The Buddhist Leap of Faith

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One of the recurring debates surrounding the practice of Buddhism in the West concerns faith and the role it has in the religion. In many Buddhist commentaries available in the West, Buddhism is often contrasted with other religions in that the practice of faith is treated as secondary - or, according to some, doesn't exist at all.

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Festive Carols and Fireworks, Shepparton.

2014 Carols by Candlelight, Shepparton The 40th Celebration of Carols by Candlelight took place at Queens Gardens on the night of 21 December, before a festive crowd. There was much anticipation for the arrival of Santa, and the fireworks display. The fireworks lit up the night sky and was a stunning spectacle. The carols booklet had many stories of Carols by Candlelight from past years, and remembrances from participants. The fireworks display was sponsored by Goulburn Murray Credit Union. Photos from the festival of carols can be viewed. ... Read more...

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Candlelight Vigil for Sydney Siege Victims

I'll ride with you A community vigil with walk around Victoria Park Lake will take place at 9:00pm on Friday, 19 December. The walk is organised by Al Kasem Youth Organisation, in partnership with City of Greater Shepparton, Word and Mouth, Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District, and Victoria Police Multicultural Liaison. ... Read more...

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Shepparton has runs on the board when it comes to Tolerance

Frank Purcell

In the wake of the Sydney siege and its potential backlash against Muslims, Shepparton academic and retired priest Frank Purcell remained positive and pointed to the lessons of history.

‘‘Australia has a long tradition of tolerance — and Shepparton is 50 years ahead of the rest of the country when it comes to accepting people from different religions and cultures,’’ Mr Purcell said.

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Shepparton Interfaith Network extends compassion and prayers to all involved in the recent Sydney siege. Shepparton and the Goulburn Valley have been touched to the core by the recent events in Sydney. Members of Shepparton Interfaith Network are involved with the Victorian Council of Churches and the Faith Communities Council of Victoria. A press release from Faith Victoria is given below.

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Six lessons learned from Tunisia’s recent elections

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ISIS is not the only option being taken in Islamic countries. An article in the German website, Qantara de, reports that, in spite of numerous setbacks over the last three years, the Arab Spring is bearing fruit. According to Egyptian journalist and professor Khalil al-Anani, the Tunisian experiment once again proves that Tunisia is a long way ahead of the other Arab countries undergoing transformation

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