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One Thousand Buddhist Monasteries Collapsed in Nepal Earthquake,
Posted on 2015/5/23 3:53:33 ( 279 reads )

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KATHMANDU, NEPAL, May 22, 2015 (PTI): Around 200 Buddhist monks and nuns were killed when about 1,000 monasteries collapsed in the massive April 25 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks in Nepal, according to authorities. Buddhist philosophy promotion and monastery development committee (BPPMDC), under the ministry of federal affairs and local development, said that all 215 monasteries in Sindhupalchok district were flattened due to impact of the earthquake. A total of 150 Buddhist monasteries collapsed in Gorkha, 105 in Dhading, 60 in Rasuwa and 60 in Solukhumbu. Monasteries also collapsed in Nuwakot, Dolakha, Ramechhap, Okhaldhunga, Makwanpur, Lamjung and Syangja districts as well.

Some well-known monasteries include Seto Gumba in Ramkot; Rato Gumba in Sitapaila, both located in the outskirt of Kathmandu; Khumchey Gumba in Gorkha; Chrighyang Gumba in Dolakha and Chirite Gumba in Sindhupalchok. Karma Tsering Tashi Lama, president of the BPPMDC, who recently visited many of the earthquake-hit areas in Sindhupalchok and Rasuwa, said he did not see a single monastery that stands intact.

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For Veterans, Yoga Class at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center Brings Peace of Mind
Posted on 2015/5/23 3:52:48 ( 272 reads )

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OKLAHOMA CITY, U.S., May 18, 2015 (The Oklahoman): Edward Shepherd found himself outside of his apartment in Moore, yelling at a garbage truck. Shepherd had returned from four tours in Afghanistan and Iraq that lasted collectively almost five years. Shepherd is among about 60 veterans who take a yoga class at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center that is aimed at helping veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

Sara Alavi, owner of Yoga Home of Therapeutics, who leads the class, says there's nothing more rewarding than hearing the impact it has on the veterans, many of whom served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some research has shown that breathing-based meditation and yoga can help people with PTSD. A study published in the Journal of Traumatic Stress in 2014 said veterans surveyed reported that after participating in a yoga program, they experienced fewer hyperarousal symptoms. They also reported that re-experiencing traumatic memories had less impact on them.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2015/5/23 3:52:42 ( 239 reads )

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Wealth and happiness are not related to each other as cause and effect. An attempt to secure happiness by securing wealth is as futile as it is absurd.
-- Jagadguru Sri Chandrasekhara Bharati Mahaswamigal(1912-1954), 34th pontiff of the Sarada Peetham

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Nepal Calls for Return of Stolen Statues
Posted on 2015/5/22 4:11:33 ( 451 reads )

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NEPAL, May 20, 2015 (France 24): The massive earthquakes that recently hit Nepal caused the loss of thousands of lives, but they also destroyed numerous temples. In a strange twist of fate, some holy statues survived the two quakes and their aftershocks... because they were stolen and smuggled abroad several decades ago. Nepalese people are now calling for their immediate return. UNESCO reported that the earthquake had taken a "catastrophic" toll on cultural heritage sites in Nepal: 90% of seven World Heritage sites in Kathmandu Valley were destroyed, including most of their statues. However, some of these temples' original statues were not damaged, because they are no longer in Nepal. More than 200 Hindu and Buddhist statues have disappeared from Nepali temples, fountains and sanctuaries since the country first opened its borders to tourists in 1951.

Between 1960 and the early 1990s, numerous statues were stolen and then sold to private foreign collectors. Others ended up in museums in the United States or Europe. The project "Remembering the Lost" has tracked down about 160 statues that were stolen from Nepal. According to the project's founders, the total number of missing relics - including statues and other religious items - is probably close to 1,000. In Nepal, these religious objects are integral to the spiritual life of the community. Statues are seen as incarnations of divinities and each has a specific task

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Li's Participation in Yoga Meet to Help Its Spread in China
Posted on 2015/5/22 4:11:28 ( 379 reads )

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BEIJING, CHINA, May 19, 2015 (Business Standard): Participation of Premier Li Keqiang in the high profile yoga-tai chi event along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi here recently and the permission to set up the first India-assisted yoga college in China is seen as an official sanction for its spread in the communist nation. Li's participation in the colorful yoga-tai chi meeting last week involving 400 Chinese and Indian students along with Modi provides "official seal" to permit practice of yoga in a big way, Indian officials said.

Yoga has become immensely popular in China especially among the educated middle classes who see it as more of a physical exercise. However, this is the first time that a high powered official attended a yoga event sending an official signal to the provinces to encourage it. An MOU to set up a yoga college along with Indian teachers in Yunnan University was signed during Modi's visit which for the first time bring will bring new standards to thousands of yoga teachers and institutions mushrooming all over China.

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