Buddhism

Buddhists Eye Church Property

February 17, 2005

Author: Douglas Belkin

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2005/02/17/buddhists_eye_church_property/

Leaders in Lowell's burgeoning Southeast Asian community are planning to ask the Archdiocese of Boston to sell them the Notre Dame de Lourdes Church on Smith Street for less than half its assessed value so they can convert it into a Buddhist temple.

"We are hoping they will hear...

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"Friendly" Troops Deployed to Predominately Muslim South

February 15, 2005

Source: IslamOnline.net

http://www.islamonline.org/English/News/2005-02/15/article06.shtml

On February 15, 2005 IslamOnline.net reported, "Thailand's cabinet approved Tuesday, February 15, the creation of a 12,000 soldier-strong infantry division to be permanently based in the predominantly Muslim southern provinces to foster what it termed better relations between the military and Muslim residents.

'This regiment is not to combat but to...

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Researchers Claim Buddha Was Born in Orissa

February 12, 2005

Source: Frontline

http://www.hinduonnet.com/fline/fl2204/stories/20050225001008800.htm

On February 12, 2005 Frontline reported, "Was the Buddha born in Orissa? If a section of Buddhist scholars are to be believed, yes. A debate over the claim that Kapileswar, a place near Bhubaneswar, was the real birthplace of the Buddha is gaining momentum with researchers and scholars. The State government, too, has supported the claim. Damodar Rout, the State...

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UC Berkeley Opens New Buddhist Studies Center

February 11, 2005

Source: Hernando Today

http://www.berkeley.edu/news/media/releases/2005/02/11_newbuddhistcenter.shtml

On February 11, 2005 the Hernando Today reported, "Buddhism's New Age-type appeal has launched literally hundreds of self-help books, scores of films, and captured the imagination of more than a few Hollywood superstars. But do popular notions of Buddhism conform to what scholars know about the religion as it has been practiced in Asia?...

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Visiting Lama Helps Tibetan Buddhists Ring in New Year

February 10, 2005

Source: The Tampa Tribune

http://pasco.tbo.com/pasco/MGBA3QN9D5E.html

On February 10, 2005 The Tampa Tribune reported, "a visiting lama will conduct a New Year's ceremony for local Tibetan Buddhists on Sunday. Drupon Thinley Ningpo, who is associated with the Tibetan Meditation Center in Frederick, Md., will officiate at a smoke ceremony to make offerings and request removal of obstacles for the coming year. A drupon is a 'retreat master' in Tibetan Buddhism. The smoke...

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St. Andrews Center to Study Religion and Politics, Examine Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim Presence

February 8, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/4246559.stm

On February 8, 2005 the BBC News reported, "The link between religion and politics is to be examined by a new research centre at St Andrews University. One of the key projects at the Centre for the Study of Religion and Politics (CSRP) will examine Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist communities in Scotland. The centre will be launched on Thursday with a lecture by Dr Mario Aguilar, the dean of...

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Muslims Reject Prime Minister in Vote

February 7, 2005

Source: Reuters

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/BKK294125.htm

On February 7, 2005 Reuters reported, "Thailand's Muslim far south, where more than 500 people were killed in militant violence last year, voted solidly against Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in weekend general elections.

A stunned Thaksin, who had expected victories for several of his 11 candidates in the three violence-racked provinces, said on Monday the still unofficial results...

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Muslims in South Cast Votes for Peace

February 6, 2005

Source: Reuters

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/BKK261458.htm

On February 6, 2005 Reuters reported, "Voters in Thailand's largely Muslim south, where more than 500 people were killed in assassinations and explosions last year, thronged to polling stations on Sunday to vote for the restoration of peace.

Friends and foes of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said they hoped their votes would either change the government or alter government strategies...

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Buddha's Remains on Display in CA Presbyterian Church

February 5, 2005

Source: North County Times

http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2005/02/06/special_reports/religion/21_25_052_5_05.txt

On February 5, 2005 the North County Times reported, "The 2,500-year-old cremated remains of 'The Englightened One' and other Buddhist holy men were to go on display at a Santa Monica church Saturday. Among the 30 relics to be displayed at Santa Monica's First Presbyterian Church are those of Siddhartha Guatama, or...

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Bell Stolen from Buddhist Temple in Tacoma

January 30, 2005

Source: USA Today

Wire Service: AP

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2005-01-30-bell-temple_x.htm

On January 30, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "it would have taken a forklift to move the 3,000-pound copper bell stolen recently from a Vietnamese Buddhist temple [in Tacoma, WA]. But the bell and its hand-carved wooden frame — together 12 feet tall — disappeared sometime between Jan. 18 and Monday, said Thich Phuoc Toan...

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Dalai Lama’s Office in Kathmandu Ordered Closed

January 29, 2005

Source: The Times of India/Press Trust of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1004713.cms

On January 29, 2005 the Press Trust of India reported, "Nepal has ordered the closure of the contact office of the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and of the Tibetan refugee welfare centre in Kathmandu, an official said. 'The Office of Dalai Lama's Representative in Nepal and Tibetan Refugee Welfare Office were ordered closed since they...

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Chicagoland Buddhist Monk Returns Home to Sri Lanka After Tsunami

January 28, 2005

Source: The Northwest Herald

http://www.nwherald.com/MainSection/282486472479365.php

On January 28, 2005 The Northwest Herald reported, "A Buddhist monk in Crystal Lake, [Illinois], [Sujatha] Peradeniye returned Jan. 20 to the place where he grew up. He brought about $30,000 in local donations, hoping in some way to help restore what the tsunami devoured. The devastation left behind by the Dec. 26 disaster no longer fills the front page, but it is as real as the...

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Dalai Lama in Sun Valley for 9-11 Remembrances

January 27, 2005

Source: Idaho Statesman

http://www.idahostatesman.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2005501270364

On January 27, 2005 the Idaho Statesman reported, "the Dalai Lama plans to visit Sun Valley for the fourth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Organizers of September's trip say the Nobel Prize-winning spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists will address a general audience, conduct private meetings, speak at a news conference and talk to invited...

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