Buddhism

China Deepens Religious Repression in Tibet: Report

December 9, 2007

Author: Ben Blanchard

Source: Yahoo! News

Wire Service: Reuters

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20071210/wl_nm/china_tibet_dc

Religious repression in the Chinese ruled Himalayan region of Tibet is tightening, with authorities intensifying pressure on monks to denounce the exiled Dalai Lama, a new report said on Monday.

The government had started building police stations close to, or even in, monasteries,...

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Buddhist Center's Future Uncertain

December 9, 2007

Author: DAVID SMILEY

Source: The Miami Herald

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/miami_dade/east/story/336736.html

When Reginald Nicholson first realized the severity of his cancer, he considered meditation as a way to cope with his illness.

Looking for help, he called a number of sources, including monks in Australia. And then Nicholson heard about the Zab Sang Institute, a place offering Buddhist teachings in his own backyard...

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U.N. Report Finds 31 Killed in Myanmar Crackdown

December 8, 2007

Author: WARREN HOGE

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/08/world/asia/08nations.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

At least 31 people were killed in Myanmar during the military government’s crackdown on protests this fall, and arrests of and nighttime raids on suspected demonstrators are continuing, a United Nations human rights expert who visited the country last month said on Friday.

In a report...

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Burma to Put Protesters on Trial

December 4, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Bangkok Post

http://www.bangkokpost.com/breaking_news/breakingnews.php?id=124189

Protesters who participated in the September demonstrations in Rangoon will not be prosecuted if they had acted peacefully, the top Burmese policeman said Monday.

"Only those individuals involved in arson or the possession of illegal weapons will be brought to trial," police chief Khin Yi told a press conference in...

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Japan to Confer Dharma Chakra Gold Medal on Sri Lanka President

December 4, 2007

Author: Rodney Martinesz

Source: The Buddhist Channel/Lanka Daily News

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=43,5502,0,0,1,0

President Mahinda Rajapaksa is to be presented with a 24 carat gold medal for his efforts to propagate Buddhist cultural values and precepts by the Honganji Foundation when the Lankan leader visits Japan this week.

This is the first such honour bestowed on a citizen of any country by the...

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Four Muslims Shot Dead in Thai South: Police

December 3, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Associated Foreign Press

http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5jb4mVsFss9vtxY5Wz18nu91fvxHA

Four Muslim men, including a village chief, were shot dead by suspected rebels in separate attacks in Thailand's insurgency-torn south, police said Sunday.

The latest attacks followed last week's gruesome killings of a Muslim military informant and two Buddhist men in the region, which has been rocked by...

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Development Eludes Bangladeshi Buddhist Tribals

December 2, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Earth Times

Wire Service: IANS

http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/151734.html

Major problems confronting Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) in Bangladesh, home to the country's Buddhist tribals, remain unresolved ten years after a peace treaty led to their surrender.

Ethnic minority leaders in general have blamed it on lack of political will by successive governments, who have...

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Karma Police Hunt for Thieves Who Made off with Valuable Ornaments

November 29, 2007

Author: SIMON WROE

Source: Camden New Journal

http://www.thecnj.com/camden/2007/112907/news112907_19.html

BUDDHA burglars have struck at a Kentish Town garden centre for the second time this year, uprooting 10 of the pot-bellied gods from their meditation. Ignoring the possibility of bad karma, the thieves stole the Balinese stone statues, most worth several hundred pounds, from the Boma Garden Centre in Islip Street on Sunday...

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Altercation Escalates into Ethnic Riot in Rural Tibet

November 26, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The News

http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=82820

An altercation between a Han Chinese shop owner and Tibetan monks in rural Tibet escalated into an ethnic riot, a source with knowledge of the incident said on Sunday, the latest sign of discontent in the unsettled region.

The riot began after three Buddhist monks from the Baiga temple in Tibet’s Naqu district got into a scuffle with the shop...

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Buddhist Group Helps California Fire Victims

November 26, 2007

Source: The Buddhist Channel

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=65,5448,0,0,1,0

Los Angeles, CA (USA) -- A Taiwanese Buddhist organization has helped put out the fire that engulfed southern California in October.

The Buddhist Compassionate Relief Tzu Chi Foundation said on Sunday that its volunteers in 22 locations in the US all assisted in the rescue work. So far, it has helped more than 2,000 families and 6,000 people receive support from the...

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Singapore's Burmese Buddhist Temple Closes Door To Activists

November 23, 2007

Author: Paul Icamina

Source: The Buddhist Channel

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=57,5438,0,0,1,0

The largest Burmese Buddhist temple in Singapore closed its doors Friday to activists who have been using it as a venue and even as a mailing address as they protest human rights violations and call for democracy in Myanmar. Participants clad in red T-shirts have been holding massive prayer sessions at the temple, distributing pro-...

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Zen Center Utilized as Meditation Space, Homework Resource

November 21, 2007

Author: Caroline Page

Source: The Buddhist Channel

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=61,5415,0,0,1,0

Austin, Texas (USA) -- Though the Austin Zen Center could provide a calm meditative environment close to UT campus for Buddhist students, more students use the facility for class assignment research than participating in Buddhist practices.

"We have an awful lot of people who come and ask us to help with their papers - people...

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Row over Buddhist Prayer Boycott

November 21, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/south_of_scotland/7106069.stm

The conduct of councilors who opted not to take part in a Buddhist prayer before a meeting is to be reported to the Standards Commission for Scotland.

Three Conservative members of Dumfries and Galloway Council said they made the decision on religious grounds.

The prayer and blessing were...

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First Buddhist Centre in Uganda

November 20, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Buddhist Channel

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=71,5414,0,0,1,0

The Uganda Buddhist Centre, founded in 2005, is a major initiative in the heart of Africa which intends to provide the first stable source of Dhamma in Uganda.

The centre is a major initiative in the heart of Africa and intends to provide the first stable source of the original teachings of the Buddha in Uganda. It aims to...

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