Buddhism

Buddhist Influence in Sikkim is Waning

June 11, 2006

Source: The Scotsman

Wire Service: Reuters

http://news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=860772006

On June 11, 2006 Reuters reported, "On the face of it, Buddhism is alive and well in Sikkim, high in the Himalayas between Tibet, Bhutan and Nepal, a former Buddhist kingdom which merged with India only in 1975. But behind these peaceful scenes, the thick walls of Enchey monastery have deep cracks running across their colourful murals. The monastery...

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Nepal's Move Toward Secularism Could Spawn Hindu Backlash

May 30, 2006

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0530/p04s01-wosc.html

On May 30, 2006 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "The May 18 declaration by Nepal's parliament ending the country's distinction as the world's only Hindu state was one of the several hard decisions taken by the new government to coax Maoist rebels to join in a peaceful political process. But the move has bred new conflict with the country's Hindu majority.

Hindu...

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First Buddhist Temple in Caribbean Rising on St. Thomas

May 29, 2006

Author: Sean McCoy

Source: The Buddhist Channel/Virgin Islands Daily News

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=67,2777,0,0,1,0

The turquoise waters and swaying palms of St. Thomas could not be much farther from the Indian birthplace of Buddhism, but local practitioners of the eastern religion, as well as others seeking spiritual enlightenment or simply a clear mind, soon will have a space for meditation on the northern shore of St. Thomas...

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Buddhist Temple Survived Earthquake, Hindu Site Damaged

May 29, 2006

Source: ANTARA News

On May 29, 2006 ANTARA News reported, "Indonesia's Prambanan compound of Hindu temples was damaged in the earthquake that rocked Java, but the nearby Borobudur Buddhist temple complex was left unscathed, witnesses said Sunday.

Saturday's quake toppled intricately carved columns and dislodged numerous massive concrete blocks at Prambanan, a spectacular Hindu temple built in the ninth and 10th century, an [Agence France-Presse] photographer saw.

One of the temple's entrances was blocked by debris....

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Dalai Lama to Represent Buddhism at European Commission Interfaith Meeting in Brussels

May 29, 2006

Source: Phayul.com

http://www.phayul.com/news/article.aspx?id=12708

On May 29, 2006 Phayul.com reported, "The Dalai Lama will represent Buddhism at an interfaith discussion in Brussels tomorrow. Representatives from various faiths will meet in Brussels to participate in a discussion on 'fundamental rights and mutual respect.' Federal Chancellor Schussel, the President in office of the European Council, and Commission President Barroso will interact with leading...

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Stolen Buddha Returned to Stuart Restaurant

May 29, 2006

Source: CNN.com

Wire Service: AP

http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/05/29/buddha.ap/index.html

On May 29, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "A 600-pound gold concrete Buddha stolen from a restaurant last week has been found at peace in a commercial park. A tipster called the owners of Sakura Restaurant and Steak House of Japan with the statue's whereabouts. Thieves had lifted it from its perch atop a fountain outside the Stuart restaurant....

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First Caribbean Buddhist Temple Under Construction

May 29, 2006

Source: The Virgin Islands Daily News

http://www.virginislandsdailynews.com/index.pl/article_home?id=17591257

On May 29, 2006 The Virgin Islands Daily News reported, "The turquoise waters and swaying palms of St. Thomas could not be much farther from the Indian birthplace of Buddhism, but local practitioners of the eastern religion, as well as others seeking spiritual enlightenment or simply a clear mind, soon will have a space for meditation on the...

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2,500 Indonesian Youth Pray Together for Peace in Interfaith Service

May 23, 2006

Source: catholic.org/UCA News

On May 23, 2006 UCA News reported, "About 2,500 young people from six religions took part in an interfaith prayer service held to reinforce the climate of interreligious harmony in North Sulawesi province. The Interfaith Youth Celebration held May 15 was organized by the recently formed Interfaith Youth Forum of North Sulawesi. It took place at the auditorium of the gubernatorial office in Manado, the provincial capital, 2,115 kilometers (about 1,310 miles) northeast of Jakarta. Establishment of the...

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Opinion: "How One School District Found Religion" by Emile Lester and Patrick S. Roberts

May 22, 2006

Source: USA Today

http://news.yahoo.com/s/usatoday/20060522/cm_usatoday/howoneschooldistrictfoundreligion

On May 22, 2006 USA Today published an opinion piece by religion professors Emile Lester and Patrick S. Roberts: "In 2000, the religiously diverse community [of Modesto in Northern California] took a risk and, in an almost unheard-of undertaking for a public school district, offered a required course on world religions and...

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Confucianists Seek Religious Status in China

May 22, 2006

Source: United Press International

On May 22, 2006 the United Press International reported, "Confucianists in Hong Kong are seeking inclusion among religions recognized by the Chinese government, on a par with Buddhism, Taosim, Christianity and Islam.

Tong Yun-kai, president of Hong Kong's Confucian Academy, is leading the campaign to register Confucianism as a major Chinese religion, the South China Morning Post reported Monday.

Only officially recognized groups are afforded protection under China's religious freedom...

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Two Buddhist Women Teachers Attacked in School in Southern Thailand

May 22, 2006

Source: Boston Globe

Wire Service: Reuters

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On May 22, 2006 Reuters reported, "More than 100 government schools in Thailand's rebellious Muslim far south were closed on Monday after villagers abducted and beat two women Buddhist teachers, leaving one in a coma, officials said. The attack prompted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to call another urgent meeting with top security...

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