Buddhism has been in the news a lot lately—so much so that it was one of the top ten Google trends only days ago. With disgraced celebrity golfer Tiger Woods having mentioned the religion of his birth in a statement to the media, and comments about the athlete’s faith from Brit Hume and Bill Maher also widely discussed, it was sort of inevitable. In addition, His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s recent visit with U.S. President Barack Obama (after the very controversial cancellation of a scheduled appointment between the two by the White House last year) has kept Buddhism in the spotlight. (His Holiness was even asked about Woods by various press agencies and representatives.)
Though it’s only the first week of March, it’s shaping up to be a really interesting year for Buddhist news. That’s saying something when you consider what a remarkable year last year was in terms of Buddhist news—and I’m not even talking about House District 20, Wat Mongkolratanaram, Osel Hita Torres, the Episcopal Buddhist bishop flap, “good manners” in the Thai sangha, or “Dharma Wars”! Below are my “Top Ten Buddhist News Stories of 2009”—last year’s items that you should definitely be aware of.
See the top ten news stories here: