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If anyone is interested…

The First Annual
Wisdom of Mindfulness Retreats Myanmar

This historic event marks an unprecedented opportunity for Westerners to practice
mindfulness meditation where the world-wide mass lay meditation movement began.

Retreat 1: Jan 3-17, 2016 (open to all) (25 spaces)
Retreat 2: Jan 24-Feb 7 (for meditation teachers) (25 spaces)

Further details and online application at:

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Fraudsters cash in on Myanmar, China

Fraudsters cash in on heartbreak –

It had to happen (and frankly, we’re surprised the scams didn’t start even more quickly). With the plight of earthquake and cyclone victims in China and Myanmar hitting he headlines — and our hearts — every day, it didn’t take aid scammers long to put together phony relief campaigns and solicit donations. More on this below. …

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Myanmar shuns aid from US warships

The United States, as well as France and Great Britain, have naval vessels loaded with humanitarian supplies off the Myanmar coast, and had been waiting for a green light to deliver them. The article did not say whether the French and British supplies would be allowed.

The state media report said that other U.S. aid airlifted into the country was welcome, an apparent reference to ongoing relief flights, which land in the country about five times a day. American officials are required to hand the aid to Myanmar authorities upon landing in Yangon, from which it is a difficult journey to the Irrawaddy delta.

State media: Myanmar shuns aid from US warships

Clearly the Burmese junta’s agenda is twofold: get rid of a lot of ethnics that they find undesirable and blame it on the cyclone, and divert portions of the aid to their own coffers. There is no other sensible explanation. Reminiscent of Katrina, actually.

Since most of the generals have never been out of Burma, it’s too bad there’s no hell; they could finally get to know other so-called “leaders.”

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Burmese Government’s Failure to Act May Destabilize Country

While the Burmese government’s actions in the wake of the cyclone are rooted in its ties to the Buddhist religion, they threaten to destabilize the unique triangular relationship between the government, the people and the monks.

Buddhism is central to Burma, and perhaps 80 percent of the country’s 48 million people are practicing Buddhists in the Theravada tradition. The sangha, or monastic community, comprises 400,000 monks and nuns, equal in size to the armed forces. In Burmese history, the monks served as intermediaries between the kings and the peasantry.

Burmese junta stonewalling on cyclone aid