Buddhism

Monk Reflects on a Growing Faith

January 10, 2007

Author: Waveney Ann Moore

Source: St. Petersburg Times

http://www.sptimes.com/2007/01/10/Neighborhoodtimes/Monk_reflects_on_a_gr.shtml

The Buddhist monk sat lotus-style before a small group of rapt devotees in a nondescript Pinellas Park home. He taught about "loving friendliness" to all beings, about truth and about peace.

Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, who was visiting from a monastery he founded in West Virginia...

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Buddhism Thriving at Northern Indiana Temples

January 8, 2007

Author: Cathie Rowand

Source: CourierPress

http://www.courierpress.com/news/2007/jan/08/buddhism-thriving-at-northern-indiana-temples/

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Fort Wayne has always embraced immigrants - from Germans more than a century ago to the influx of Burmese in the past 10 years.

Large numbers of Burmese started coming after the 1998 pro-democracy uprisings in their homeland.

There are now...

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Buddhist Congresswoman Sworn in, Urges Tolerance

January 6, 2007

Author: Dennis Camire

Source: The Buddhist Channel

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=60,3603,0,0,1,0

WASHINGTON, USA -- While a new, Muslim member of Congress sparked a controversy for taking his oath of office with a Quran instead of a Bible on Thursday, another new member who is Buddhist was sworn in with no book at all.

Rep. Mazie Hirono, a Hawaii Democrat who was raised in the Buddhist tradition, said, "I don't have a...

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Priest Brings Zen to S.F.'s Neediest Souls

January 3, 2007

Author: Justin Berton

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2007/01/03/MNG73NC2QC1.DTL

Inside the community room of the Raman Hotel, a single-room occupancy hotel at Howard and Sixth streets, Jana Drakka set up a makeshift altar for a tenant named Guillermo who had died a week earlier.

"Memo," as his fellow residents and caseworkers knew him, was a 76-year-old World War II...

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Buddhists Find Home in Fort Wayne

January 2, 2007

Author: Cathie Rowand

Source: The Buddhist Channel/The Journal Gazette

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=62,3590,0,0,1,0

Fort Wayne, IN (USA) -- Fort Wayne has always embraced immigrants -- from Germans more than a century ago to the influx of Burmese in the past 10 years.

The Mons, a minority group in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, chose Fort Wayne for the high-paying factory jobs and low cost of living....

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Turkey Thanked for Building Buddhist Temple in Tsunami-Hit Sri Lanka

December 29, 2006

Source: The Buddhist Channel

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=3,3576,0,0,1,0

Istanbul, Turkey -- Among the 450 homes ordered built by Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a Buddhist region of Sri Lanka hit hard by the tsunami two years ago, a Buddhist temple was also built with Turkish funds.

State Minister Mehmet Ali Sahin yesterday recounted his impressions of the work done in Sri Lanka following the tsunami to the Council of Ministers...

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Texas City to become Test Case for State’s Religious Freedom Law

December 26, 2006

Author: Jim Vertuno

Source: Ottawa Citizen

Wire Service: AP

http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/story.html?id=230e0892-c185-4950-bef3-f7d5af8fa9d6&k=41881

AUSTIN -- When a pastor created a rehabilitation program for parolees near his church, the city of Sinton stepped in to stop it.

Within months of the program’s start in 1998, officials in the small city just...

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Buddhist Peace Fellowship Receives Funding from San Francisco Foundation to Support “Coming Home” Initiative for Ex-Prisoners

December 25, 2006

Source: The Buddhist Channel

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=65,3568,0,0,1,0

Berkeley, CA (USA) -- The Buddhist Peace Fellowship (BPF), the nation’s first socially engaged Buddhist organization, announced that it has received a $15,000 grant from the San Francisco Foundation to help launch “Coming Home,” an innovative new spiritually-based project that will serve ex-prisoners and the greater San Francisco Bay Area community.

BPF Board...

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American Monk Named First US Representative to the World Buddhist Supreme Conference

December 25, 2006

Source: The Buddhist Channel

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=65,3567,0,0,1,0

Seattle, WA (USA) -- Sayadaw Gyi U Vimalaramsi Maha Thera, American Buddhist Monk, preferring to be known today as Venerable Bhante Vimalaramsi, received word Friday, December 15th that he was officially confirmed as the first Representative from the United States of America to the Buddhist Summit, World Buddhist Supreme Conference.

As part of his new position he will...

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State Little Help with Bible Classes

December 22, 2006

Author: Bridget Gutierrez

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/stories/2006/12/21/1222metbible.html

Georgia public high schools may offer classes on the Bible next fall, but they'll get few guidelines from the state on how to ensure their lessons do not promote religion.

A new law requires the State Board of Education to create two optional, non-devotional classes on the...

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Rebuilding Buddhas a Symbol in Rebuilding Afghanistan

December 17, 2006

Author: Peter Schurmann

Source: New America Media

http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.html?article_id=fbc4cf0b0798ce16e29c1296bd5e11ff

Editor’s Note: The rebuilding of two colossal Buddhas in Afghanistan’s Pamir Valley destroyed by the Taliban is a symbolic first step in piecing back the country’s shattered past and looking toward a better future, writes commentator Peter...

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