Ven. Phra Panya Panyataro, a Buddhist monk from Surat Thani, Thailand said various groups of people, such as student and trade union leaders, had supported the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) demonstrators, so now it was time for the monks to do so.
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On the one hand, Hinduism is a league of religions that has a built-in tolerance. [This is particularly true in India, where Karnataka state plans to probe Swami Nithyananda's sex scandal.] This is typical of revealed religions. But Buddhism and Jainism began as protest/reform movements...
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MUMBAI, India - The death of 60-year-old Jain nun Sadhvi Charan Pragyaji on September 11 last year was different from any the tiny town of Bhilwada in Rajasthan had witnessed. Over 20,000 Jains from across the country thronged the hamlet. They did not come in white to mourn the loss but in their finest celebration clothes to mark her death. For she was the only Jain to have survived a Santhara ritual of 87 days. Santhara is the Jain practice of voluntary and systematic fasting to death. Jain texts say it is the ultimate route to attaining spiritual liberation (moksha) and breaking free from the whirlpool of life and death (Samsara).
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