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STARTMay 2014
  • Who is Eurasia? The Advent of Politics into Geography

    Assoc. Prof. Murat ÇEMREK

    LocationEurasiaEXTCIAfactbook The Kalchakra Pooja at Bodh Gaya: Spiritualism and NationalismOne of the very first things I have learned after starting the school was “Turkey is a bridge between Europe and Asia.” This metaphor of “bridge” has been one of the basic official mottos of the Turkish Republic to help its citizens feel closer or even part Europe -so the Western world. This motto did not also led them sacrifice their Asiatic roots in tandem with the official history of designating their ancestors to have left the Central Asian steppes due to drought but transferring civilization to the frontiers of Asia called Anatolia. Of course, I had also learnt that Turkey, even before the establishment of the Republic, was trying to be a part of Europe and the West much or less in its path toward modernization, or read it as Europeanization/Westernization. However following the Republic, Turkey has tried its best to alienate itself from the East, so the Iron Curtain after the World War II that meant the Soviet Union or the Communist Russia in popular saying. As a child what I understood from the Iron Curtain was that it was not easy to go to the Soviets, including the lands of the ancestors and the Turkic brethren, or any other socialist country of the era.

    7Apr
  • Changing Equations In The Middle East

    Dr. Dilek YİĞİT

    1024px Relief Map of Middle East The Kalchakra Pooja at Bodh Gaya: Spiritualism and Nationalism

    It is known that there are certain opinions about 2013 not been a good year in terms of Turkey’s foreign policy. Based on the developments in the Middle East such as civil war, conflicts and increases in the regional instability which took place during a period called “The Arab Spring”, opinions concerning the inefficacy of the Turkish foreign policy have been brought forward based on several reasons such as “wrong policies” and “false predictions”. When success or failure in the politics of the actors in the international arena are evaluated by focusing only on the Middle East, it can be seen that 2013 wasn’t a successful year for the US, the European Union, which is struggling with its economic problems and the United Nations which bears the responsibility of maintaining international peace and security as well. Therefore, if we are to mention a failure, this failure, especially

    6Apr
  • Japanese Foreign Policy and Human Security in the Context of an Emerging New Global Order

    After two periods of transition in the distribution of power in the international system - bipolarity after 1945 and unipolarity after the Cold War - today we are facing a new period of power transition and diffusion into an increasing multipolar order. Differences in values and in the political regimes of actors are becoming more relevant.
    BY RUI FARO SARAIVA | AUGUST 15, 2013 japan 2 The Kalchakra Pooja at Bodh Gaya: Spiritualism and Nationalism Asia, as a region, has seen growing economic, political or military power. In East Asia, Chinese economic growth is fuelling an increasing international acceptance or legitimization of authoritarian political regimes and conventionalist views about human rights. Japan can be seen to have conducted domestic and foreign policy both in consideration of its national interest and also through incorporating human-centred and peace-related principles as an important guiding concept to its foreign policy and development aid. Against this background this paper will consider contemporary structural changes and human security theory within foreign policy by using Japan as a case study. Specifically, the paper will focus on the links and interdependence between current global changes and challenges and how human security can be not only a tool to protect human dignity, but also acts as a guiding principle in Japanese foreign policy.
    1Apr
  • The Kalchakra Pooja at Bodh Gaya: Spiritualism and Nationalism

    The Kalchakra Pooja is supposed to be the most advanced form of Vajrayana practice and is one of the most complex systems in Tantric Buddhism. The present Dalai Lama, the fourteenth is the most prominent Kalchakra lineage holder alive today and has given over thirty Kalchakra initiations all over the world.

    BY DR. MANISH SINHA | APRIL 12, 2013
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    ‘Presented as ‘Kalchakra for World Peace’, they attract hundreds of thousands of devotees from all over the world. Kalchakra means Time Wheel derived from Kala in Sanskrit meaning time and Chakra meaning cycle. The Pooja revolves around the concept of time and cycles, from the cycles of the planets, to the cycles of our breath, and the practice of controlling the most subtle energies within the body on the path to enlightenment.[1] It is said that the Kalchakra Pooja was taught by the Buddha himself and was later brought to Tibet by King Suchandra. The Kalchakra Pooja conducted by the present Dalai Lama at Bodh Gaya between 31 December 2011 and 10 January 2012 was the thirty third initiation given by him. It was a mega international event attracting more than 3 lakh devotees from all over the world. The Tibetan Diaspora living in exile in India and elsewhere, and thousands of Tibetans from mainland Tibet and China (who crossed into India giving the Chinese authorities a slip) converged at Bodh Gaya. Apart from spirituality it provided them with a unique opportunity for cultural and social mobilization and most importantly to gather support and create awareness for the movement for Tibetan independence or autonomy.
    1Apr
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