Buddhism

Auckland Court Hears Refugee Bid from Buddhist Temple Members

January 17, 2006

Source: New Zealand Herald

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=27,2222,0,0,1,0

On January 17, 2006 the New Zealand Herald reported, "Hundreds of people from a Buddhist temple in Auckland applied en masse for refugee status, a court was told today. John Boggs, an intelligence analyst with the New Zealand Immigration Service, said claims from Thais escalated in 1998/99. He was appearing as a Crown witness at the Auckland District Court today in the case of...

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Humanistic Buddhism Conference Gets Underway

January 17, 2006

Source: San Gabriel Valley Tribune

http://www.sgvtribune.com/news/ci_3409552

On January 17, 2006 the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported, "A major event in the Buddhist world quietly got under way Monday at the University of the West. The seventh International Conference on Humanistic Buddhism kicked off with a small gathering of some of the world's top Buddhist scholars, who will present papers during the weeklong conference. The University of the West... was founded in 1991...

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Opinion: "Interfaith, Not Infidel"

January 12, 2006

Source: San Mateo County Times

http://www.insidebayarea.com/sanmateocountytimes/faith/ci_3395002

On January 12, 2006 the San Mateo County Times ran an opinion piece by Iftekhar Hai, president of the United Muslims of America Interfaith Alliance. "In my 15 years as an interfaith peace activist, I have been asked one question over and over again: Who are the 'kafirs' — 'infidels' — condemned in the Qur'an? Are they Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists,...

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Pluralism Project Film Acting on Faith Screened at Glastonbury Abbey

January 12, 2006

Source: The Hingham Journal

On January 12, 2006 The Hingham Journal reported, "Glastonbury Abbey's Inter-Religious Lecture Series, 'Listening to Other Voices: Religion and the World We Live In,' continues Thursday, Jan. 19, at 7:15 p.m. at Glastonbury Conference Center... The program features 'Acting on Faith: Women and New Religious Activism in America,' a documentary produced by Rachel Antell, narrated by Dr. Diana Eck. The film features three women: Dr. Laila Al-Marayati, who is the spokesperson and past president of the Muslim...

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More Americans Turn to Buddhism in Vermont

January 11, 2006

Source: The Buddhist Channel/Voice of America

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=2,2197,0,0,1,0

On January 11, 2006 the Voice of America reported, "The religious traditions of most Americans are rooted in the Judaism and Christianity of Europe and the Middle East. However, in recent decades, there has been a growing interest in the spiritual traditions of Asia, especially Buddhism. At a meditation center in the New England state of Vermont, Americans from...

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Monks Pray for World Peace at Buddhism’s Birthplace

January 8, 2006

Source: The Buddhist Channel/New Kerala News

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=1,2175,0,0,1,0

On January 8, 2006 New Kerala News reported, "Hundreds of Buddhist monks from India and abroad offered special prayers at Bodh Gaya, the birthplace of Buddhism, for world peace. The 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the spiritual head of the Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhists, led the prayers Saturday at the Mahabodhi Mahavihara in the Bihar town about 110 km from...

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Editorial: “Teaching Religion in Schools: A More Intelligent Course”

January 8, 2006

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/editorial/13573410.htm

On January 8, 2006 The Philadelphia Inquirer ran an editorial stating, "The 'intelligent design' trial, which concluded with a resounding anti-ID ruling, has exposed a surprising, yawning gap in American education. There's a workable solution - but, alas, you won't be seeing it anytime soon. Problem is, there's no place to put ID in our present public school...

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Eastern Connecticut Experiencing Immigration Boom

January 1, 2006

Source: Norwich Bulletin

http://www.norwichbulletin.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060101/NEWS01/601010303/1002

On January 1, 2006 the Norwich Bulletin reported, "[Connecticut's] casino-fueled immigration surge, widely acknowledged in the city as the largest increase since at least World War II, isn't expected to slow in the coming year. Business expansion, including a $700 million addition at Foxwoods Resort Casino, and the...

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Bloomberg Hosts Annual Interfaith Breakfast

January 1, 2006

Source: The Christian Post

http://www.christianpost.com/article/church/2457/section/ny.mayor.hosts.annual.interfaith.breakfast.looks.for.spiritual.guidance.in.2006/1.htm

On January 1, 2006 The Christian Post reported, "Leaders from different faiths including Judaism, Catholicism, Protestantism, Hinduism and Buddhism attended the Fifth Annual Interfaith Breakfast hosted by Mayor...

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Russia Looks to Tibet to Strength Bond with Buddhism

December 31, 2005

Source: The Buddhist Channel

Wire Service: IANS

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=1,2136,0,0,1,0

On December 31, 2005 the Indo-Asian News Service reported, "Once suppressed by the communist regime, Buddhism is again flourishing in Russia. And Moscow wants help from Nepal to embellish its bond with the religion. 'Buddhism is the fourth biggest religion in Russia after Christianity, Islam and Judaism,' says Sergey F. Kiselev...

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Kansas City Hosts Interfaith Peace Gathering

December 28, 2005

Source: The Kansas City Star

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/13500522.htm

On December 28, 2005 The Kansas City Star reported, "The Rime Buddhist Center and Monastery will host an interfaith peace gathering as part of the annual World Peace Celebration... Native American smudging, Tibetan Buddhist chanting, prayer and meditation, Sufi dancing and a Muslim 'call to prayer' are part of the program, which aims to bring different cultures together. The Rev. Bob...

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Buddhist Center to Be Built in Christian Church in Edinburgh

December 28, 2005

Source: The Scotsman

http://news.scotsman.com/scotland.cfm?id=2465692005

On December 28, 2005 The Scotsman reported, "A Tibetan Lama who wants to buy a disused church in Edinburgh has revealed plans to turn it into a meditation, interfaith and cultural centre that would bring new life to the Old Town. Lama Yeshe Losal, abbot of Samye Ling and director of the Holy Island project, said that, if successful, the Karma Kagyu Buddhist group would convert the former United...

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Chinese Government Touts Panchen Lama as New Tibetan Leader

December 19, 2005

Source: TurkishPress.com

Wire Service: AFP

http://www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=91312

On December 19, 2005 Agence France-Presse reported, "China is raising the profile of a teenage boy it selected as the 11th Panchen Lama, allowing him to perform a ceremony attended by thousands of worshippers, state media reports revealed. Beijing chose Gyaincain Norbu when he was six years old to be the 11th Panchen Lama, the second highest spiritual...

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Thangka Painting Remains Important Art Form for Central Asian Buddhists

December 18, 2005

Source: The Buddhist Channel/The Star

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=5,2080,0,0,1,0

On December 18, 2005 The Star reported, "It isn’t easy to be a thangka painter. Traditionally, you can’t create thangkas for sale. And you can’t deviate from form and colour set down centuries ago Born of a deeply embedded spirituality in the lives of Tibetans, thangkas are supposed to embody the painter’s spirituality, giving every piece a...

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