Buddhism

Hindu, Buddhist, and Muslim Groups Deplore Cartoons and Violence

February 9, 2006

Source: Channel News Asia

On February 9, 2006 Channel News Asia reported, "Three religious bodies in Singapore have released a joint statement condemning the caricatures of Prophet Mohammed that appeared in the Danish and other media.

Jamiyah Singapore, Singapore Buddhist Lodge and the Hindu Endowments Board say they are 'shocked by the insensitive caricatures'.

They say publication of the caricatures has caused severe hurt to the sensitivity of Muslims all over the world.

And this act of press freedom without...

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Ecumenical Buddhist Fellowship Welcomes All Faiths

February 8, 2006

Source: Orlando Sentinel

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/volusia/orl-vrelstory0806feb08,0,3239201.story?coll=orl-news-headlines-volusia

On February 8, 2006 the Orlando Sentinel reported, "A group of 10 people pulled their chairs into an oval to meditate and discuss the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama during the weekly Buddhist Sangha, or community gathering... Baptists, Methodists and former...

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"Acting on Faith" to Be Shown at "Dissent" Film Festival at Univ. of Louisville

February 6, 2006

Source: University of Louisville

http://php.louisville.edu/news/news.php?news=517

On February 6, 2006 the University of Louisville reported, "The University of Louisville will offer a six-week film festival and discussions focusing on the importance of dissent in civic and cultural life.

The 'Season of Dissent Film Festival' will offer short films, feature films and documentaries in Floyd Theater at U of L’s Swain Student Activities Center. The festival is...

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Houston's Institute for Religion and Health Will Explore Spiritual Dimensions of Healing

February 4, 2006

Source: Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/religion/3635132.html

On February 4, 2006 the Houston Chronicle reported, "[Dr. James Duffy, a neuropsychiatrist and the new director of Houston's Institute for Religion and Health], wants the medical field to discover the spiritual dimensions of healing and patient care. He believes [this] will improve health services [for both] the sick [and] their families. And he thinks it will go a long way in...

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Jews and Buddhists to Gather in Ukiah for Retreat, Ritual

February 3, 2006

Source: The Buddhist Channel/The Willits News

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=2,2278,0,0,1,0

On February 3, 2006 The Willits News reported, "A collaboration between Buddhists and Jews in mid-February will offer an unusual retreat and ritual experience to all interested people. The Ukiah Community of Mindful Living, a group of practitioners in the Mindfulness tradition of monk and teacher Thich Nhat Hanh, and Kol HaEmek, the Inland Mendocino Jewish...

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Celebrating Vietnamese New Year

February 3, 2006

Source: Religion and Ethics Newsweekly

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/week923/belief.html

On February 3, 2006 Religion and Ethics Newsweekly ran a feature article on the celebration of the Vietnamese new year by a community in Springfield. Nguyen Ngoc Bich, one member of this community describes the celebration and its importance, "Tet, the Vietnamese new year, is by far the biggest festival during the year. The Vietnamese are known to be what you...

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Buddhist and Muslim Women Grieve Side by Side in �Widows Village�

January 30, 2006

Source: Gulfnews

Wire Service: Reuters

http://archive.gulfnews.com/world/Thailand/10015086.html

On January 30, 2006 Reuters reported, "In a remote rice paddy in Thailand's violence-torn south, a new village offers solace to dozens of women who lost their men to bombs and bullets. It is known as 'Widows' Village.'

Amid rows of new wooden homes, Muslims and Buddhists live side-by-side united in the grief wrought during a 2-...

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Tibetan Lamasery in Beijing Attracts Record Number of Visitors on Chinese New Year

January 30, 2006

Source: China Economic Net/Xinhuanet

http://en.ce.cn/National/Local/200601/30/t20060130_5973073.shtml

On January 30, 2006 Xinhuanet reported, "A Lamasery of Tibetan Buddhism attracted the largest number of visitors in Beijing on Sunday, the first day of Chinese lunar New Year, latest official figures showed. A total of 45,000 people visited Yonghe Lamasery to pray for happiness in the new year, up 16 percent over that for the first day of last traditional...

