Buddhism

Religion's Revolutionary Role

September 30, 2007

Author: Kelly Wallace

Source: CBS News

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/09/30/eveningnews/main3312642.shtml

The struggle in Myanmar between the military government and its opponents has been going on for decades. But it was the striking image of Buddhist monks demanding political justice that finally got Myanmar front page attention around the world, reports CBS News correspondent Kelly Wallace.

"They make us stop and...

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Bomb Blasts Damage Buddhist Relic in Pakistan

September 29, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Original Source: The Times of India

Wire Service: AP

A seventh-century Buddhist relic in Pakistan was damaged when Islamic militants blasted it with dynamite, police said on Saturday.

They said that the militants used home-made bombs to try to blow up the mountainside engraving, a Buddhist pilgrimage site, and fired at it using automatic weapons.

"Late on Friday, militants attempted to blow up the engraving but they could only...

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Monks Killed in Myanmar crackdown

September 26, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: THe Buddhist Channel/AlJazeera English News

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=51,4984,0,0,1,0

Up to seven people including three monks are reported to have been killed in a violent crackdown on anti-government protests in Myanmar.

Riot police used tear gas and batons to disperse tens of thousands of protesters on Wednesday, bringing swift international condemnation.

A witness in...

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Vandals Splash Paint on Gates of Kyoto's Sanjusangendo

September 24, 2007

Author: Yomiuri Shimbun

Source: The Buddhist Channel

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=44,4956,0,0,1,0

Two gates of the renowned Sanjusangendo Buddhist hall in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, were found Sunday morning to have been vandalized with gray paint, police said.

Higashiyama Police Station is investigating the case on suspicion of property destruction.

About 8 a.m., a temple employee noticed the paint splotches...

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Monks’ Protest Is Challenging Burmese Junta

September 24, 2007

Author: SETH MYDANS

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/24/world/asia/24myanmar.html?ex=1191297600&en=74723f2f699a53db&ei=5070&emc=eta1

The largest street protests in two decades against Myanmar’s military rulers gained momentum Sunday as thousands of onlookers cheered huge columns of Buddhist monks and shouted support for the detained pro-democracy leader Daw Aung...

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Locals Tune into iMonk for Enlightenment

September 20, 2007

Author: Edward Stoner

Source: Vail Daily

http://www.vaildaily.com/article/20070920/NEWS/70918026

EDWARDS — Up past the gates of Cordillera, on a ridge with sweeping views of the neighborhood, in the basement of a large, immaculately kept home, is where they seek awakening.

To one side of the room is a table with a photo of the Dalai Lama and a photo of the Karmapa, another Buddhist leader. There’s also a small figure of the...

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Western Nuns: The More Difficult Path

September 18, 2007

Author: Sopaporn Kurz

Source: The Buddhist Channel/The Nation

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=6,4899,0,0,1,0

For Western women, leaving behind the worldly life for that of a Buddhist monastery is not an easy choice. Even once personal apprehension is overcome, your family's misgivings can be daunting. Unlike Thai men being ordained for brief periods, taking the vows in other countries can mean a promise never to leave.

"I...

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NGOs Call China to Withdraw Measures on Tibetan Buddhism

September 15, 2007

Author: Ngawang C. Drakmargyapon

Source: Phayul

http://www.phayul.com/news/article.aspx?article=NGOs+call+China+to+withdraw+Measures+on+Tibetan+Buddhism&id=17925

In a statement to the Sixth session of the UN Human Rights Council on Thursday, 10 NGOs urged Ms. Asma Jahangir, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, to endorse their call “that the Chinese authorities...

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First American Nun Installed as Resident Minister of U.S. Nichiren Temple

September 14, 2007

Author: Sandra Seki/Myokei Caine-Barrett

Source: Nichiren Shu News/The Buddhist Channel

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=61,4873,0,0,1,0

Rev. Myokei Caine-Barrett, the first Amerian (Afro-Amerian) nun of the Nichiren-shu Order, was installed as the first resident minister of the Myokenji Temple of the Nichiren Buddhist Sangha of Texas in a ceremony held in the Cullen Oaks Community Center on July 8. Bishop Shokai Kanai of the Nichiren...

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Protests and Demonstrations not Sitting Well with all Buddhists

September 10, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Buddhist Channel

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=70,4827,0,0,1,0

Dhaka, Bangladesh -- The executive committee of Mahabodhi Maitri Mandalahas has unanimously endorsed a joint resolution condemning the growing number of protests and demonstrations incited by members of the Buddhist Sangha throughout Asia.

The resolution specifically made references to actions by members of the Sangha in...

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Buddhism with a Brazilian Touch

September 10, 2007

Author: Mauricio Savarese

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/lifestyleMolt/idUSN0325424920070910

TRES COROAS, Brazil (Reuters Life!) - The voices chanting the ancient Tibetan Buddhist mantras have a trace of a bossa nova lilt. Meditation sometimes has to wait until after a game of soccer.

High in the mountains of Brazil's Rio Grande do Sul state lies the Chagdud Gonpa Khadro Ling (Buddhist center) -- "the sacred...

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Association of Monks in Burma Urges Holding Protest Day on Sept 11

September 10, 2007

Author: Joi Htaw

Source: The Buddhist Channel/Independent Mon News Agency

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=51,4836,0,0,1,0

Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) -- The association of monks in Burma ­ Sangha Thanmaggi has urged all monks to step outside monasteries and stage peaceful protest walks tomorrow to show their unity and condemn the violence perpetrated by the [pro-junta] Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA) and Pyithu Swan...

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