Buddhism

Tibetan Center Marks New Year

February 19, 2007

Author: Kyle Jackson

Source: The Advertiser

http://www.theadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070219/NEWS01/702190314/1002

Nearly 100 people were in attendance at the Katog Choling Tibetan Cultural Center Sunday afternoon to celebrate Losar, the Tibetan new year.

Aside from celebrating the new year, those in attendance also commemorated the grand opening of the cultural center's new home, located...

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Thai Islamic Bank's Buddhist Chief Helps Build Trust

February 17, 2007

Source: The Buddhist Channel

Wire Service: Reuters

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=52,3742,0,0,1,0

Bangkok, Thailand -- The boss of Thailand's only dedicated Islamic bank has a unique job description: work in one of the most dangerous corners of Asia, go to mosques to drum up business and become an expert in chicken-farming.

A knowledge of Islam is essential, but being a Muslim is not.

"I am a non-Muslim...

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Monks, Supporters Urge Charter Drafters to Name Buddhism National Religion

February 14, 2007

Source: The Buddhist Channel

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=52,3737,0,0,1,0

Bangkok, Thailand -- A group of Buddhist monks and supporters rallied in front of Parliament Tuesday to demand charter drafters to state that Buddhism is the national religion.

The group of 100 demonstrators is led by Phra Mahacho Thassaniyo of Maha Chulalongkorn Monks University.

The monk said so far over 300,000 Buddhists had signed their name to demand that...

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The Chung Mei Buddhist Temple Focuses on Simple, Soulful Foods

February 14, 2007

Author: Peggy Grodinsky

Source: Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/food/4544690.html

The spread at Chung Mei Buddhist Temple in Stafford is bounteous and beautiful. Arrayed in the dining room are 10 traditional Chinese New Year's dishes, each with a lovely name (Infinity Pearl, Lotus Gathering) and even lovelier symbolism (the purity and wisdom of Buddha).

At my request, this resplendent feast was prepared...

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Memorial Hall for Chinese Monk Opens in North India's Buddhist Shrine

February 13, 2007

Source: People's Daily Online

http://english.people.com.cn/200702/13/eng20070213_349520.html

A memorial hall to mark Xuan Zang, a Chinese monk who traveled to India for Buddhist knowledge some 1,300 years ago, opened at Nalanda of north Indian state Bihar on Monday.

Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing attended the opening ceremony with a high-profile Chinese delegation including 80 monks.

"Let us write a new chapter of our relationship," Li...

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Thailand's Constitution Concerns Escalating

February 12, 2007

Source: The Buddhist Channel/The Nation

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=52,3725,0,0,1,0

Bangkok, Thailand -- Defence Minister General Boonrawd Somtas is worried about growing disunity over calls to declare Buddhism the official religion in the new constitution. He predicted yesterday the issue could become a national controversy.

"If there is public opposition to omitting the declaration from the charter then the government could be in trouble," he...

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Children Learn to Meditate in Buddhist Method at Center

February 9, 2007

Author: Greg Garrison

Source: The Buddhist Channel

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=61,3718,0,0,1,0

Birmingham, Alabama (USA) -- On 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 and my mom says I should come here," said Ashlin Duncan, 6.

"I came here...

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Police Chaplain is a Buddhist Monk

February 5, 2007

Author: Deepa Bharath

Source: Orange County Register

http://www.ocregister.com/ocregister/news/homepage/article_1564855.php

Sitting in a police squad car is not typical in the life of Kusala Bhikshu.

For the 57-year-old Buddhist monk, practicing Zen meditation and tending to koi fish is a normal day.

Yet, he sits next to Garden Grove Police Officer Michael Guadan, perfectly at ease, chatting about...

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Iceland Buddhist Association Wants to Build a Temple

February 4, 2007

Source: celand review/The Buddhist Channel

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=3,3687,0,0,1,0

Reykjavík, Iceland -- Buddhists in Iceland have submitted a request to Minister of Justice and Ecclesiastical Affairs Björn Bjarnason for a lot near Reykjavík to build a Buddhist temple.

The lot they want is near Vífilsstadir, an old farm and tuberculosis asylum in the Reykjavík suburb of Gardabaer. Fréttabladid reports.

According to Páll...

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A Legacy of Hope

February 3, 2007

Source: Star Bulletin

http://starbulletin.com/2007/02/03/features/story01.html

The sound of chanting sets a serene scene at the Buddhist temple. But the low volume at the Honpa Hongwanji Betsuin Sunday services is not a thoroughly wonderful thing, since it reflects the diminishing energy of an aging congregation whose numbers are shrinking.

The good news is that it gets boomingly noisy on the grounds of the Pali Highway landmark on weekdays when students at the...

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U.S. Investigates Garden Grove

February 2, 2007

Author: Deepa Bharath

Source: Orange County Register

http://www.ocregister.com/ocregister/news/homepage/article_1562545.php

GARDEN GROVE - The U.S. Department of Justice has launched a civil rights investigation of the city in connection with a lawsuit filed last year by a Buddhist temple challenging the constitutionality of the city's zoning code, officials said today.

City Attorney Thomas Nixon said he...

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Center Takes Step in its Own Journey

January 30, 2007

Author: Pamela J. Podger

Source: The Roanoke Times

http://www.roanoke.com/news/roanoke/wb/102291

Candlelight bathed seven Buddha figures on the shrine at the Dharmapala Buddhist Center during last week's opening at its new Roanoke County location.

A jumble of clogs, sneakers and boots splayed on the stairs while about 25 sock-footed owners padded around upstairs before settling into their chairs for the evening's meditation.

Wearing a...

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