Buddhism

Christians Fight Anti-Conversion Laws

August 10, 2004

Source: Christianity Today

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2004/009/2.23.html

On August 10, 2004 Christianity Today reported, "Christians are fighting attempts by Buddhist nationalists to stem the growth of Christianity. A political party for Buddhist monks, Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), introduced the 'Prohibition of Forcible Conversions of Religions Bill' in Parliament on July 21. The bill bans religious conversions obtained by force or fraud. Christians oppose...

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Large Buddha Statue Will Help "Cement the Faith in North America," Developer Says

August 10, 2004

Source: Taipei Times

Wire Service: AFP

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2004/08/10/2003198164

On August 10, 2004 Agence France-Presse reported, "Bigger is better, according to a Taiwan-based religious sect planning a 10-story Buddha at a temple in a nondescript Vancouver suburb. 'The size of the Buddha and the building reflect his importance. You're supposed to be awestruck when you look at the Buddha....

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Buddhist Teachings Fill Classrooms at Cultural Center in Weston, FL

August 10, 2004

Source: The Miami Herald

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On August 10, 2004 The Miami Herald reported, "The American Buddhist center in Weston introduces beginners to a bit of history, along with the potential for true awakening... Every Tuesday at 7 p.m., Weston resonates with the chants of Buddhists filling their...

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Interfaith Council Prepares for Dalai Lama's Visit to Miami, FL

August 10, 2004

Source: The Miami Herald

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On August 10, 2004 The Miami Herald reported that great efforts are being made to prepare for the Dalai Lama's visit to Miami. "The Nobel Peace laureate and spiritual leader of the Tibetan people will visit Miami, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Mexico from Sept. 19 to Oct. 7... Members of the Interfaith Council are...

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Citing Traffic Problems, Residents Oppose Buddhist Temple in CA

August 7, 2004

Source: Pasadena Star News

http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/Stories/0,1413,206~22097~2321511,00.html

On August 7, 2004 Pasadena Star News reported, "Rapid development seeking to service the explosion of Asian immigrants in parts of the San Gabriel Valley has pushed area residents to the brink. Hundreds of Rowland Heights residents cried out recently against a proposed Buddhist temple on Fullerton and Pathfinder roads because it represents everything...

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Seattle "Change Your Mind Day" Event to Draw Buddhists from U.S. and Canada

August 7, 2004

Source: The Seattle Times

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2001998981_change07m.html

On August 7, 2004 The Seattle Times reported, "Four years ago, when the Northwest Dharma Association organized 'Change Your Mind Day,' about 75 people attended. This year more than 300 are expected, according to the association's president. Change Your Mind Day is an annual festival held in more than 40 cities in the United States to celebrate...

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Republican Pressured to Resign After Comments Insulting Gays, Buddhists

August 6, 2004

Source: Duluth News Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.duluthsuperior.com/mld/duluthtribune/9336902.htm

On August 6, 2004 Duluth News Tribune/AP reported, "The independent candidacy of state Rep. Arlon Lindner has caused discord among Republicans in his suburban district, leading party activists to call on their colleagues to turn away from Lindner's re-election bid. Lindner has ignited repeated controversies in the Legislature...

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Pure Land Buddhists Plan Enormous Buddha Statue, Would Make Vancouver a Pilgrimage Site

August 3, 2004

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/184653_bigbuddha03.html

On August 3, 2004 the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported, "Religious groups often erect colossal structures to inspire awe and instill humility in mortal souls. But most of them would not be tall enough to cast a shadow over a mammoth Buddha that worshippers are preparing to build in the Vancouver suburb of Richmond. The Taiwan-based Lingyen Mountain Buddhists want to...

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Soldiers Ordained as Monks, Hope to Boost Morale Among Buddhists in South

July 31, 2004

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

Wire Service: Reuters

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/07/30/1091080443253.html?oneclick=true

On July 31, 2004 Reuters reported, "Soldiers were ordained as monks this week before heading for remote temples in Thailand's largely Muslim south in the hope of restoring some confidence among Buddhists in the violence-torn area. The soldiers, policemen and public servants among the 222...

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"Peace Bell" Made in Korea Will Find Home in U.S. Buddhist Temple

July 30, 2004

Source: The Chosun Ilbo

http://english.chosun.com/w21data/html/news/200407/200407300047.html

On July 30, 2004 The Chosun Ilbo reported, "43-year-old U. S. Buddhist monk Mooryang recently visited Korea to produce the 'Peace Bell.' He has been constructing a temple in California for ten years and the bell will be contributed to the temple. The 'Peace Bell' is being made in a factory in Yongin. On August 5, a tolling ceremony would take place and it would...

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Youth Become Focus of Innovative Religious Tolerance Video

July 26, 2004

Original Source: Marin Independent Journal

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On July 26, 2004 Marin Independent Journal reported, "[Ruby] Unger, a Mill Valley educational filmmaker who specializes in videos for school-age kids, made 'Respecting Beliefs,' a 25-minute production explaining the religious tenets of Muslims, Christians, Jews and others. Finished in March, it's now heading for distribution to schools all over the country. Disturbed by the inflammable anti-Islamic rhetoric that...

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Small Town in Victoria Home to Large and Growing Laotian Population

July 24, 2004

Source: The Border Mail

http://www.bordermail.com.au/newsflow/pageitem?page_id=765873

On July 24, 2004 The Border Mail reported, "The Border [Wodonga, Victoria] is home to the largest Laotian population in the Southern Hemisphere outside a metropolitan area. And many of them will be displaying their cultural heritage at this years Ovens and Murray Football League grand final. Australian Lao Institute of Co-operation and Development president Mr Kevin...

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