacceptable and likely to produce a wider conflict.

“When firing their weapons, the military must carefully distinguish between their enemies and civilians. They shouldn’t just shoot their guns at random, ”he said. “On top of that, the reckless and barbaric actions of the military that we have seen in towns and cities should all have been avoided.”

“If they continue this way, these fights could turn into a larger ethno-religious conflict. That is why we strongly condemn these actions, ”he said.

Hkalam Samson, chairman of the Kachin Baptist Convention in northern Myanmar’s Kachin state, said his group supported the statement released by the Chin Baptist Convention on Sunday, which condemned the pastor’s murder, the stationing of Burmese troops in Christian churches, destruction of Bibles and other religious texts, and artillery fire on churches.

“As servants of God, we are to stand with the people. It could lead to opposition to our leaders, but we will stay with justice no matter what, ”said Hkalam Samson.

The murder of Pastor Cung Biak Hum should not lead to religious conflict in Myanmar because the country’s military does not discriminate between Christians and Buddhists, said Ashin Magawa, a Buddhist monk living in Mindat County, in Chin State.

“They would destroy both Christian churches and Buddhist monasteries as they see fit, if they see them as their enemies,” he said. “I want our fellow Christians to understand this, and I urge all of us not to see each other as enemies divided by race or religion.”

“It was a very bad deed on the part of the [junta] the army, ”he said.

The army retaliates against civilians

The combined forces of the Chin National Front (CNF) and the Chin Defense Force (CDF) launched an assault on the positions of the Burmese troops in the town of Thantlang on September 18, but withdrew when government troops launched the heavy artillery in retaliation against local civilians, a CNF said.

At least 18 houses and a hotel were set on fire in the dam, said Salai Htet Ni, an information official with the National Chin Front, a nationalist political organization that defends Myanmar’s Chin ethnic minority.

“We heard that they had lost 15 soldiers, but we withdrew because they were harming the lives and property of civilians,” said Salai Htet Ni.

Fighting alongside the CNF, the Chin Defense Force (CDF) was formed by citizens who took up arms following the February 1 military coup that overthrew the democratically elected government of Myanmar’s national leader Aung San Suu Kyi and his National League for Democracy.

Only around a thousand people still live in the city of Thantlan, as most of the more than 10,000 former residents of the city fled their homes to take refuge in Mizoram in India, or in the state capital of Chin, Hakha, sources said.

Between the February 1 coup that toppled the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi and early July, troops loyal to the junta killed 81 ethnic Chins, including two infants and a rape victim aged 15 years old, the Chin Business Institute said in an investigation at the time.

Requests for comment from Major General Zaw Min Htun, spokesperson for Myanmar’s ruling Military Council, went unanswered.

In the seven months following the February 1 coup, security forces killed 1,114 civilians and arrested at least 6,637 according to the Bangkok-based Association for Assistance to Political Prisoners (AAPP), including many during the crackdown on anti-junta protests.

Reported by the Myanmar service of RFA. Translated by Ye Kaung Myint Maung. Written in English by Richard Finney.


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Government Committee Supports Buddhist Dignitaries and Supporters in Fighting HCM City’s COVID-19: Official | Society https://hellven.org/government-committee-supports-buddhist-dignitaries-and-supporters-in-fighting-hcm-citys-covid-19-official-society/ https://hellven.org/government-committee-supports-buddhist-dignitaries-and-supporters-in-fighting-hcm-citys-covid-19-official-society/#respond Mon, 20 Sep 2021 09:43:00 +0000 https://hellven.org/government-committee-supports-buddhist-dignitaries-and-supporters-in-fighting-hcm-citys-covid-19-official-society/ Deputy Chairman of the Governmental Committee for Religious Affairs Nguyen Tien Trong (left) presents gifts Most Venerable Thich Thien Duc, Deputy Head of the Board of Directors of the VBS Section in HCM City (Photo: VNA) City HCM (VNA) – The Governmental Committee for Religious Affairs will always accompany Buddhist dignitaries and devotees in Ho […]]]>

