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"Compromise on Torture Violates American Values" by Diana Gibson and Craig Wiesner

October 1, 2006

Source: The Mercury News

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On October 1, 2006 The Mercury News published an opinion piece by Diana Gibson and Craig Wiesner, members of the Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice, "During the exact time that the so-called 'compromise' on torture was being discussed in Congress, religious leaders gathered in Palo Alto to make their concerns about torture heard loud and clear. Muslims, Jews, Presbyterians, Baptists, Methodists, Roman Catholics, Quakers,...

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Vietnamese Monk Fears Ban on Re-entry After Award

September 28, 2006

Source: The Buddhist Channel

Wire Service: Reuters

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=55,3241,0,0,1,0

HANOI, Vietnam -- A Buddhist monk, who is confined by the Vietnamese government to his monastery, fears he would be prevented from returning to Vietnam if he travelled to Norway to receive a human rights award, his supporters said.

In a statement late on Wednesday, the Geneva-based Vietnam Committee on Human Rights said...

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Buddhist Research Center to Open in Israel

September 28, 2006

Source: The Buddhist Channel/Israel Center for the Study of Buddhism

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=71,3242,0,0,1,0

On September 28, 2006 the Israel Center for the Study of Buddhism reported, "The Middle East is one of the most unlikely places in the world to study Buddhism, or the Far East for that matter. But all that is hopefully going to change. The Israel Center for the Study of Buddhism (ICSB) is a non-profit, interdisciplinary and...

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"Religious Leaders Organize Nonviolent Civil Disobedience Call to End War in Iraq"

September 26, 2006

Source: Buddhist Peace Fellowship press release

On September 26, 2006 a Buddhist Peace Fellowship press release reported, "Against the backdrop of reports that U.S. intelligence agencies conclude that the Iraq war is increasing the threat of terrorism, some of the country's leading religious and activist groups will participate in nonviolent civil disobedience in Washington, D.C. to call for an end to the military occupation of Iraq. The action on Tuesday, September 26, will be preceded by a rally at 10am in Upper Senate Park (Delaware and Constitution Aves...

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2007 World Buddhist Assembly to be Held in Pakistan

September 25, 2006

Source: Dawn

http://www.dawn.com/2006/09/25/nat10.htm

On September 25, 2006 Dawn reported, "[The] Federal Minister for Tourism, Nilofar Bakhtiar, has said that Pakistan will host [the] 'World Buddhist Assembly' next year. Inaugurating Pakistan’s booth at [the JATA World Tourism Congress and Travel Fair], the minister said the decision to hold Buddhist assembly was made in a meeting with the visiting Buddhist delegation. She also declared that 2007 would be the 'Year of...

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Nepalese Organization Hosts International Interfaith Youth Conference on Peace

September 25, 2006

Source: Peace Journalism

On September 25, 2006 Peace Journalism reported, "Hindu Vidyapeeth Nepal (HVP) organised an international youth conference for peace with the theme of 'Deepening our Spirituality' in the capital. The conference began on September 23 with peace prayers by the priests and leaders of different faiths including Hindus, Buddhists, [Muslims], Christians, [Baha'is] and Jews... 20 international youths, 5 spiritual elders and 50 Nepali youths representing 20 organizations are taking part in the conference. The...

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Dalai Lama Gives Surprise Talk in Woodstock

September 24, 2006

Source: The Edmonton Journal

Wire Service: AP

http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/story.html?id=e3b208b9-d44f-4bd8-95c7-130248585aaa

On September 24, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "The Dalai Lama took Woodstock by surprise, offering a speech on world peace to about 2,000 people who gathered in a park on word-of-mouth alone. The spiritual leader to Buddhists worldwide squeezed in the...

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Jain Leaders Demand Separate Recognition in Anti-Conversion Law

September 24, 2006

Source: Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/2022865.cms

On September 24, 2006 the Times of India reported, "Agitated over the Gujarat government's move to club them with Hindus, Jain leaders have cited a letter written by the government of first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru that contained an assurance that the community's distinct religious character would be protected. Circulating the letter to the media, the Digambar Jain...

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Panchen Lama Offers Services, Blessings in Southern Tibet

September 24, 2006

Source: PLA Daily Online

http://english.chinamil.com.cn/site2/news-channels/2006-09/25/content_598184.htm

On September 24, 2006 the PLA Daily Online reported, "The 11th Panchen Lama was welcomed on Saturday by ten thousand followers to Tibet's Baiqoi Monastery where he held a Buddhist ritual. Built in the early 15th century, the monastery, located in Gyangze County in southern Tibet, is one of the few holy places in Tibet to embrace all...

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Interfaith Service in Western New York Attended by Over 6,000

September 21, 2006

Source: University of Buffalo Reporter

http://www.buffalo.edu/reporter/vol38/vol38n4/articles/HHDL_Interfaith.html

On September 21, 2006 University of Buffalo Reporter reported, "In the first appearance of his three-day visit to [the University of Buffalo], His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama participated in an interfaith service on Monday in Alumni Arena that showcased the religious diversity of Western New York, featuring spiritual...

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Interfaith Prayer Service Marks Opening of UN General Assembly

September 21, 2006

Source: Sikh Sanghat

On September 21, 2006 the Sikh Sanghat reported, "Religious leaders representing up to 30 faith traditions from all over the world attended an interfaith prayer service on Sept 12th to mark the opening of the 61st United Nations General Assembly. The introductions were led by Hiro Sakurai, Committee of Religious NGOs and Rev. William Tully, St. Bartholomew’s Church. This was followed by prayers from the Native American, Buddhist, Muslim, Baha'i, Shinto, Taoist, Sikh, Hindu, Jewish, African Traditional Religions,...

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Gujarat Religion Law Hotly Contested

September 20, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/5362802.stm

On September 20, 2006 BBC News reported, "Christians and Muslims in the western Indian state of Gujarat have expressed resentment over an amendment in the law relating to religious conversions. They say that moves by the state government to classify Buddhism and Jainism as branches of the Hindu religion are unconstitutional. Christians and Muslims have accused the authorities of trying to polarise the...

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Profile of Yogeshwar Dayal, an Interfaith Pioneer

September 18, 2006

Original Source: DailyIndia.com

On September 18, 2006 DailyIndia.com ran a feature article on Yogeshwar Dayal. "The capital has lost a worthy son in Padma Shri Yogeshwar Dayal, not only the lifeline of Delhi's cultural and literary fabric but also a leading votary of inter-faith concord. He died Sep 7 at age 93. He had been ill since the death of his wife last year. In 1961, Dayal revived 'Phool Walon ki Sair,'... an interfaith cultural festival drawing people from all sections and faiths... In 1956, the Indian government requested...

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