Religion Rundown: October 12, 2012 to October 17, 2012

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Bhutan announces ban on religious activity before elections

 

In Bhutan, the major religion is Mahayana Buddhism with Hinduism as the minority. The country’s constitution states that “religion shall remain above politics.”  However, the Election Commission of Bhutan announced that any religious institutions and clergy “shall not hold, conduct, organize or host” public activities starting January 1, 2013 until the election ends in June 2013 in an attempt to keep religion separate from politics.

Buddhadharma: a practitioner’s quarterly online

October 17, 2012

http://shambhalasun.com/news/?p=39205

Hindus Want Enquiry Into Racism In South Africa Schools After Boksburg Episode

There is an ongoing investigation about racism in South African schools for teachers verbally abusing and discriminating against school-aged children wearing the Hindu red string around their wrists. The President of the Universal Society of Hinduism is standing up to this racism and said, “Why should we hide our sacred red threads and other symbols as we were proud of our heritage, traditions and religion?”

Eurasiareview: news and analysis

October 12, 2012

http://www.eurasiareview.com/12102012-hindus-want-enquiry-into-racism-in-south-africa-schools-after-boksburg-episode/

Saudi Arabia says annual Islamic hajj pilgrimage starts Oct. 25

The Islamic hajj pilgrimage attracts nearly 3 million Muslims worldwide each year.  Religious scholars that are a part of the kingdom’s High Court announced Tuesday, October 15, 2012 that the pilgrimage will begin on October 25, 2012 and the Eid-al-Adha celebrations that go along with the pilgrimage will begin on October 26, 2012. The hajj traces the steps of the prophets Muhammad, Abraham and Ishmael and brings closeness to God.

ABC News online

October 17, 2012

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/religion-news-17500064#.UIAawxy1fqI

Buddhist monks march in Myanmar to thwart Islamic office plan

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Buddhist monks protest against helping Rohingya Muslims involved in deadly communal clashes four months ago. Muslim’s in the area suggested the OIC in Myanmar to help the Rohingya muslims. Shortly after the monks ended their protest, the President’s office announced he will not permit an OIC representation in Myanmar.  It is unclear if the monk’s protest had anything to do with this decision.

The Buddhist Channel: Bringing Buddha Dharma Home

October 15, 2012

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=51,11144,0,0,1,0

Tamdrin Dorjee, Tibetan man, self-immolates in protest of Chinese rule

Tibetan Buddhist man self-immolated in order to protest the tighter control and religious oppression in the region. This has been a series of self-immolation protest by Tibetans to get their point across about their Buddhist religion.

Global Post

October 13, 2012

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/121013/tamdrin-dorjee-tibetan-man-self-immolates

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