Buddhism

San Bernardino County One of Most Religiously Diverse in Nation

July 24, 2005

Source: The Press Enterprise

On July 24, 2005 The Press Enterprise reported, "A decade of explosive growth in the Inland area has created one of the most religiously diverse regions in the nation, experts say. Nearly 1 million people have moved to the Inland area in the past 10 years, many of them immigrants who are building ethnic churches, mosques and temples as they settle in new neighborhoods. Today, Riverside and San Bernardino counties are home to a dozen mosques, nearly two dozen Buddhist temples, more than a dozen churches...

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Thai Rebel Tactic: Divide the Faiths

July 20, 2005

Author: Simon Montlake

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0720/p06s03-woap.html

Somjit Sangsanan remembers when a good night out in her village meant piling into a friend's pickup truck and going to town for a movie or a concert.

Not any more. Now everyone in her rural community of Buddhist farmers and government workers turns in by 8 p.m. and nobody ventures out at night, especially not alone.

...

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Japanese Monks Begin Peace Walk to Commemorate 60th Anniversary of Nuclear Bombings

July 17, 2005

Source: KCBS

On July 17, 2005 KCBS reported, "Japanese Zen monks set out from San Francisco this weekend on a 1600-mile march to mark the 60th anniversary of the bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima at the end of World War II. The monks are carrying with them the Atomic Flame , a fire ignited from the burning ruins of Hiroshima, which they plan to carry to the original atomic test site in Trinity, New Mexico. Accompanied by a group that included Nobel Prize winners, politicians, and American Indian peace activists, the monks brought...

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U.S. Expresses Concerns Over Forced Conversion Bill in Sri Lanka

July 15, 2005

Source: The Christian Post

http://www.christianpost.com/article/missions/1699/section/uscirf.expresses.concern.over.sri.lankas.forced.conversion.bill/1.htm

On July 15, 2005 The Christian Post reported, "The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) expressed concern Wednesday about a proposed pending legislation in Sri Lanka and the climate of inter-religious conflict and...

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At First Christian Church, Regular Interfaith Service a "Model for Humanity"

July 12, 2005

Source: Oregon Daily Emerald

On July 12, 2005 the Oregon Daily Emerald reported, "First Christian Church held its 46th consecutive interfaith prayer and reflection service Monday. Nearly 200 community members met this month to 'pray for peace' and 'reflect upon the interconnectedness of all beings,' according to a First Christian Church pamphlet.

The service has been held on the 11th of every month since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Followers of any and every faith are invited to come together as a community to '...

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Update: Nashville Teens Charged with Vandalism of Buddhist Temple

July 11, 2005

Source: WVLT-TV

Wire Service: AP

http://www.volunteertv.com/Global/story.asp?S=3566180

On July 11, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "Nashville police have charged two 14-year-old boys with felonies after a Buddhist temple was vandalized. The Juvenile Court petitions say the boys used fireworks to create explosive devices which they threw through the windows of the Wat Lao Buddhapathip (waht low boo-dah-pah-TEEP') Temple on the...

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U.S. Secretary of State Urges China to Engage with Dalai Lama

July 10, 2005

Source: Yahoo! News

Wire Service: AP

http://asia.news.yahoo.com/050710/ap/d8b8cnsg0.html

On July 10, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said she asked Chinese leaders on Sunday to "reach out" to the Dalai Lama and said the exiled Tibetan leader is 'no threat to China.' Speaking at a news conference after meeting President Hu Jintao and other leaders, Rice said she asked 'that China reach out to, in particular, the Dalai Lama, a man who is for Tibet, a man of...

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All-Faith Temple "Upholds the Spirit of Ayodhya"

July 10, 2005

Source: The Telegraph

On July 10, 2005 The Telegraph reported, "A kilometre away from the ravaged grounds where the Babri mosque once stood, curious visitors trooped into Satya Mandir. On Wednesday, a special prayer for peace was held in this all-faith temple, which was built after the mosque was brought down in 1992. As political shrapnel flies in the wake of the terror attack on the makeshift Ram temple, priests in this ancient town have taken it upon themselves to preserve social and communal harmony. Guchi, who has been living in...

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Melbourne Muslims Organize Interfaith Vigil to Show Diverse Faiths Are United After Bombings

July 9, 2005

Source: Yahoo! News/AsiaNet

On July 9, 2005 AsiaNet reported, "In the wake of the London bombings, representatives of the Islamic Council of Victoria, Young Muslims of Australia, the Australasian Union of Jewish Students and Young Christian Workers have organised an interfaith vigil in Federation Square, Melbourne. The gathering will be held on Sunday 10 July 2005 between 4-5 pm. ICV President Malcolm Thomas said: 'This gathering is intended to show that people of diverse faiths are united in friendship and cooperation, in the face...

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Greenwich Interfaith Forum Denounces Attacks

July 9, 2005

Source: Greenwich Time

http://www.greenwichtime.com/news/local/scn-gt-greenwichjul10,0,4406121.story?coll=green-news-local-headlines

On July 9, 2005 Greenwich Time reported, "The Greenwich Multi-Faith Forum, a British interfaith organization that promotes religious tolerance, expressed its condolences to bombing victims and their families.

'We support all the people who suffer,' said Saeed Ahmad, the...

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Police Pursuing Suspects in Damage of Nashville Buddhist Temple

July 5, 2005

Source: The Tennessean

http://www.gallatinnewsexaminer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050705/NEWS01/507050352/1006/MTCN04

On July 5, 2005 The Tennessean reported, "Vandals threw fireworks and pieces of rock at the Lao Buddhapathip Temple on Glenmont Drive early yesterday morning, Metro Police Capt. Mike Hagar said. The damage was discovered and reported by one of the monks entering the Buddhist temple about 7 a.m.,...

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