Buddhism

Monks to Lead Mass Political Rally

April 16, 2007

Source: The Buddhist Channel

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=52,3957,0,0,1,0

Bangkok, Thailand -- Hundreds of monks are expected to lead Buddhist disciples to march to Parliament on Monday to insist on a clause in the new Constitution declaring Buddhism as the national religion for the first time in history.

The monks will come from 500 temples in Bangkok and several other provinces. They will be joined by Buddhist lay people from across the...

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Everyone Enjoyed the Thai New Year

April 14, 2007

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian-series.co.uk/mostpopular.var.1326142.mostviewed.everyone_enjoyed_the_thai_new_year.php

GLORIOUS sunshine soaked Thai New Year celebrations at Wanstead Flats on Sunday.

The Wat Buddharam Thai Buddhist event brought the community together to enjoy traditional festivities and raise £16,485 for their new religious centre which was destroyed in a fire last month.

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Buddhist Monk Says Meditation Helps Ease Rush of Life, Cultivates 'True Happiness'

April 13, 2007

Author: BARBARA KARKABI

Source: Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/4712843.html

Tuklu Thondup's serene life in a secluded Tibetan monastery ended when he was 18.

It was 1958 and China had invaded Tibet. Thondup and his fellow monks crossed 1,000 miles of mountains and rugged country to reach India — a grueling trip that caused the death of his beloved teacher.

"He was like my...

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Venerable Yang and the Bright Light

April 10, 2007

Author: Babita Persaud

Source: Orlando Sentinel

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/orl-temple1007apr10,0,5935767.story

Chueh Yang arrived in Orlando in 2001, her two suitcases packed with Buddhist prayer books, robes and a rice bowl.

When her monastery called her home to Taiwan just a few weeks ago, she went as she came, suitcases in tow.

Yang left behind a new temple and a congregation with a new youth group who hold...

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Push to Include Buddhism in New Constitution

April 10, 2007

Source: Radio Australia

http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/asiapac/programs/s1893868.htm

Thailand is in the middle of drafting a new constitution. Many lobby groups have been voicing their opinions since the drafting process began last September. But one of the most controversial lobbyists is the Thai Buddhist clergy, who are again calling for the religion to be part of the new constitution.

HILL: Buddhism's influence on Thai culture is obvious to even a...

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Tsering Gyaltsen: An Inside Job

April 9, 2007

Author: Carol Reeves

Source: The Buddhist Channel/Corvallis Gazette-Times

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=65,3932,0,0,1,0

Corvallis, OR (USA) -- Tsering Gyaltsen has come a long way to settle in Corvallis as the teacher of a small but devoted group of students interested in learning the ancient practices of Tibetan Buddhism.

Born in western Tibet in 1945, Gyaltsen went into exile to India with his family at the age of 16....

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Hanamatsuri Brings Island Buddhists Together

April 9, 2007

Author: Dennis Fujimoto

Source: The Buddhist Channel/The Garden

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=65,3934,0,0,1,0

Kaua'i, Hawaii (USA) -- For youngsters, the pouring of the sweet tea over the figure of the Buddha was the highlight Sunday, when more than 300 Buddhists from around the island celebrated Hanamatsuri.

“It’s not very often that Hanamatsuri and Easter fall on the same day,” said Brian Yamamoto of...

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Laotian Community Celebrates New Year

April 7, 2007

Author: ALICIA DUPLESSIS

Source: The Daily Iberian

http://www.iberianet.com/articles/2007/04/07/news/news/news12.txt

If the Lao belief that the purity of water brings good luck is true, then the Laotian community in Broussard will reap a prosperous year.

Pouring rain and chilly temperatures Saturday did not stop the annual Laotian New Year celebration at the Wat Thammarattanaram Buddhist Temple, where hundreds of community...

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Japanese Buddhists to Mark Founder’s Birthday Tomorrow

April 7, 2007

Source: Honolulu Star-Bulletin

http://starbulletin.com/2007/04/07/features/story03.html

Some island Buddhists will celebrate the birth of the religion's founder tomorrow in a Buddha Day celebration at Kapiolani Park.

After a 9 a.m. service at the Kapiolani Bandstand, the Hanamatsuri festival will continue with a bon dance, a puppet show of the birth of Buddha by Pacific Buddhist Academy students and bouncing castles for children. Snacks will be sold at food...

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Tularosa Home to New Buddhist Center

April 6, 2007

Author: S. Derrickson Moore

Source: The Buddhist Channel/Alamogordo Daily News

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=64,3928,0,0,1,0

TULAROSA, New Mexico (USA) -- It's the kind of rustic, hand-lettered sign you often see in the rural West, giving notice of a cattle crossing or the name of an isolated ranch. This sign offers directions "To the Buddhafield of Infinite Appearance."

It's just one indication of a growing presence of...

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San Jose Marine Gets Discharge for Being Conscientious Objector

April 2, 2007

Source: The Buddhist Channel/L.A. Times

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=65,3910,0,0,1,0

SAN JOSE, Calif. (USA) -- A federal judge in San Jose has taken the unusual step of ordering the Marine Corps to grant a reservist's request for a discharge as a conscientious objector.

Lance Cpl. Robert Zabala, 23, said he joined the Marines as part of a family tradition of military service. But he said he was shocked during boot camp here to find such a strong...

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1,000 Buddhists Rally in Thailand Against Muslim Insurgents

March 31, 2007

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/214/story_21483_1.html

Saba Yoi, Thailand - Hundreds of Buddhists rallied in Thailand's restive south Monday in anger over a bloody Islamic insurgency amid fears it could erupt into a sectarian battle between religious communities, officials said.

Protesters demanded that civilians be allowed to carry guns to protect themselves, and urged authorities to resist...

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Malaysians Celebrate Newly Appointed Chief Monk for Jurisdiction

March 27, 2007

Source: The Buddhist Channel

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=56,3884,0,0,1,0

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- The Malaysian Buddhist fraternity was in full force at the felicitation ceremony of Ven B Sri Saranankara Nayaka Maha Thero held at the Buddhist Maha Vihara temple in Sentul last Saturday.

Also present at the ceremony were Deputy Home Affairs Minister Datuk Tan Chai Ho, Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Ng Lip Yong who is also Batu...

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