Buddhism

Interfaith Sanctuary at University of Chicago Set to Open

March 30, 2006

Source: University of Chicago Chronicle

http://chronicle.uchicago.edu/060330/sanctuary.shtml

On March 30, 2006 the University of Chicago Chronicle reported, "To meet the needs of a community becoming increasingly diverse and mirroring the religious complexion of the world, the underground floor of [Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, built on the University's campus in 1928] has been transformed from a basement into the new Interreligious Center... The new space provides a...

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Buddhist Temple Reaches Out to Public for Priest

March 27, 2006

Source: The Asahi Shimbun

http://www.asahi.com/english/Herald-asahi/TKY200603270106.html

On March 27, 2006 The Asahi Shimbun reported, "According to [Noriyuki] Ueda, [a cultural anthropologist and associate professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology] there are about 80,000 temples around the nation. But a shortage of priest successors to keep them in business has become an increasingly serious problem. A survey by one Buddhist sect found that 35 percent of...

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Final Edits Underway in Contested Textbooks

March 24, 2006

Source: The Argus

http://www.insidebayarea.com/argus/localnews/ci_3634817

On March 24, 2006 The Argus reported, "Members of the California Board of Education began meetings with publishers Thursday for final editing sessions of sixth-grade history textbooks. The Sacramento meeting comes despite lawsuits filed against the state by two Hindu groups, who challenge the way Hinduism is presented in the books and who say they take issue with the way the state went about...

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Researcher Goes on Scene to Interfaith Meeting

March 23, 2006

Source: Athens News. Tim Pappa

On March 23, 2006 the Athens News reported, "Tim Pappa, 23, an Ohio University graduate student in the Southeast Asia Studies Department, is in Indonesia researching communication of progressive Islamic ideas among Islamic boarding school communities. He is filing a series of dispatches about his experiences for The NEWS. He writes, '[Marzuki] Rais [the Islam & Democracy program manager at Fahmina Institute, a Cirebon-based Muslim NGO that promotes inclusive, democratic environments through...

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Buddha Boy Reappears Briefly

March 20, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4824530.stm

On March 20, 2006 BBC News reported, "A missing Nepalese teenager popularly known as 'Buddha Boy' reappeared briefly on Sunday, his followers say. The committee managing the meditation site of Ram Bomjan, 16, released video of its members purportedly meeting the boy near his village in southern Nepal. The boy's meditation and apparent 10-month fast attracted global attention before he vanished...

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Iowa City Residents Take to Buddhist Practices

March 20, 2006

Source: Iowa City Press-Citizen

http://www.press-citizen.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060320/NEWS01/603200321/1079

On March 20, 2006 the Iowa City Press-Citizen reported, "Jean Robinson sat in the lotus position on a low couch in the living room of her apartment, her hands on her knees. Her eyes closed, she concentrated on her breathing as she meditated. On occasion, she quietly chanted a mantra in Tibetan, rolling a mala, or set...

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Industry Fair Educates Citizens in Seoul About Buddhism

March 20, 2006

Source: Korea Times

http://times.hankooki.com/lpage/culture/200603/kt2006032017013111700.htm

On March 20, 2006 the Korea Times reported, "Exhibiting Buddhist statues, Dharma drawings, rosary beads, clerical robes, tea ceremony utensils and other sacred objects, a Buddhist industry fair will take place at the Seoul Trade Exhibition Center in southern Seoul from Thursday for a four-day run. Hosted by Buddhist radio broadcaster BBS, the fair will be...

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Elections Stalled as MP Becomes a Monk

March 16, 2006

Source: The Times

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/newspaper/0,,173-2088403,00.html

On March 16, 2006 The Times reported, "Thailand sank deeper into political crisis yesterday after a party candidate suddenly abandoned politics to become a Buddhist monk. The Thai election commission said that a snap election called by Thaksin Shinawatra, the embattled Prime Minister, may not take place because it was unlikely to return the required number of elected MPs. The...

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South Continues to Struggle for Peace

March 15, 2006

Source: Asia Times Online

http://atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/HC15Ae02.html

On March 15, 2006 the Asia Times Online reported, "Add Thailand's Muslim minority to the growing list of Thais who believe a change in government would likely be in their best interest. That's what many Thai Muslims in the country's conflict-ravaged southernmost provinces of Pattani, Narathiwat and Yala are hoping for - though few say so openly for fear of landing on a government enemies...

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"Buddha Boy" Disappears

March 11, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4797064.stm

On March 11, 2006 BBC News reported, "A 16-year-old boy who had been meditating and fasting in a Nepal forest for 10 months has been missing since Saturday morning, police say. Locals and police searched the area in the southern district of Bara but have not been able to locate him so far. Police have rejected reports that the young boy, popularly known as 'Little Buddha', may have been abducted. His...

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Dalai Lama Requests Visit to China

March 10, 2006

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/187/story_18730_1.html

On March 10, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "The Dalai Lama said Friday that he has asked China to let him to visit the country for the first time since he fled Tibet nearly a half-century ago. His comments came in an address to thousands of followers on the anniversary of the 1959 uprising in Tibet against Chinese rule, which marked the...

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Buddhist "Dharma Army" Demands PM Thaksin�s Resignation

March 7, 2006

Source: The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Wire Service: AP

http://ap.lubbockonline.com/pstories/world/asia/20060313/3708602.shtml

On March 7, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "In the morning, they pray and collect alms. At night, they march and shout for Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to resign.

Clearly these aren't your ordinary tranquil Thai Buddhists.

In fact, they are members of the...

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Jainism Joins National Inter-Faith Organization

March 5, 2006

Source: The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1438478.cms

On March 5, 2006 The Times of India reported, "Jainism, an ancient faith with roots in India, has become the 10th religion to join Singapore's Inter-Religious Organisation (IRO), the group said. It has been a four-year process, during which the IRO checked to be sure that Jainism was not a sect or an offshoot of one. The city-state has about 1,000 followers of the faith. By...

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