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Exiled Tibetan Community in India Offers Place for Cultural Connections

January 29, 2006

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/travel/articles/2006/01/29/in_an_adopted_home_a_hub_for_buddhism_tibetan_ways/

On January 29, 2006 The Boston Globe reported, "Nestled amid forests of deodar and rhododendron, the North Indian hill station of McLeod Ganj, home of the Tibetan community in exile, is perched upon a foothill. Towering above, the jagged Dhauladhar Himalaya rises to more than 18,000 feet; far below...

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Putin Congratulates Russian Buddhists on New Year

January 29, 2006

Source: ITAR-TASS

On January 29, 2006 ITAR-TASS reported, "President Vladimir Putin has congratulated Russian Buddhists on the Sagaalgan holiday – the lunar New Year, the Kremlin press service said on Sunday. 'The tradition of celebrating the lunar New Year has been uniting for centuries people who profess Buddhism and everyone who sincerely respect the moral derivations of this religion. Sagaalgan marks the renewal of man and nature and symbolizes good hopes and expectations and the aspiration for openness, harmony and pure thoughts...

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Buddhist Temple in Watsonville Celebrates Centenary

January 27, 2006

Source: The Buddhist Channel/the Santa Cruz Sentinel

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=2,2254,0,0,1,0

On January 27, 2006 the Santa Cruz Sentinel reported, "To their children and grandchildren, returning to a not-entirely welcoming community after internment during World War II, the Bridge Street temple became 'kind of a home base,' said Norman Uyeda, president of the Watsonville Buddhist Temple. But more recently, Uyeda said, as an older generation...

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Filmmakers Employ Google in Their Search for the Face of Buddha

January 24, 2006

Source: The Scotsman

http://news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=115102006

On January 24, 2006 The Scotsman reported, "A worldwide search has been launched to try to find the face of the Buddha. A film about the life and teachings of Siddharth Gautam, the historical founder of Buddhism, is planned, and the makers are looking for someone to play the leading role. To gain maximum coverage, Buddha Films, the Hollywood company behind the project, is hoping to enlist...

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Directors Face Obstacles in Filming Footage for Buddhist Documentary "Angry Monk"

January 23, 2006

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

On January 23, 2006 The Salt Lake Tribune reported, "Almost every documentary filmmaker shares the travails of raising money and finding distribution for their movies. Those hurdles are nothing, though, compared with the lengths to which two Swiss directors went to make their respective films premiering at the Sundance Film Festival this year. Christian Frei, director of 'The Giant Buddhas,' and Luc Schaedler, director of 'Angry Monk - Reflections on Tibet,' had to deal with tribal Afghan 'warlords,' tight-lipped Chinese...

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Buddhist Monks Oppose Demolition of Structures in Uttar Pradesh

January 22, 2006

Source: The Buddhist Channel/New Kerala News

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=1,2236,0,0,1,0

On January 22, 2006 New Kerala News reported, "The Uttar Pradesh Government's decision to demolish illegal structures at the temple, dedicated to Lord Buddha here has invited the wrath of Buddhist monks. They are now all set to protest against the decision. The decision to demolish the three structures - a charitable rest house, a clinic and a temple- within the...

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Buddhist Monks Retrace Odyssey with Hopes for Cultural Exchange

January 17, 2006

Source: China Daily

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/english/doc/2006-01/17/content_512880.htm

On January 17, 2006 the China Daily reported, "Xuanzang, a Buddhist pilgrim who endured a 17-year trip from China to India 1350 years ago, now has successors to his odyssey. Two Buddhist monks from the Chinese mainland and Taiwan, with two scholars from Hong Kong and Macao, are scheduled to set out this May from the ancient city of Xi'an, in Northwest China's...

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