Ten Great Buddhist Movies



We asked ten actors, filmmakers, and writers to each tell us their favourite movie that has a Buddhist message. We think the Buddha would have liked movies. Since he often taught through stories and parables, he would have appreciated the powerful spiritual stories that great films tell.

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AFL extends Sir Doug Nicholls Round until 2020

THE AFL has officially committed to naming its indigenous showpiece the Sir Doug Nicholls Round for the next two years. The League has honoured Nicholls during the indigenous round since 2016 and is expected to continue to do so for time immemorial, but it has now formalised an agreement with The Nicholls Foundation to pay tribute to him until at least 2020.
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How I Feel as a Jew During Christmas

Our children attended a preschool located in the building that houses our state’s Supreme Court. Every morning we walked through the Great Hall, whose exhibits provided more opportunities to teach the children about the values and principles of our country, including the separation of church and state. Things became more complicated in December. The stately hall erupted in evergreen swag and red bows, trees glittering with tinsel, and piles of gifts.

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Christmas Eve marks 200th anniversary of beloved carol ‘Silent Night’

Exactly 200 years ago this Christmas Eve – 24 December, 1818 – in a little church in what is now Austria, the world heard for the first time a poem set to music that eventually would be hailed as one of the most popular and beloved Christmas carols of all time.
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Conference of European Churches “Differences of religion do not separate us, but rather enrich us in many areas of life.”

The Conference of European Churches (CEC) and Cumberland Lodge conducted a conference titled “Towards Peaceful co-existence in the Middle East: challenges and opportunities.” Co-hosted by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, the gathering drew participants from a broad range of Middle Eastern and European churches. A central issue was how states treat people of different religious affiliation.

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When, if ever, is it okay for a Buddhist to euthanize a pet?



Question: I’m aware of the Buddhist exhortation not to kill, but my cat’s health is declining and there’s no doubt his pain can only be managed for so long. When, if ever, is it okay to put your pet down, and how do you work with it when the time comes?

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William Cooper Indigenous Scholarships Launched

On the 80th anniversary of William Cooper’s historic protest about Nazi Germany’s treatment of Jews, Monash University in partnership with John and Pauline Gandel has launched the William Cooper Indigenous Scholarship Program.
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Walking Together: Remembering William Cooper



The William Cooper Legacy Project together with the Jewish Community Council of Victoria invite you to their Remembrance Walk at Flagstaff Gardens on evening of 6 December 2018. This will be followed by a smoking ceremony and Chanukiah lighting at Peppercorn Park, Alexandra Gardens.

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South Africa: Interfaith Perspectives on Food Certification



SOUTH AFRICA: Concerns have been raised, especially from Christians, that buying halaal or kosher foods amounts to funding religions. The concerns have been raised with the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL commission), which hosted a seminar on the subject on Thursday.

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Judaism: The Story of Hanukkah

Hanukkah (alternately spelled Chanukah), meaning “dedication” in Hebrew, refers to the joyous eight-day celebration during which Jews commemorate the victory of the Maccabees over the armies of Syria in 165 B.C.E. and the subsequent liberation and “rededication” of the Temple in Jerusalem. The modern home celebration of Hanukkah centers around the lighting of the hanukkiyah, a special menorah for Hanukkah; foods prepared in oil including latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts); and special songs and games. In 2018, Hanukkah will take place from 2 – 10 December.

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RED WEDNESDAY OBSERVANCE



The Red Wednesday observance – this Wednesday night – 28 November – at 7:30pm in the Forecourt of St Patrick’s Cathedral – is an important occasion to show interfaith solidarity for people of all faiths globally who experience persecution *because* of their faith.

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Guru Nanak Gurpurab 2018

gurdwaraGuru Nanak Jayanti, also known as Guru Nanak’s Prakash Utsav, celebrates the birth of the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak. This is one of the most sacred festivals in Sikhism, or Sikhi. The festivities in the Sikh religion revolve around the anniversaries of the 10 Sikh Gurus. These Gurus were responsible for shaping the beliefs of the Sikhs. Their birthdays, known as Gurpurab, are occasions for celebration and prayer among the Sikhs. In 2018, Gurpruab is celebrated on 23 November.

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