Buddhism

Buddhist Peace Fellowship Release Statement After the Elections

November 6, 2004

Source: The Buddhist Peace Fellowship

http ://w ww.bpf.org/html/whats_now/events/postelection.html

On November 6, 2004 The Buddhist Peace Fellowship released a statement concerning the 2004 Election. "The 2004 U.S. presidential election has finally come to an end. Some of us are deeply unhappy about the outcome and others are rejoicing. Many people have mixed feelings. All of us cherish the same dream of safety and happiness, but our fears, beliefs, and the compelling delusions of the American political spectacle blind us...

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Buddhism Growing But Virtually Invisible to Most Citizens

November 4, 2004

Source: The Copenhagen Post

http://www.phayul.com/news/article.aspx?id=8116

On November 4, 2004 The Copenhagen Post reported, "In just 25 years, the number of Buddhists in Denmark has risen from 2,000 to 17,000-18,000. Despite its increasingly popularity, Buddhists are virtually invisible to many Danes After winning over more than 400 million adherents around the world, Buddhism is now gaining a foothold in Danish society. Just 25 years ago, the Asian religion had some 2...

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Islamic Leaders Warn of Reprisal After Death of 85 Muslims During Protest

November 4, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/3981159.stm

On November 4, 2004 the BBC News reported, "Thailand's troubled south remains tense after a series of violent incidents left at least seven people dead.

The killings came a week after 85 Muslims were killed when a protest turned violent, many of them suffocated while in police custody.

Islamic leaders warned that the tragedy could trigger reprisal attacks in Thailand's mainly...

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In OR, Zen Buddhist Create Prayer Flags in Remembrance of WWII Bombing of Japan

October 30, 2004

Source: Albany Democrat Herald

http://www.democratherald.com/articles/2004/10/30/news/local/news06.txt

On October 30, 2004 Albany Democrat Herald reported, "on Saturday, more than 20 people made Buddhist prayer flags at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting Room [in Corvalis, OR]. The flags feature images of Jizo, a holy Buddhist figure, and will be given away in Japan in August for the 60th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. About...

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Thousands Convert to Buddhism to Remember Ambedkar

October 23, 2004

Source: Sify

http://sify.com/news/fullstory.php?id=13596282

On October 23, 2004 Sify reported, "As many as 65,000 people have embraced Buddhism at Deeksha Bhoomi in Nagpur on 'Dhamma Chakra Pravartan Din' on Friday. The day is celebrated to commemorate the adoption of Buddhism by Bharat Ratna Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar along with lakhs of people in 1956. The special function was supervised by Japan-born Indian monk Bhante Nagarjun Surai Sasai, who gave certificates to all...

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Tibetan Monks Come to Biloxi for Visit to Vietnamese Temple

October 22, 2004

Source: Sun Herald

http://www.sunherald.com/mld/thesunherald/living/9982781.htm

On October 22, 2004 Sun Herald reported, "seven Tibetan Buddhist monks from a religious sect known for nonviolent beliefs will be in Biloxi for a week to construct a colorful, intricate sand mandala inside the Buddhist temple, Chua Van Duc. The seven are on a world peace tour they've titled 'Everlasting Peace.' South Mississippians interested in watching the building of the...

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Buddhist Temple in UT Looks to Preserve Tibetan Tradition

October 16, 2004

Source: Desert Morning News

http://www.phayul.com/news/article.aspx?id=7973

On October 16, 2004 Desert Morning News reported, "in a silent answer to ongoing Chinese government efforts to eradicate Tibetan Buddhism, a pair of local practitioners have fashioned a new temple for their faith in downtown Salt Lake City... And though it is a world away from the shrines and monasteries of Tibet that are now threatened with extinction as places of worship, the new temple — called...

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Buddhist Center Blends Meditation and Mountain Biking

October 10, 2004

Source: The Boston Globe

On October 10, 2004 The Boston Globe reported on "the debut of a program at the Karme Choling Shambhala Buddhist Meditation Center in Barnet [VT] that attempts to bring... together... a weekend of meditation, yoga, and mountain biking. The program devoted mornings to yoga and meditation, and afternoons to guided mountain biking through the Kingdom Trails, a network of scenic backwoods paths through the pristine woods of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom in East Burke." The program's three founders are all practicing Buddhists and avid...

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Launch of Progressive Muslim Union of North America

October 9, 2004

Source: The Register Gaurd

Wire Service: AP

http://www.registerguard.com/news/2004/10/09/f4.rel.muslim.1009.html

On October 9, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "on Nov. 15, as the holy month of Ramadan is expected to end, a group of mostly young Muslims plans to launch the Progressive Muslim Union of North America in New York. As their name suggests, the organization will take positions that conservatives consider...

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Interfaith Event in Oregan to Focus on Peace in Middle East

October 9, 2004

Source: The Oregonian

http ://w ww.oregonlive.com/living/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/living/1097323614152040.xml

On October 9, 2004 The Oregonian reported, "The Wholistic Peace Institute, led by Gary Alan Spanovich, is behind the evening that promises to use at least three languages: words to challenge people's minds, music to speak to their hearts, and food and conversation to satisfy their souls. The topic for the evening will be peace in the Middle East, and the experts will be six Portland religious leaders, all of whom...

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Buddhist Pioneer Remembered in Kansas

October 9, 2004

Source: The Witcha Eagle

http://www.kansas.com/mld/eagle/news/local/9873710.htm

On October 9, 2004 The Witcha Eagle reported, "during his 43 years as a Cambodian Buddhist monk, Phauk So sent up numerous prayers for the Cambodian community. To give Cambodian Buddhists a place to mingle and worship, Mr. So put hammer to nail in the early 1990s and helped build Wichita's only Cambodian Buddhist Temple, at 3190 S. Clifton. This week community members visited the brightly...

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Dalai Lama Criticizes Use of Religion for Political Ends

October 5, 2004

Source: Beliefnet.com/EFE News Services

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/153/story_15383_1.html

On October 5, 2004 EFE News Services reported, "The Dalai Lama, Tenzing Gyatso, participated in an inter-faith religious service at this capital's National Cathedral on Monday and criticized those who use religion to manipulate the emotions of their followers for economic or political goals. The exiled Buddhist Tibetan leader told the representatives of a number of religious...

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