First Theravada Buddhist Temple in Area Dedicated

April 30, 2007

Author: Karen Kane

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


The dedication yesterday of the Pittsburgh Buddhist Center in Harrison was a feast for the senses.

There were monks swaddled in yards of orange cotton, the traditional ancient vestment of Buddhist priests; dark-haired, dark-eyed women in long dresses topped with saris; spicy-sweet smells from tables loaded with bowls brimming with food; the...

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Celebrating Buddha's Birthday

April 29, 2007

Author: Brooke Williams

Source: Union-Tribune/Buddhist Channel


Vista, CA (USA) -- People of all ages and backgrounds gathered at white picnic tables in the parking lot of the Vista Buddhist Temple yesterday to celebrate birthdays.

Not just the birthday of Buddha, but the birthdays that give each person a chance to bloom.

“You might say this weekend is a big...

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Friction Surprises Buddhist Leaders

April 29, 2007

Author: Rosa Salter Rodriguez

Source: Journal Gazette/Buddhist Channel


Fort Wayne, Indiana (USA) -- To many, it looks like ordinary gray pea gravel. But to some in southeast Fort Wayne, it marks a religious and cultural divide.

The gravel, in the front yard of Jetavan Vihara Temple at 1204 Sylvia St. off Decatur Road, showed up a year or so ago – after neighbors...

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Building a Buddhist Fellowship

April 28, 2007

Author: Mirko Petricevic

Source: The Buddhist Channel


KITCHENER, Ontario (Canada) -- Hands flail and voices rise at the Phommaviharam Buddhist Temple. About a dozen monks and lay people sitting around a table hash out details of an event they're staging at Kitchener City Hall next month.

At first glance, it looks like just another lively planning meeting.

But it's...

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Buddhist Rally Alarms Surayud

April 24, 2007

Source: Bangkok Post


Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont yesterday suggested that there could be an ulterior motive behind a mass rally to press for Buddhism to be recognised as the state religion in the new constitution. He said things could not be taken at face value when asked to comment on an observation that the demonstration had a hidden agenda.

The prime minister said the issue should be resolved through...

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San Jose Monks Await Dalai Lama

April 24, 2007

Author: Mike Cassidy

Source: Contra Costa Times


Thupten Donyo's business is all about calm, but this, well, this is testing even the Tibetan monk's sense of serenity.

It's just days before Donyo and the four other monks from his tiny San Jose monastery will host a Bay Area visit by the Dalai Lama.

Yes. The Dalai Lama. Nobel Prize winner. Head of state in exile. Spiritual...

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Constitution Debate 'Buddhism Defines Thailand'

April 23, 2007

Source: The Buddhist Channel/The Nation


Bangkok, Thailand -- Buddhist groups are increasing pressure to have the faith recognised as the national religion in the new constitution. They have threatened to reject the charter if it is not. Movement leader General Thongchai Kuersakul talks to Pravit Rojanaphruk.

Below are excerpts.

Why is there a need to have a national religion?


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A Boost for Buddhists in Shah Alam

April 23, 2007


Source: The Buddhist Channel/The Star


Shah Alam, Selangor (Malaysia) -- MEMBERS of the Shah Alam Buddhist Society (SABS) now have a more spacious building in Section 32, Bukit Rimau. Work on the two-storey building is 90% complete. Construction work started in March 2005.

Spread over 60,000 sq ft, the building cost more than RM5mil to build and funds...

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Buddhists Bring Purification Rite to U.S.

April 22, 2007

Author: Yvonne Villarreal

Source: The Buddhist Channel/The Los Angeles Times


Los Angeles, CA (USA) -- Nearly 3,000 people, mostly Buddhists from around the world, gathered in Yorba Linda on Saturday to take part in a fiery 1,300-year-old purification ritual that organizers say has never been open to the public

The Shinnyo-en Order of Japan held the annual Saito Homa Fire...

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A Growing Buddhist Population Tests the Neighborliness of a City

April 21, 2007

Author: Christopher Maag

Source: The New York Times


FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The newest Buddhist temple here is a vinyl-sided house on the edge of the prairie. Worship services are so popular that people who arrive late must squeeze into the two-car garage, kneel on the concrete floor and pray between a golden statue of a smiling Buddha and a black Craftsman riding lawnmower.


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Buddhists Celebrate New Year

April 18, 2007

Source: Star News Group


GREATER Dandenong’s Thai, Cambodian, Laos, Burmese and Sri Lankan communities celebrated the Songkran, the Buddhist new year this week.

The three-day celebration fell on 14,15 and 16 April and was marked at temples around Greater Dandenong.

Greater Dandenong mayor Youhorn Chea, who was born in Cambodia, said it was a festive time for the communities. “The tradition has long been...

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Watsonville Celebration, Flower Festival Bring Generations Together

April 16, 2007


Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel


WATSONVILLE — The Watsonville Buddhist Temple opened its doors Sunday to celebrate spring with food, demonstrations and a display of history. Known as Hanamatsuri, the event also commemorates the birth of Buddha, which falls on April 8.

The temple's minister, the Rev....

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Thousands Celebrate Buddha's Birth

April 16, 2007


Source: Orange County Register


ANAHEIM – Inside a second-story classroom at the Orange County Buddhist Church on Sunday, Kyuka Kanesaka, 60, worked quietly next to her son, Gankyo Nakamuri, 26, making small dogs out of willow tree wood.

The room full of Kimekoni figurines, ranging from the one-inch pups to 18-inch boys and...

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Buddhist Shrine Brings a Bit of Cambodia to Area

April 16, 2007

Author: Kristen Holland

Source: The Dallas Morning News


A member of Cambodia's royal family has spent more than a year painstakingly creating a three-story replica of a mausoleum at Angkor Wat, a temple complex northwest of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

And he's been...

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