Buddhism

No End in Sight as South Thai Rebellion Enters Fifth Year

January 3, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Original Source: AFP

Brutal killings have reached unprecedented levels in Thailand's Muslim-majority south, experts say, as the region enters the fifth year of a separatist insurgency that is tearing communities apart.

A government policy of reconciliation in the region has backfired, analysts told AFP, with rebels beheading, mutilating and even crucifying victims to try to spark a backlash and create divisions between Buddhists and Muslims.

"They kill in such brutal ways:...

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Buddhists Worry about 'Noisy' Bar

January 2, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/nottinghamshire/7167584.stm

A Buddhist centre in Nottingham has sent a petition to the city council opposing a new bar because noise may interrupt meditation classes. The centre said it could be forced to relocate if the licence was granted for the bar on St Mary's Gate.

But the bar's managing director David Caddick said "impact from the...

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Monk Group Urges Peaceful Protest

January 2, 2008

Author: Aye Nai

Source: The Buddhist Channel/The Democratic Voice of Burma

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=82,5686,0,0,1,0

The All-Burmese Monks Alliance called on the people of Burma to support their struggle against the regime, but stressed that they should not use violence, in a statement issued yesterday.

The statement urged monks to continue with their boycott of the Burmese regime, and said that if monks and the...

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New Year's a Time of Cleansing for Buddhists

December 29, 2007

Author: JIM JONES

Source: The Wichita Eagle

http://www.kansas.com/194/story/266300.html

Bob Carver, a Buddhist from Grapevine, Texas, won't be popping champagne corks on New Year's Eve. Instead, he will pray, chant and make resolutions that won't be forgotten in a day or two.

"The New Year for Buddhists is a serious time for re-determination -- a chance to start over," said Carver, a computer-security specialist. "We pray for wisdom and to do the...

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Buddhist Community Grows in South Florida Along with Thai Temple

December 28, 2007

Author: Suzette Laboy

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.newser.com/article/1A1-D8TU3BE00.html

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Between the alligator-infested Florida Everglades and the craziness of Miami Beach lies a peaceful centre surrounded by tomato and fruit farms.

Wat Buddharangsi, a Thai Buddhist temple, is unexpectedly found on two hectares in the rural town of Homestead, a short drive from Miami. To get there, you have to take the roads just...

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Cambodia Buddhist Monks, Police Clash During Protest to Show Solidarity with Vietnam Monks

December 19, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: AOL News

Wire Service: AP

http://news.aol.com/story/_a/cambodia-buddhist-monks-police-clash/n20071217040909990005

Dozens of Buddhist monks kicked, punched and hurled bottles at baton-wielding police in Cambodia's capital Monday at a demonstration to demand religious freedom for monks in neighboring Vietnam.

The clashes erupted as about 40 monks...

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Monks Rap, Strut in Effort to Re-Energize Buddhism

December 16, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Japan Times

Wire Service: AP

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20071216a5.html

Japanese monks and nuns held a fashion show — replete with rap music and a catwalk — at a major temple in Tokyo on Saturday to promote Buddhism.

In the Tokyo Bouz (monk) Collection held at Tsukiji Honganji, nearly 40 monks and nuns from eight major Buddhist sects joined in...

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Meditation Practice 'Frees' Inmates

December 15, 2007

Author: Rich Barlow

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/12/15/meditation_practice_frees_inmates/

It's not every teacher whose class attendance depends on whether there's a lockdown under way. But the Venerable Ajahn David Chutiko, a Buddhist monk, has accustomed himself to the vicissitudes of prison life in three years of teaching meditation at the Federal Medical Center Devens....

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RM10m (US$ 3 mil) Building for Kedah Buddhist Association

December 14, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Buddhist Channel/The Star

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=56,5587,0,0,1,0

Work on a new Kedah Buddhist Association building near Alor Star, Kedah, costing about RM10mil will start early next year.

Kedah Buddhist Association secretary Ong Jin Peng said that they had already got the approval from the Alor Star City Council for the new building. “We got the approval in September 2003 to...

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For Burmese People, a Friend in High Places

December 13, 2007

Author: Simon Montlake

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/1213/p06s02-woap.html

Nearly two decades of treating Burmese migrants on the Thai border has taught Cynthia Maung, herself a political refugee from military-ruled Burma (Myanmar), to expect the unexpected. Every day brings more migrants to her private clinic – many of whom can't afford treatment.

On Monday, the unexpected came from an entirely...

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Monks' Mantras Upset Locals

December 10, 2007

Author: Leah Hallett

Source: The Buddhist Channel/Gold Coast

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=49,5540,0,0,1,0

BUDDHIST monks seeking nirvana in the Gold Coast Hinterland have been accused of disturbing the peace of their neighbours.

Monks from the Hwazan Buddhist Association have been warned they can only pursue enlightenment on their own property between 7am and 7pm after being told their late night chanting on their...

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Buddhist Monk Shengguan Prevented From Attending Human Rights Conference

December 10, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Buddhist Channel/HRIC

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=46,5552,0,0,1,0

Human Rights in China has learned from Master Shengguan, a Buddhist monk and former political activist also known as Xu Zhiqiang, that he was barred on December 9, from traveling to attend a “Human Rights Day” conference in Guizhou.

Four state security personnel prevented Master Shengguan from boarding his...

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