Buddhism

African Americans Convert to Buddhism in Growing Numbers

April 19, 2006

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/globe/living/articles/2006/04/19/the_way_of_oneness/

On April 19, 2006 The Boston Globe reported, "Roslyn Springer first heard about Buddhism 18 years ago. A friend she practiced yoga with had told her about an upcoming retreat at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, where people could meditate in silence. A 'woman on fire' at the time, she says, she jumped at the opportunity for some...

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Chinese President Receives Mixed Reception in the US

April 17, 2006

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/189/story_18977_1.html

On April 17, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "Red and gold Chinese flags drape the International District in celebration of Chinese President Hu Jintao's two-day stop here en route to Washington D.C. But some Seattle residents are not happy that the city and state are rolling out the red carpet. Hundreds of demonstrators are expected downtown...

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Buddhist Forum Closes with Peace Declaration

April 17, 2006

Source: The Washington Times

http://www.washtimes.com/upi/20060417-113227-4515r.htm

On April 17, 2006 The Washington Times reported, "A first-ever World Buddhist Forum ended Sunday in China with the 1,000 delegates from 37 countries adopting a declaration calling for world peace. Absent from the forum held on the island city of Zhoushan in eastern Zhejiang province was Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, who was not invited. China's official...

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Seoul Lantern Festival Opens Buddha’s Birthday Celebrations

April 17, 2006

Source: Korea Times

http://times.hankooki.com/lpage/culture/200604/kt2006041717375611700.htm

On April 17, 2006 the Korea Times reported, "The Lotus Lantern Festival, an annual event, will be held across the nation from Tuesday through May 5 to celebrate Buddha’s Birthday, which falls on May 5 this year according to the lunar calendar. The event begins with a lantern lighting ceremony at 7 p.m. tonight at the Seoul Plaza in front of Seoul City...

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Dalai Lama Meets with US Muslim Leaders

April 16, 2006

Source: Dawn

http://www.dawn.com/2006/04/17/int6.htm

On April 16, 2006 Dawn reported, "In an effort to quell the anti-Islam tide and to improve its declining image in the West, prominent Muslim leaders on Saturday met for the first time most influential Buddhist, the Dalai Lama, in San Francisco (California) enlisting his help to correct Islam’s negative image. 'Some people have an impression that Islam is militant,' Dalai Lama said. 'I think that is totally wrong. Islam is...

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China Hosts First World Buddhist Forum

April 13, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/4905140.stm

On April 13, 2006 BBC News reported, "Buddhists from more than 30 countries are in China for the World Buddhist Forum - communist China's first international religious gathering. Hundreds of monks and scholars are visiting the eastern city of Hangzhou, but Buddhist spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has not been invited. China regards the exiled Tibetan leader as a separatist. It has made...

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Leading Up to World Buddhist Forum, Buddhism is Acknowledged for Building Harmonious Societies

April 11, 2006

Source: Xinhua/China Daily

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-04/11/content_4410015.htm

On April 11, 2006 the China Daily reported, "Buddhism, a major religion in China, can play a unique role in promoting a 'harmonious society' and contributing to world peace, a top religious affairs official and researchers said yesterday. As a religion with 'profound ideas of harmony and a conception of peace,' Buddhism can relieve strain and stress among...

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Ridgewood Citizens Strengthened by Message of Buddhist Teacher

April 10, 2006

Source: NorthJersey.com

http://www.northjersey.com/page.php?qstr=eXJpcnk3ZjczN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXk1MyZmZ2JlbDdmN3ZxZWVFRXl5NjkxNTAwMCZ5cmlyeTdmNzE3Zjd2cWVlRUV5eTM=

On April 10, 2006 NorthJersey.com reported, "As a probation officer overseeing troubled families, Jim Castner sees more than a little chaos. He keeps himself centered by studying Zen, the Buddhist philosophy that encourages the...

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Christian Theologians in Asia Invite Interfaith Perspectives on Globalization

April 5, 2006

Source: Catholic Online/UCANews

On April 5, 2006 UCANews reported, "Christian theologians in Asia brought Buddhist, Hindu and Islamic religious experience into their reflections recently on how religions can serve society in this age of globalization. The Sixth Asian Theological Conference, held March 24-31 in Colombo, brought together 15 theologians from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka and Taiwan. The Asian Theological Conference is an Asian affiliate of Ecumenical Association of...

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Muslim Clerics Give Women Permission to Join Armed Forces

April 4, 2006

Source: Everything Sri Lanka

Wire Service: AP

On April 4, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "Islamic clerics on Monday gave Muslim women permission to join Sri Lanka's first exclusively Muslim infantry battalion to help provide security in the country's insurgency-wracked east, a religious leader said. Few Muslims serve in Sri Lanka's armed forces, and Muslim women traditionally stayed out of the military. Approval for Muslim women to join the military came after Sri Lanka's military last month...

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China Considers Dalai Lama Visit

April 3, 2006

Source: USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2006-04-03-china-dalai-lama_x.htm

On April 3, 2006 USA Today reported, "China suggested Monday that it was open to a visit from the Dalai Lama and to establishing ties with the Vatican. The Dalai Lama, exiled spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists, announced last month that he hoped to travel to China on a pilgrimage. He said envoys had conveyed his message to officials in Beijing. He has repeatedly...

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Fresno Buddhists Prepare to Celebrate the Buddha’s Birthday

April 1, 2006

Source: The Fresno Bee

http://www.fresnobee.com/local/religion/story/12004442p-12763817c.html

On April 1, 2006 The Fresno Bee reported, "In the United States, Buddha's birthday is a major occasion for Buddhists, who at 1.5 million worshippers represent the country's fourth-largest religion. Denominations such as Jodo Shinshu, which is practiced at Fresno Betsuin Buddhist Temple and member temples such as Clovis Buddhist Temple, hold a special service...

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Dalai Lama Links Terrorism to Western Lifestyles

March 31, 2006

Source: BreitBart.com

Wire Service: AFP

http://www.breitbart.com/news/2006/03/31/060401035006.59wi4hgk.html

On March 31, 2006 Agence France-Presse reported, "The Dalai Lama says that were Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden killed that hatred would cause another 10 like him to spring up, in an interview with a British newspaper. The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader told The Daily Telegraph that terrorists should be treated...

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