Deputy Chairman of the Governmental Committee for Religious Affairs Nguyen Tien Trong (left) presents gifts Most Venerable Thich Thien Duc, Deputy Head of the Board of Directors of the VBS Section in HCM City (Photo: VNA)

City HCM (VNA) – The Governmental Committee for Religious Affairs will always accompany Buddhist dignitaries and devotees in Ho Chi Minh City in the fight against COVID-19, the vice-chairman of the committee Nguyen Tien Trong engaged in a working session with the leaders of the board of directors of the section of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS) in the town on September 20.

Expressing sympathy for the losses suffered by the HCM City VBS due to COVID-19, Trong praised the engagement of Buddhist dignitaries and supporters in the city’s pandemic prevention and control activities and their contributions. to the Covid-19 vaccine funds and support for front-line forces.

He claimed that the efforts of the HCM City VBS Board of Directors have shown that Buddhism always accompanies the nation and maintains national solidarity in the midst of hardship. He expressed his hope that they will continue to participate in charitable activities and help the city in the prevention and control of the pandemic.

For his part, the Most Venerable Thich Thien Duc, Deputy Head of the Board of Directors of the VBS Chapter in HCM City, thanked the government committee for religious affairs and the city authorities for giving great attention to dignitaries and followers. Buddhists amid complicated COVID developments. -19.

In addition to strictly enforcing pandemic prevention and control regulations, Buddhist monks, nuns and devotees have actively partnered with charitable activities and supported frontline forces, he said.

Government committee supports Buddhist dignitaries and supporters in the fight against COVID-19 in the city of HCM: Official hinh anh 2A preview of the meeting (Photo: VNA)

Since June, the board has been working online on digital platforms, maintaining guidance to Buddhist dignitaries in their operations, while adjusting plans for organizing the VBS congress in districts as well as celebrating the 40th anniversary of the founding of VBS, said Venerable Thich Thien. Quy, general administrator and secretary general of the board of directors.

He said that more than 500 billion VND (21.8 million USD has been collected from Buddhist dignitaries and devotees in the city for charity and pandemic prevention and control activities. In the future, the boad will continue to join local authorities and agencies in the work, thus soon resuming normal life in the city.

Later that same day, the Governmental Commission for Religious AffairsThe work team also visited and worked with representatives from the city’s Cao Dai Tay Ninh Church and the HCM City Cao Dai Church ./.


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Death notice of VERL HINATSU (1953 – 2021) – Boise, ID https://hellven.org/death-notice-of-verl-hinatsu-1953-2021-boise-id/ https://hellven.org/death-notice-of-verl-hinatsu-1953-2021-boise-id/#respond Sun, 19 Sep 2021 05:05:32 +0000 https://hellven.org/death-notice-of-verl-hinatsu-1953-2021-boise-id/ Verl HinatsuNovember 26, 1953 – August 7, 2021Boise, Idaho – VERL MATHIAS HINATSUA life well livedLongtime Boise, Idaho resident Verl Hinatsu passed away suddenly on August 7, 2021 at the age of 67. Born in Ontario, Oregon on November 26, 1953, he grew up on the family farm in Fruitland, Idaho where he lived with […]]]>

