Buddhism

Sri Lankan International Student at Wichita State University Improves Buddhist Practice

May 27, 2005

Source: Wichita Eagle

http://www.kansas.com/mld/kansas/news/local/11750696.htm

On May 27, 2005 the Wichita Eagle reported, "She came to the United States from Sri Lanka two years ago with two bags in hand and her parents' words --'Do your studies first, then you can do what you like' -- in her heart. Like the majority of Sri Lankans in Wichita, Asanka Fernando, now 24, is part of Wichita State University's international student body. Fernando has a zest for...

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Buddhists Celebrate Vesak

May 24, 2005

Source: The International News

http://jang.com.pk/thenews/may2005-daily/24-05-2005/metro/i10.htm

On May 24, 2005 The International News reported, "The Buddhist community celebrated ‘Vesak,’ festival of the full moon, known as the ‘Asian Festival of Lights,’ at the Buddhist Cultural Centre in Islamabad. The celebration was attended by the president of the All Pakistan Buddhist Association, Raja Tridev Roy; the high commissioners...

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A Minnesota Monk Goes From Tsunami Relief to Sesame Street

May 24, 2005

Source: Mankato Free Press

On May 24, 2005 the Mankato Free Press reported, "Whichever beloved feathered or furry “Sesame Street” character Bhante Sathi will be appearing with on two episodes of the PBS children’s program, he’s not talking. It’ll have to be a surprise next season for the millions of children who tune into the 35-year-old show every day. Being asked to be on the show in the first place was a pretty big surprise to Sathi, a Chanhassen-based Buddhist monk who lives in Mankato part time to teach meditation at...

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Buddhist Soka University of America Celebrates First Commencement

May 23, 2005

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.montereyherald.com/mld/montereyherald/news/politics/11719504.

On May 23, 2005 The Associated Press reported, "the first 100 students to complete undergraduate study at the Buddhist Soka University of America have received their diplomas. In a commencement ceremony Sunday, 100 of the school's first 120 students wore caps, gowns and stoles identifying them as the 'first graduating class of 2005.' The school is...

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Government Seeks to Resolve Conflict in Southern Province

May 23, 2005

Source: MSNBC/Newsweek

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7857269/site/newsweek/

On May 23, 2005 Newsweek reported, "The amateur video looked like something that would appear on Al-Jazeera: a group of men with long, gray beards and white Muslim robes sitting in a spartan room at a hidden location, discussing Islam. But instead of denouncing the West and plotting terrorist attacks, the group was engaged in an emotional discussion about how to halt spiraling religious violence in...

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Temple Leader Takes International Journey Toward Buddhist Priesthood

May 23, 2005

Source: Ann Arbor News

http://www.mlive.com/news/aanews/index.ssf?/base/news-13/111686283989110.xml

On May 23, 2005 the Ann Arbor News reported, "They chanted Buddha's name, then they did the hokey pokey. It was serious fun at the Zen Buddhist Temple in Ann Arbor Saturday morning as about 80 children and their parents kicked off a weekend celebration of Buddha's birthday with a Peace and Happiness parade. Leading the parade, which included a...

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Wesak Day an Opportunity to Celebrate Multi-Religious Identity

May 22, 2005

Source: The New Straits Times

On May 22, 2005 The New Straits Times reported, "Thousands of Buddhists went to temples throughout the country today to celebrate Wesak Day. Addressing devotees at the Kwan Inn Teng Vihara in Petaling Jaya this morning, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said it was important for Malaysians to hold to their own beliefs and yet be accommodating to others by showing that 'we care.' 'It is through moderation in our belief and the generosity of our actions that we will be able to...

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Thai Miss Universe Hopefuls Offend Buddhist Sensibilities in Bathing Suits

May 18, 2005

Source: Macleans

http://www.macleans.ca/culture/news/shownews.jsp?content=e051821A

On May 18, 2005 Macleans reported, "Photos of bikini-clad Miss Universe contestants posing in front of a revered Buddhist temple have been removed from the pagaent's website after the Thai government complained that the pictures were offensive. The controversial images will also be edited out of a film to be shown during the globally televised final of the competition on...

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Buddhist Monk Convicted of Sex Abuse Commits Suicide

May 17, 2005

Source: Yahoo! News

Wire Service: AP

http://dailynews.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050517/ap_on_re_as/sri_lanka_monk_abuse

On May 17, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "A monk drank poison and later died after becoming the first Buddhist clergyman to be convicted of the sexual abuse of a child in Sri Lanka, court officials and police said.

Monk Bellana Panniyaloka was found guilty of grave sexual abuse of a 16-year-...

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Missing Panchen Lama Sign of Future Unrest for Buddhism

May 16, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4551425.stm

On May 16, 2005 BBC News reported, "A decade ago, a six-year-old boy was named by the Dalai Lama as a spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism. Gedhun Choekyi Nyima was nominated as the reincarnation of the Panchen Lama - the second-most important figure in Tibetan religion, culture and politics after the Dalai Lama himself. But China disagreed with the choice and arrested the boy a few days later....

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Buddha's Birthday Celebrated

May 14, 2005

Source: MSNBC

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7857555/

On May 14, 2005 MSNBC reported, "In celebration of Buddha's birthday, the Bathing of the Buddha ceremony took place at Guam's Fo Guan Shan Temple in Barrigada. Many turned out to witness the practices of humanistic Buddhism. The ceremony is the most important of Buddhist festivals and is celebrated on the eighth day of the fourth lunar month calendar, which this year is May 15. Buddha's birthday is a time to remember the story of how...

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Four More Killed in South

May 10, 2005

Source: The Independent

http://independent-bangladesh.com/news/may/11/11052005ap.htm#A4

On May 10, 2005 The Independent reported, "Four more people have been killed in the ongoing unrest in Thailand's Muslim-majority south, where a separatist insurgency has raged since early last year, police said Tuesday.

Villager Bueraheng Kla, 26, was shot early Tuesday in the Ra-ngae district of Narathiwat province by an unknown number of gunmen, dying later...

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Vandals Destroy Buddhist Temple

May 5, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/kent/4515767.stm

On May 5, 2005 BBC News reported, "Arson and vandalism have forced a group of Buddhists to give up a project to convert a derelict house into a temple. An old school caretaker's house in Colyer Road, Northfleet, Kent was handed over to the Buddhists last year. Repairs to the building have been hampered by relentless attacks. Last week a monk was stoned in what the group has said...

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