Buddhism

Obon Festivals in CA

August 25, 2004

Source: Visalia Times Delta

http://www.visaliatimesdelta.com/news/stories/20040716/localnews/856693.html

On August 25, 2004 the Visalia Times Delta reported, "like any time-honored festival, Obon is a celebration that brings people together... The annual event has its roots in Japanese Buddhism and will take place July 24 at the Visalia Buddhist [Temple]... Similar to the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead, Obon is a chance to remember through...

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Interfaith Temple to Host Rare Buddhist Relics in Bloomington, IN

August 21, 2004

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/journalgazette/news/nation/9461099.htm

On August 21, 2004 the Associated Press reported that, "an interfaith temple will host a rare collection of more than 1,000 relics of the Buddha and other Buddhist Masters next weekend. They will be displayed at the Chamtse Ling Interfaith Temple, consecrated by the Dalai Lama on the grounds of the Tibetan Cultural Center last September, the center announced...

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At the Olympics, Interfaith Center Provides Worship Space for Athletes

August 20, 2004

Source: The Guardian

http://sport.guardian.co.uk/olympics2004/story/0,14912,1287178,00.html

On August 20, 2004 The Guardian reported, "Tucked away in a corner of the athletes' village is the Olympic Religious Services Centre, a spiritual escape for the competitors away from the prying eyes of journalists, a place where, in theory at least, they can let go of the impulses that got them here in the first place... Details of what exactly goes on inside...

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Chinese Government Detains U.S. Buddhist Leader

August 19, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A11214-2004Aug18.html

On August 19, 2004 The Washington Post reported, "Chinese authorities have detained a prominent, U.S.-based Buddhist leader in connection with his plans to reopen an ancient temple complex in Inner Mongolia province and have forced dozens of his American followers to leave the region, local officials said Wednesday. The U.S. Embassy here said it has requested...

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U.S. Embassy Requests Explanation for Chinese Detention of U.S.-Based Buddhist Leader

August 19, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A11214-2004Aug18.html?referrer=email

On August 19, 2004 The Washington Post reported, "Chinese authorities have detained a prominent, U.S.-based Buddhist leader in connection with his plans to reopen an ancient temple complex in Inner Mongolia province and have forced dozens of his American followers to leave the region, local officials said Wednesday. The U.S....

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Zen Buddhist Temple in Rendon TX

August 18, 2004

Source: Night Ridder News

http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/newssentinel/living/9431318.htm

On August 18, 2004 Night Ridder News reported that, "last Dec. 14, Zen Buddhist monks and nuns from around the world, plus hundreds of lay Buddhists from the United States, dedicated the majestic new temple of the Quang Chieu Zen Monastery [in Rendon, TX]. Every Sunday since, scores of lay people, most of them Vietnamese Americans, drive through the monastery gates, often in...

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Women Turn to Bodhisattva Kwan Yin

August 17, 2004

Source: The Honolulu Advertiser

http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2004/Aug/17/il/il01a.html

On August 17, 2004 the Honolulu Advertiser reported, "In 1977, Kathy Phillips discovered Kwan Yin at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. Women in search of a connection to the divine feminine have long turned to this bodhisattva — also known as Kwan Yin — for guidance... Today, more than a quarter century later, Phillips can relax herself, with a book of poems...

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Tibetans Celebrate Religious Festival Amidst Tensions Over Religious Freedom

August 15, 2004

Source: ABC News

Wire Service: Reuters

http://abcnews.go.com/wire/World/reuters20040815_29.html

On August 15, 2004 Reuters reported, "Unfurling a giant cloth painting of the Buddha over a mountainside beside the great Drepung monastery, monks gave Tibetan pilgrims an annual glimpse Sunday of one of Tibet's great ceremonies. Chanting mantras and spinning prayer wheels, pilgrims gazed up in awe. Few of the 150,000 pilgrims gathered for...

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Followers of Many Religions Flock to Church for its "Miraculous Powers"

August 14, 2004

Source: The Washington Times

http://www.washtimes.com/world/20040813-095345-7816r.htm

On August 14, 2004 The Washington Times reported, "Sri Lanka is a seat of conservative Buddhism, but a church here visited out of the blue by the pope is standing out as a symbol of religious harmony amid a heated debate on conversions. Devotees of different creeds flock to St. Anthony's Church even as the predominantly Buddhist nation grapples with proposals to outlaw 'unethical...

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Queen Praises Country's Religious Tolerance

August 13, 2004

Source: Borneo Bulletin

http://www.brunei-online.com/bb/fri/aug13w12.htm

On August 13, 2004 the Borneo Bulletin reported, "Thai Queen Sirikit, who turned 72 on Thursday, lauded Thailand's traditional values of generosity and tolerance for different religions in a speech delivered on the eve of her birthday. Thursday is a national holiday, marking Thailand's Mother's Day to honour the queen's birthday. The day was marked by celebrations and special events to commemorate the...

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Buddhists Protest Bar in Waikiki

August 11, 2004

Source: The Honolulu Advertiser

http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2004/Aug/11/ln/ln09a.html

On August 11, 2004 the The Honolulu Advertiser reported, "some Buddhists are so concerned about the name of a new Waikiki bar that they have started a writing and telephone campaign to proprietors, politicians and community groups. The Buddha Bar, in the former House of Hong restaurant in Waikiki, opened Thursday. Some Buddhists find the name offensive......

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Buddhists Protest Bar in Waikiki

August 11, 2004

Source: Star Bulletin

On August 11, 2004 Star Bulletin reported, "Buddha Bar opened Thursday in Waikiki with promoters promising 'a modern upscale European nightclub with Asian accents' modeled on a Paris bar with the same name. [However] local Buddhists, offended at the use of a revered name, launched a letter-writing campaign to city and state government agencies... The bar manager took a sidewalk Buddha Bar signboard down at the direction of the Honolulu Liquor Commission... The name can be reinstated if the bar operator goes through the [approval]...

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Buddhists Ask Tribal Leaders to Perform Ritual to Help Fight Crime

August 11, 2004

Source: News24

http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_1571071,00.html

On August 11, 2004 News24 reported, "The Buddhist temple in Bronkhorstspruit called on the help of sangomas last week in an attempt to curb crime in the area. Peter Just, spokesperson for the temple, said crime escalated in the area over the past few months. Because the perpetrators were probably from the local tribal communities, the temple thought that a...

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