Top Ten Buddhist News Stories of 2010

January 25, 2011

January 25, 2011

As Rev. Danny Fisher recently explained in a posting on, last year was a fascinating year "in terms of the growing awareness of Buddhism in the Western world."  The term "Buddhism" was a top Google search, PBS aired a two-hour documentary titled The Buddha, and Aung San Suu Kyi appeared on the cover of Time Magazine.  As Fisher reckons, here are the top ten Buddhist news stories of 2010: (What will 2011 hold?)

10. The Pure Land Buddhist Mission of Hawai'i Passes Resolution in Support of Marriage Equality
9.  Tiger Woods Vows to Return to Buddhist Practice while Brit Hume Questions It All (See "The Masters, PBS and Buddhism: Are the Planets Aligning?" and "Brit Hume Recommends Christianity over Buddhism")
8.  The Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism Bans South Korean Politicians from Entering Temple
7.  Buddhist Monks in Thailand are Involved in Anti-Government Demonstrations
6.  Robert Aitken Roshi (American Zen Pioneer) and E. Gene Smith (founder of Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center) Both Pass Away
5.  Race Between Archaeologists and Chinese Government at Mes Aynak, Afghanistan
4.  Attacks Against the Jumma People of Bangladesh's Chittagong Hills Tracts
3.  Eido Shimano Roshi's Letters Are Opened and the American Sangha Reacts
2.  Tibet - H.H. the Dalai Lama Meets With President; Yushu Earthquake
1.  Aung San Suu Kyi is Released from House Arrest (See "U2 and Aung San Suu Kyi")

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