Verl Hinatsu
November 26, 1953 – August 7, 2021
Boise, Idaho – VERL MATHIAS HINATSU
A life well lived
Longtime Boise, Idaho resident Verl Hinatsu passed away suddenly on August 7, 2021 at the age of 67. Born in Ontario, Oregon on November 26, 1953, he grew up on the family farm in Fruitland, Idaho where he lived with his parents and 4 siblings. He attended Fruitland schools and was a member of the Idaho-Oregon Buddhist Temple. After graduating from Fruitland High School in 1972, he attended the Links School of Business in Boise. Verl found a job downtown at PIP Printing, and in no time became manager there. He eventually bought one of the PIP stores, which became his Fairview Printers property. His purchase of a home in North Boise was a big milestone. During this time, he enjoyed downhill skiing, mountain biking, fly fishing, and playing basketball with friends.
After shutting down Fairview Printers after 25 years, Verl worked part-time at Meridian Bowling Lanes upon retirement.
His parents Kazuo and Mariko, his brother Kalvyn and his niece, Anne (Michael) are predeceased. He is survived by his siblings June Rhinehart (Vincent), Roger Hinatsu (Kelli), Karen Sturdy (Gary), as well as nieces and nephews Rebecca (James) and Kate (Zach), Elizabeth (Jake), Michael, Benjamin (Libby), Rachel (Denver), as well as great-nieces and grand-nephews Andrea and Andrew, Wade and Claire. He is also survived by two uncles and aunts and an extended family in Washington, Oregon, California and Michigan.
A private family memorial service will be held on September 25, 2021 at the Idaho-Oregon Buddhist Temple in Ontario, Oregon.
Verl had the ability to connect with people and he made friends easily and kept them, and had many longtime friends and acquaintances in the Fruitland-Ontario and Boise area and beyond. Customers became friends because he cared about quality and good customer service. He insisted on frequenting small local businesses. Sociable, he enjoyed going to restaurants and bars and enjoyed listening to live Reggae music. Getting together with family, gardening, cooking and eating well, especially during the holidays, was extremely important to Verl. He was very fond of Mexican food and a trip to Mazatlan where he ate “real” Mexican food was a highlight. Uncle Verl supported his nieces and nephews as well as the children of his friends as they pursued their interests – judo, swimming, high school sports and music. He was a friendly presence while his niece attended Boise State University. It was fun to be with him. He was a good host when visiting the family. We have benefited from his loving kindness, thoughtfulness and generous nature. Sensitive and sentimental, Verl often visited his parents’ grave at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery in Boise. The following words were written in his will and they describe his feelings towards family: “I know how much my family loves me and how much I love them. Our memories of each other will serve as monuments.
We thought we would have more time with him. We will remember him and we will miss him.

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Buddhist Brothers Foundation hails India’s work to maintain ties with neighbors https://hellven.org/buddhist-brothers-foundation-hails-indias-work-to-maintain-ties-with-neighbors/ https://hellven.org/buddhist-brothers-foundation-hails-indias-work-to-maintain-ties-with-neighbors/#respond Sat, 18 Sep 2021 17:45:06 +0000 https://hellven.org/buddhist-brothers-foundation-hails-indias-work-to-maintain-ties-with-neighbors/ The Sri Lanka-based Buddhist Brothers Foundation on Friday wished Prime Minister Narendra Modi his 71st birthday and praised his work in maintaining laudable bilateral relations with the neighboring country. Greetings came from President Damenda Porage, who also thanked the Modi government for helping Sri Lanka at crucial times, a letter from the Buddhist Brotherhood Foundation […]]]>

The Sri Lanka-based Buddhist Brothers Foundation on Friday wished Prime Minister Narendra Modi his 71st birthday and praised his work in maintaining laudable bilateral relations with the neighboring country. Greetings came from President Damenda Porage, who also thanked the Modi government for helping Sri Lanka at crucial times, a letter from the Buddhist Brotherhood Foundation said.

“It is an auspicious day because Mother India blessed her people and the world at large with a son who, with a clear vision, would take the right path to achieve economic prosperity, democracy, peace and peace. military force while maintaining excellent bilateral relations with its neighbors in the region, including Sri Lanka, “the letter read. The Buddhist Fellowship Foundation is a non-profit organization aimed at increasing understanding and awareness of the common Buddhist heritage of various nations around the world.

The main objective of the foundation is to promote human values ​​such as compassion, self-discipline, forgiveness, contentment and tolerance and to promote religious harmony. (ANI)

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