Mekong Review



The excellent new Mekong Review

Reviews of Philip Coggan’s Spirit Worlds: Cambodia, The Buddha and the Naga (John Beaufoy, 2015), and Erik W. Davis’s Deathpower: Buddhism’s Ritual Imagination in Cambodia (Columbia University Press, 2016).


E-Learning Courses on Women in Buddhism

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Another great free summer course on gender and Buddhsim from the University of Hamburg, building upon past courses on women in Buddhism:

The Numata Center for Buddhist Studies in cooperation with Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts offers an e-learning course on the topic of Asian Buddhist Women. The course consists of a series of lectures by a group of international scholars who will present their research on the situation of women during various periods in the history of Asian Buddhism, based on textual studies and archaeological evidence. Participation is free of charge but requires online registration. The registration period will be from the 15th of February until the end of March.


Lama Chime Rinpoche’s Tribute and Prayers for David Bowie

As reported in Lion’s Roar:

“I cannot express in words,” he says. “I am so sad.” Rinpoche goes on to tell of meeting Bowie in 1965 — a story Bowie told his version of in 2001 at Tibet House — and also of knowing Bowie’s producer and collaborator, Tony Visconti. Then, before issuing prayers, Rinpoche says, “I’ll meet him again in the next life.”

Donating organs produces ‘good karma’?

From the BBC:

Kiribathgoda Gnanananda Thero is the founder of the Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery in Sri Lanka.

Thousands of followers around the world are attracted to the pure form of Theravada Buddhism he preaches.

The monk is a champion of the idea that donating body parts after death creates good karma which increases the chances of being reborn into a better life.

This belief has helped Sri Lanka become one of the world’s leading suppliers of corneas (the clear front part of the eye).

But while most Sri Lankans wait until they die before giving their parts, Kiribathgoda is doing it while he is still alive.

From the main Mahamevnawa monastery in Polgahawela, Sri Lanka Kiribathgoda explained more.

Video produced by: Ross Velton, with the support of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting