Buddhism

Buddhist Peace Fellowship Greets Pope Benedict XVI in Letter

May 2, 2005

Source: CommonDreams.org/Buddhist Peace Fellowship

http://www.commondreams.org/news2005/0502-09.htm

On May 2, 2005 a Buddhist Peace Fellowship press release reported, "As Pope Benedict XVI begins his incumbency by building bridges to Christian, Jewish, and Islamic communities, the Buddhist Peace Fellowship (BPF) is taking the initiative to extend sincere and respectful greeting in the form of a letter -- remarkable not only for what it says but for it doesn't say, and thus...

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Monks Oppose Giving Control of Tsunami Aid to Rebels

April 29, 2005

Source: The Scotsman

http://news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=444592005

On April 29, 2005 The Scotsman reported, "Religious leaders in Sri Lanka have fiercely opposed handing over tsunami aid to rebel fighters. A political party led by several of the country’s powerful Buddhist monks has opposed a government move to give partial control of foreign tsunami aid to the Tamil Tiger rebels. The rebels have continued to target those opposed to them and cannot...

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Tibetan Monks Create Mandalas at St. Louis Museum

April 29, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/166/story_16602_1.html

On April 29, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "Tibetan monks are spending five days at the St. Louis Art Museum meticulously positioning millions of grains of sand in a colorful pattern to form a sand painting. On Sunday, they'll destroy it. The process serves as a way for the Buddhists to meditate, spread blessings and show the temporary...

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Muslims Mark Anniversary of Mosque Shootout

April 28, 2005

Source: Reuters

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/BKK252360.htm

On April 28, 2005 Reuters reported, "Thai Muslims gathered in a historic mosque in the restive south on Thursday and prayed for 32 men killed by troops a year ago after they refused to surrender.

Some 150 people living around the Krue Se mosque prayed for peace in the largely Muslim region where more than 600 people have been killed since violence erupted in January last year.
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Interfaith Peace Summit Seeks to Address Social Problems

April 23, 2005

Source: Christian Today

http://www.christiantoday.com/news/africa/interfaith.peace.summit.gathers.africa.religious.leaders/195.htm

On April 23, 2005 Christian Today reported, "An African Inter-faith peace summit is in session in Johannesburg until 25 April where over 200 representatives of various religions are gathered to discuss and propose solutions for problems the continent is facing. The delegates from more...

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Corruption Scandals Shake Korea's Largest Buddhist Order

April 20, 2005

Source: Korea TImes

http://times.hankooki.com/lpage/200504/kt2005042018082710160.htm

On April 20, 2005 the Korea TImes reported, "The Chogye Order, the nation’s largest Buddhist sect, is embroiled in a relay of internal illegalities and irregularities and is tainting its transcendent image. Experts point out that the order needs an overhaul as the incidents reflect the underlining shady practices in the temples around the nation. According to recent...

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Bronze Buddha on Raft Credited for Saving Village from Tsunami

April 17, 2005

Source: The Independent

http://news.independent.co.uk/world/asia/story.jsp?story=630157

On April 17, 2005 The Independent reported, "A little bronze-eyed idol to the west of Kathmandu is causing quite a stir. It's a Buddhist sage, and in mid-December the 5-inch figure was, like so many in rural Burma, placed in a little decorated kiosk, strapped to a crude bamboo raft and released on to the Irrawaddy river to drift to propitious sites and cast away evil....

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Dalai Lama to Visit Sikkim

April 17, 2005

Source: Hindustan Times

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/7454_1324433,000800050011.htm

On April 17, 2005 the Hindustan Times reported, "Hectic arrangements are going on in Sikkim to make the visit of his highness Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet a grand success, with barely a few days left for his arrival in Gangtok. According to state officials, apart from tight security arrangement for the spiritual leader and his entourage, large-scale...

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Buddhist Leader Calls for Crackdown on "Unethical Conversions" in Wake of Tsunami

April 17, 2005

Source: Asian Tribune

http://www.asiantribune.com/show_news.php?id=14105

On April 17, 2005 the Asian Tribune reported, "The Venerable Medagama Dhammananda Thera of the Asgiriya Maha Vihara has called for strong legal measures to protect Buddhists and Hindus from dollar-waving ‘religious’ pied pipers. Hordes of them from the West and their local supporters were spreading out to the island’s remote corners to 'save souls,' while their own countries were...

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Interfaith Service in Los Angeles Honors Memory of John Paul II

April 13, 2005

Source: India Post News Service

http://www.indiapost.com/members/story.php?story_id=4707

On April 13, 2005 the India Post News Service reported, "Bibi Inderjit Kaur Khalsa, Bhai Sahiba of the Sikh Dharma, addressed a gathering of 500 in an Interfaith Memorial Service for Pope John Paul II at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angeles in Los Angeles, California. She shared some personal experiences with her husband Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Khalsa Yogiji and their...

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Buddhist Leader Pays Tribute to Pope’s Interfaith Efforts

April 10, 2005

Source: The Tampa Tribune

http://tampatrib.com/opinion/MGBRB1IRB7E.html

On April 10, 2005 The Tampa Tribune ran a letter to the editor from K. Wipulasara, abbot of Florida Buddhist Vihara, on Pope John Paul II's legacy of interfaith work. Wipulasara wrote, "At a time when the need for tolerance of discrete religious beliefs and pluralistic views is so evident, the world has been blessed with spiritual guidance from individuals of the caliber of Pope John Paul II. History has...

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