Buddhism

Cambodian Buddhist Temple Opens in Hampton

July 8, 2007

Author: Jessica Mador

Source: Minnesota Public Radio

http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/07/08/temple/

Hampton, Minn. — The temple sits on a hilltop surrounded by miles of cornfields and horse farms.

On this day, it's surrounded by cars. Thousands of Cambodian Buddhists from around the world have come to tiny Hampton for the consecration celebration for the temple, called Watt Munisota.

"This kind...

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Spiritual Step for Monastery

July 5, 2007

Author: Topher Sanders

Source: The Buddhist Channel

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=60,4431,0,0,1,0

ITHACA, New York (USA) -- The monks of the Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies performed a ritual ground ceremony Wednesday, preparing the way for heavy construction to begin on Ithaca's new monastery.

About 50 people braved the rain Wednesday to witness the ceremony. The 15,000-square-foot monastery, scheduled...

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'Goddess' Sacked for Visiting US

July 3, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6264014.stm

A 10-year-old girl who is [worshiped] as a living goddess in Nepal has been stripped of her title for defying tradition and visiting the US.

Sajani Shakya was one of the three most-revered Kumaris, who are honoured by Hindus and Buddhists alike.

Chosen after undergoing tests at the age of two, she had been expected to bless devotees and attend...

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Opening of Thai Buddhist Temple Raises over £20,0000

July 3, 2007

Source: The Buddhist Channel

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=3,4424,0,0,1,0

The week-end opening of a new Thai Buddhist Temple in King Bromley in Staffordshire raised over £20,000 towards its purchase and attracted over 1,200 visitors.

At the opening, an appeal was launched to help repay the loan required for the building. Members of the public were invited to purchase a square metre of the land in which the temple is located.

The...

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New Life in a New Temple

July 2, 2007

Author: Frederick Melo

Source: The Buddhist Channel

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=62,4413,0,0,1,0

Hampton, Minn. (USA) -- His parents had divorced. Classmates picked on him because of his lanky build, his name and ethnicity. His grades hit bottom, and a funk seemed to hang over every moment at school, tempting him to drop out.

But when Kunmony Hang's guidance counselor suggested he see a therapist, the sophomore from...

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Zoning Laws Could Force Buddhists to Retreat from Ore. Plans

July 2, 2007

Source: The Examiner

http://www.examiner.com/a-809179~Zoning_laws_could_force_Buddhists_to_retreat_from_Ore__plans.html

CROW, Ore. (Map, News) - A Buddhist group plans to build a $5 million retreat center on forest land dotted with pastures, flower meadows, creeks, springs and lakes.

But it doesn't sound so idyllic to Lane County officials, who say the 160-acre parcel in a valley southwest of Eugene is zoned for growing...

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Internment Camp Diaries Shine Light on American Buddhist Experience

July 2, 2007

Source: University of California, Berkeley

http://ls.berkeley.edu/?q=node/505

For Duncan Williams, the cream-colored volumes on his bookshelves in Dwinelle Hall are anything but ordinary accounts of life in the internment camps where Japanese-Americans were held prisoner during World War II.

Totaling some 1,600 pages, these paper-bound diaries written in Japanese are windows into the interior lives of Buddhists in the camps, particularly of Buddhist priests and community leaders who...

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Honoring the `Awakened One' at 2,550

July 1, 2007

Author: Robert Knox

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2006/06/01/honoring_the_awakened_one_at_2550/

You don't have to be a Buddhist to celebrate the Buddha 's birthday, according to planners of a celebration in Braintree this weekend. "It's for everybody," said Venerable Pannaloka Bhante of the Samantabhadra Buddhist Center.

And you won't have to travel to Asia to enjoy...

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Thai Charter Drafters Reject Buddhism as National Religion

June 30, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Yahoo! News

Wire Service: AFP

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070630/wl_asia_afp/thailandpoliticsconstitutionreligion

BANGKOK (AFP) - Thailand's constitution writers have rejected a plea to name Buddhism as the national religion, a drafter said Saturday, despite protests and hunger strikes by campaigning monks. ADVERTISEMENT

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Monks End Protest, Still Demand Buddhist State Religion

June 29, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: MCOT News

http://etna.mcot.net/query.php?nid=30224

BANGKOK, June 29 (TNA) – Buddhist monks and laypeople ended their protest outside Parliament on Friday after staging a rally and hunger strike there for several weeks, demanding that the drafters of the new constitution officially recognise Buddhism as Thailand's religion in the charter.

While the Constitution Drafting Assembly (CDA) is considering the article,...

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U.S. Nurse Organizing Buddhist Medical Training for Mongolian Doctors

June 27, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: MongoliaWeb

http://www.mongolia-web.com/content/view/1116/2/

A United States nurse is organizing training session in traditional Buddhist medical practices for Mongolian doctors.

Sas Carey, a nurse from Middlebury, Vermont, made her first visit to [Mongolia] in the mid-1990’s. While in Ulaanbaatur, she persuaded Dr. Boldsaikhan, who she met at the Institute of Traditional Medicine, to take her on as a...

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Lake Santa Fe Buddhist Center Mostly Draws Praise, Excitement

June 26, 2007

Author: AMY REININK

Source: The Buddhist Channel

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=61,4390,0,0,1,0

EARLETON, Florida (USA) -- Amid fields of organic blueberries and acres of lakefront cypress groves, a group of Gainesville Buddhists is building its future.

Long-term plans call for a monastery, cultural center, nature preserve and retreat for one of the highest ranking Buddhists in the world to be built on a 143-acre...

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