Buddhism

Tibetan Leader Blames Dalai Lama as Talks with China Fail

July 5, 2006

Source: The Times

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-2256440,00.html

On July 5, 2006 The Times reported, "The leader of Tibet accused the Dalai Lama yesterday of disguising behind fine words his goal of independence for the Himalayan region. He said that talks between Beijing and envoys of the exiled god-king about his return had made no substantial progress. Champa Phuntsok, the chairman of the Tibetan Government, blamed the Dalai Lama for the lack of...

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Silk Road Set to Reopen, Paving New Openings for Buddhist Pilgrims

June 29, 2006

Source: Tricycle

http://www.tricycle.com/issues/innews/3482-1.html

On June 29, 2006 Tricycle reported, "Closed for 44 years, the Nathu La Pass on the ancient Silk Road is due to re-open on July 6th. The Silk Road is an ancient trade route that ran from China to the Mediterranean, providing passage for goods, people and ideas. Not really one road but rather a collection of routes crisscrossing Asia, the Silk Road played a critical part in the migration of Buddhism out of...

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New Interfaith Commission to Work for Peace

June 27, 2006

Source: Worldwide Faith News

On June 27, 2006 Worldwide Faith News reported, "The inaugural meeting of the Inter-Faith Action for Peace in Africa (IFAPA) Commission ended in Kigali, Rwanda, on 22 June with Africa's religious leaders agreeing to use the instrument for a peaceful future for the continent and all its people. 'We have begun the task of working together for peace. We have already gained considerable experience in responding to the challenges of conflict and poverty through our respective interfaith networks and...

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Orange County Women's Group Reflects Interfaith Growth

June 26, 2006

Source: The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles

On June 26, 2006 The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles reported, "In the aftermath of Sept. 11, Sande Hart grew increasingly disgusted by disparaging remarks some of her friends — both Jewish and not — made about Muslims. The Koran, they said, preached killing Jews and other infidels; Islam was a hate-filled religion, with few redeeming qualities. Hart, a Rancho Santa Margarita resident with two young children, said she knew in her heart that the anti-Islamic remarks were small-...

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Dalai Lama Made Honorary Canadian Citizen

June 24, 2006

Source: National Post

http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/editorialsletters/story.html?id=977916b3-3350-42e2-b26a-22c63af7c23a

On June 24, 2006 the National Post ran an editorial that commented, "The decision by Members of Parliament to unanimously support a Conservative motion to award the Dalai Lama honorary Canadian citizenship marks a welcome change in Ottawa's treatment of the exiled Tibetan leader. It is...

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Buddhist Monk Denies Temple Attack

June 20, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/5097286.stm

On June 20, 2006 BBC News reported, "The head monk of a Buddhist temple has contradicted a Sri Lankan government report that the Tamil Tigers attacked his temple. The monk told the BBC that shots had been fired at a sentry point, not at the Somawathi shrine itself, 170km (105 miles) north-east of Colombo. He said it was unclear who fired the shots. The Tamil Tigers earlier denied attacking the...

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Thai PM Offers to Rebuild Afghan’s Destroyed Buddhas

June 19, 2006

Source: The Guardian

Wire Service: AP

http://www.guardian.co.uk/afghanistan/story/0,,1800632,00.html

On June 19, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "The Thai prime minister has offered to take the remains of the Buddhas of Bamiyan, which were destroyed by Afghanistan's former Taliban regime, and rebuild them in Thailand. Thaksin Shinawatra made the proposal to reconstruct the two 1,600-year-old statues to the Afghan president...

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Nonsectarian Prayer Restrictions Result in Debate Among Chaplains

June 19, 2006

Source: TheState.com

http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/nation/14851031.htm

On June 19, 2006 TheState.com reported, "Could Jesus be getting the boot from the military?

That’s a concern of some evangelical and fundamentalist Christian military chaplains.

They believe they’re being restricted from 'praying their conscience' at gatherings where troops of different faiths might attend, says the Rev. Billy Baugham, executive...

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Pakistan May Name New Airport After Cradle of Buddhism

June 18, 2006

Source: The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1656983.cms

On June 18, 2006 The Times of India reported, "Pakistan may name a new airport to be built in the capital after Gandhara, the ancient province known as the cradle of Buddhism in the sub-continent, apparently seeking to shed its image as a hardline Islamic country. The name Gandhara has been proposed for the new airport, for which ground is likely to be broken by the end of...

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Wedding of Buddhist Leaders Takes Place in Nova Scotia

June 12, 2006

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/193/story_19309_1.html

On June 12, 2006 Religion News Service reported, "Tibetan Buddhist weddings, especially when both bride and groom are considered royalty, are color-splashed, resplendent and highly spiritual affairs. But this one took place in an unusual venue: chilly, rain-soaked Halifax, on Canada's Maritime east coast. The lavish nuptials between Sakyong...

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