Buddhism

Thai Buddhist Temple to Rise

August 15, 2007

Author: JAMES MCGINNIS

Source: MSNBC

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20276808/

BENSALEM - Members of the Mongkoltepmunee order believe meditation allows them to reduce stress, improve mental focus and connect with God.

A four-story Thai Buddhist temple of white walls, orange roofs and gold trimmings will soon rise from the woods near Knights and Byberry roads in Bensalem.

The Mongkoltepmunee shrine will be a place of high ceremonies and...

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Buddhist Ritual Upsets State Eco Agency

August 14, 2007

Source: The Washington Post

Wire Service: AP

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/08/14/AR2007081400530.html

PATERSON, N.J. -- Members of a Buddhist sect bought hundreds of eels, frogs and turtles and set them free in the Passaic River, hoping they would survive in the once-polluted stream and realize their karmic potential.

The act did nothing for the karma of the state Department...

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Protesting Buddhist Monks to Stop Rally

August 13, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Buddhist Channel

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=52,4663,0,0,1,0

Bangkok, Thailand -- Members of a Buddhist organisation who had planned to hold another round of a rally here if the proposed constitution which does not officially recognise Buddhism as Thailand's religion sails through next week's referendum have agreed to suspend their activities after Her Majesty the Queen suggested that religion...

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Buddhist Temple Seeks Peace over Food Court

August 12, 2007

Author: DANA BARTHOLOMEW

Source: Los Angeles Daily News

http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_6609027

NORTH HOLLYWOOD - The Thai grub was just too good for its own good.

The nationally acclaimed weekend food court at Wat Thai Los Angeles Buddhist temple closed Sunday, an apparent victim of its own success.

So many foodies have flocked to the Thai food nirvana that the temple has temporarily suspended food sales because of neighborhood...

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Two Buddhists Decapitated in Thai South

August 9, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Scotsman.com

Wire Service: Reuters

http://news.scotsman.com/latest_international.cfm?id=1248622007

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Suspected Muslim militants killed and decapitated two elderly Buddhists, then burned their houses in violent-wrecked southern Thailand, police said on Thursday.

The attacks in Yala province on Wednesday night followed a security sweep by government...

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Indian Tibetans March to Shame Olympics Host China

August 8, 2007

Author: Jonathan Allen

Source: Yahoo! News

Wire Service: Reuters

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070809/wl_nm/india_tibet_protest_dc

Thousands of Tibetans marched through New Delhi and New York on Wednesday, shouting slogans and waving flags in protest against China's actions in Tibet at the start of the one-year countdown to the Beijing Olympics.

In one of the biggest rallies by Tibetans in India,...

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Thai Buddhist Vigilante Squads Suspected

August 7, 2007

Author: RUNGRAWEE C. PINYORAT

Source: Guardian Unlimited

http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-6833183,00.html

KOLOMUDO VILLAGE, Thailand (AP) - The black-uniformed raiders roared into this Thai Muslim village, firing assault rifles and hurling grenades from a pickup truck at a group of teenagers relaxing near the mosque. When the attack was over, five of the youths lay dead.

As they have done in the past, authorities...

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Buddhist Chaplain Candidate Trains at Fort Carson

August 7, 2007

Author: Mark Hanrahan

Source: News First

http://www.koaa.com/news/view.asp?ID=8545

Lieutenant Somya Malasri isn't your average soldier. He joined the Army at age 35, after spending more than 10 years as a Buddhist monk. Malasri grew up in Thailand, and he is now training to become the first Buddhist chaplain in the Army. A decision that forced him to give up his title as a monk. "I had to change my status to 'minister' because a Buddhist monk cannot be a...

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Californian Catholics Against Teaching of Meditation in Public Schools

August 6, 2007

Source: The Buddhist Channel

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=65,4611,0,0,1,0

Oakland, CA (USA) -- At Oakland’s Emerson Elementary School, students may not be able to say a public “Our Father,” but they can publicly practice “mindfulness” techniques, adapted from Buddhism, in which “the children learn to follow their breath, watch their thoughts and focus their attention by listening to the tone of a Tibetan singing bowl...

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Tibetans 'Held after China Rally'

August 3, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/6929462.stm

A group of Tibetans were arrested in western China after public calls for the return of Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, reports say.

The incident took place on 1 August at a festival in Litang town in western Sichuan, Radio Free Asia and the International Campaign for Tibet said.

Local resident Runggye Adak was...

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China Insists on Naming Living Buddhas

August 3, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Boston Globe

htt p://w ww.boston.com/news/world/asia/articles/2007/08/03/china_insists_on_naming_living_buddhas/

BEIJING --Ratcheting up its control over Tibetan Buddhism, China on Friday asserted the sole right to recognize living Buddhas, reincarnations of famous lamas that form the backbone of the religion's clergy.

All future incarnations of living Buddhas related to Tibetan Buddhism "must get government approval," the official Xinhua News Agency said,...

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Atlanta Gets First Zen Master

August 3, 2007

Author: MONI BASU

Source: The Buddhist Channel

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=61,4596,0,0,1,0

Atlanta, Georgia (USA) -- The way Taiun Michael Elliston proposes you wake up is to plant yourself on a black-cushioned bench facing a blank wall and sit still. In silence. And keep sitting.

His disciples follow him into a small sanctuary near Emory University. They endure what is seemingly easy, but difficult to do. Human minds...

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