Buddhism

Buddhist Retreat Center Takes a Gentle Approach

March 5, 2007

Author: John Sullivan

Source: The Buddhist Channel

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=60,3796,0,0,1,0

Shawangunk, New York (USA) -- Victor Lapuszynski had just finished his meal of turnip cakes, fried spring rolls and sushi rolls, when asked what he has gained most from the study of Buddhism.

The proper answer, he replied, was "nothing."

To understand that enigmatic response is to understand some of the wisdom...

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Massaging Young Minds

March 5, 2007

Author: Carol Chung

Source: The Buddhist Channel/The Standard

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=46,3797,0,0,1,0

Hong Kong, China -- The Su Bong Zen monastery, flanked by a foot massage parlor and a hair salon at its entrance, is not hard to find. And it is no longer a rarity in Hong Kong.

Among the more than 40 people sitting on round zafu cushions in the monastery, on the fifth floor of a commercial building in Causeway Bay...

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Religious Surge in Once-Atheist China Surprises Leaders

March 4, 2007

Author: HOWARD W. FRENCH

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/04/world/asia/04china.html

SHANGHAI, March 3 — Qin Fangyi’s religious moment came after a walk in the pouring rain two years ago to a nunnery for a ceremony that her mother had urged her to attend.

Ms. Qin’s mother converted to Buddhism two years earlier despite her husband’s open hostility to religion, and quietly nudged her...

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Buddhist Nun's Path to Peace Leads to Florida

March 4, 2007

Author: Waveney Ann Moore

Source: The Buddhist Channel/St Petersburg Times

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=61,3791,0,0,1,0

PINELLAS PARK, Florida (USA) -- The petite woman with a shaved head, saffron robes and slippers carefully selects fruit and vegetables from the produce stand bins.

Here, she doesn't turn heads. She's a regular. But it's not unusual for Bhikkhuni Sudarshana Peliyagoda, 37, to stand out in a crowd....

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Everyday Sacred: Halifax Shambhala Centre Treats All Things as Inherently Sacred

March 4, 2007

Author: Ann Shaftel

Source: The Chronicle Herald

http://thechronicleherald.ca/AtHome/561141.html

THE HALIFAX Shambhala Centre on Tower Road is known for its colourful shrine rooms filled with sacred art.

Centre director Andrea Doukas discussed the symbolism and care of Shambhala Buddhist sacred art as we walked through the rooms and offices.

She said that in the Shambhala Buddhist approach, everything is inherently sacred. Art...

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Bars Urged to Close over Buddhist Holiday

March 2, 2007

Source: The Buddhist Channel/Phuket Gazette

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=52,3790,0,0,1,0

PHUKET, Thailand -- The Makha Bucha holiday will again be marked by closed bars this year as police request all establishments that serve alcohol to shut down for the Buddhist celebration tomorrow.

Makha Bucha commemorates the day when 1,250 of Buddha’s disciples convened to hear the Buddha’s preachings. It also marks the day when Buddha...

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Buddhists Open Christchurch Temple

February 28, 2007

Source: press.co.nz

http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/thepress/3976412a6530.html

Serenity and enlightenment await Buddhist devotees with the opening of their new award-nominated Christchurch centre.

The International Buddhist Association centre in Riccarton Road, designed by Christchurch architectural firm Warren and Mahoney, includes a vegetarian cafe, art gallery, library and prayer hall.

The Christchurch president of the Buddha's Light Association,...

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Walking West for Peace; Zen Buddhists Begin Journey to California on Thursday

February 27, 2007

Author: Leslie Williams-Dennis

Source: Brownsville Herald

http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/onset?id=260&template=article.html

Nine Zen Buddhists, walking with only their backpacks and donated boots, will take the first steps of a long journey here Thursday.

“I walk in robes, I walk without money, I have to beg for everything,” Claude AnShin Thomas, a Zen Buddhist monk and group leader, said. “What we...

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Meditation Teaches Kids About Calmness, Focus

February 24, 2007

Author: Greg Garrison

Source: Star-Telegram

http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/living/religion/16766520.htm

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- On a Sunday afternoon at the Birmingham Shambhala Meditation Center in Avondale, children sitting on red cushions took turns talking about Buddha and discussed learning how to meditate.

"I'm kind of crazy these days," said Ashlin Duncan, 6, "and my mom says I should come here."

Several said they knew a...

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Tibetan Buddhists Celebrate 40 Years in Scotland

February 24, 2007

Source: news.scotsman.com

http://news.scotsman.com/edinburgh.cfm?id=296552007

TIBETAN Buddhists are set to stage a day of events in the Capital to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their first home in Europe.

Akong Tulku Rinpoche came to Scotland as a young refugee in 1967 and founded the West's first Centre for Tibetan Buddhism, the Samye Ling Centre in Eskdalemuir in Dumfries and Galloway.

The centre, with its spectacular temple, attracts thousands of...

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Cross, Note Left at Zen Buddhist Temple

February 23, 2007

Author: MARIANNE RZEPKA

Source: Ann Arbor News/The Buddhist Channel

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=62,3757,0,0,1,0

Ann Arbor, MI (USA) -- Someone left an odd message for the members of the Zen Buddhist Temple last month. The person opening the front gate on a Sunday morning found a 6-foot-tall cross leaning against the wall that fronts the temple at 1214 Packard Road. Attached to the cross was a message: "Dear sinners, Repent and ye...

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School Sued Over Ban on Jesus Costume

February 23, 2007

Author: Jim Brown

Source: Journal Cretian

http://www.spcm.org/Journal/spip.php?article6816

A Pennsylvania school district is being sued for prohibiting a fourth-grader from wearing a Jesus costume to his school’s Halloween parade and party. A federal lawsuit has been filed on behalf of the ten-year-old, who attended Willow Hill Elementary School in the Abingdon School District in the city of Glenside.

The complaint alleges that Willow...

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Thais Struggle With Violent Insurgency

February 22, 2007

Author: Seth Mydans

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/26/world/asia/26thailand.html

PATTANI, Thailand, Feb. 22 — Some are already calling it war, a brutal Muslim separatist insurgency in southern Thailand that has taken as many as 2,000 lives in three years with almost daily bombings, drive-by shootings, arson and beheadings.

It is a conflict the government admits it is losing. A harsh crackdown and...

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Year of the Pig Gets Enthusiastic Welcome at Buddhist Temple on St. Thomas

February 19, 2007

Author: Lynn Freehill

Source: Virgin Islands Daily News

http://www.virginislandsdailynews.com/index.pl/article_home?id=17604264

ST. THOMAS - Costumed children leaped through a Dragon Dance - while a local dog unexpectedly joined in - as the Chinese New Year was welcomed on Sunday at the Caribbean's only Buddhist temple.

More than 60 practicing Buddhists and supporters observed the holiday at the Nirvana Temple of Love...

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