Buddhism

Buddhist Temple in CA Hosts Cultural Exchange

January 8, 2005

Source: Whittier Daily News

http://www.whittierdailynews.com/Stories/0,1413,207~12026~2643352,00.html

On January 8, 2005 the Whittier Daily News reported, "pounding rainfall could not keep them away from the Hsi Lai Temple. Hundreds of guests from around the East San Gabriel Valley walked through the temple's gateway of Chinese characters to learn about Buddhism, and pray for world peace and the victims of the tsunami. To date, the temple has...

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Debate Over Whether to Specify Religion on Passports Highlights Tensions

January 7, 2005

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/07/international/asia/07pakistan.html?oref=login

On January 7, 2005 The New York Times reported, "A heated dispute over whether new Pakistani passports should specify the bearer's religious affiliation has underlined the problems President Pervez Musharraf faces in projecting Pakistan as a moderate Islamic state. The controversy is the latest between Mr. Musharraf and hard-line...

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Kansas City Faithful Ring in the New Year with Interfaith Service, Tsunami Fundraiser

January 5, 2005

Source: The Kansas City Star

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/living/10563889.htm

On January 5, 2005 The Kansas City Star reported that on, "Dec. 31, nearly 300 folks gathered at the Rime Buddhist Center for the 19th annual 'World Peace Meditation.' This year the program included the Muslim call to prayer, American Indian smudging, a Buddhist chant, a Sikh prayer, sacred Hindu music, a Christian hymn and a Sufi dance. In the keynote address, the Rev....

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Buddhists Plan to Sell Temple, Give Proceeds to Tsunami Relief

January 4, 2005

Source: Vancouver Sun

http://www.canada.com/vancouver/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=efa1946d-029d-4fb9-beba-e99bd20ae948

On January 4, 2005 the Vancouver Sun reported, "A Buddhist abbot stunned his Burnaby congregation on Saturday when he announced they would be selling a temple worth more than $500,000 to give all the proceeds to Asia's tsunami victims. But the members of Venerable Thick Nguyen Thao's Buddhist...

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Several Buddha Statues Survive Tsunami

January 1, 2005

Source: CBS News

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/01/01/world/main664238.shtml

On January 1, 2005 CBS News reported, "Legs folded, smiling serenely, several Buddha statues of cement and plaster sit unscathed amid collapsed brick walls and other tsunami debris. To many residents, the survival of the 10-foot-high figures is a divine sign. 'The Lord Buddha is a blessed person, so the statues were protected,' said U.M. Husain, a Muslim municipal worker who...

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Tsunamis Challenge Faith of Many South Asians

December 31, 2004

Source: Kansas City Star

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/nation/10538253.htm

On December 31, 2004 the Kansas City Star reported, "Not only did the tsunami drown southern Asia; it challenged its soul. When the waves washed over India's coastal villages Sunday, thousands of pilgrims to a Marian shrine were washed away while paying homage and attending mass. Bodies were scattered and buried in the sand, and the shrine suddenly became a morgue...

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Survivors Take Refuge in Holy Places--Temples, Mosques, Churches

December 31, 2004

Source: The Mercury News

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On December 31, 2004 The Mercury News reported, "Amid the devastation of earthquake and tsunami, dazed refugees and weeping mourners seek solace - and shelter - on holy ground. Muslims across the ravaged northern coast of Sumatra crowded into debris-littered mosques Friday for their final prayers of the year, the stench of rotting corpses hanging over them. Buddhists in Thailand carried their dead to temples for cremation. Tens...

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