Buddhism

Construction Begins On $10 Million Buddhist Temple

June 4, 2004

Source: ABC Central Victoria

http://www.abc.net.au/centralvic/news/200406/s1124249.htm

On June 4, 2004 ABC Central Victoria reported, "Work will start today on a $10 million Buddhist temple near Bendigo. The design is based on the Great Stupa built in Tibet during the 15th century. The building will be 50 square metres across the base and about 50 metres high. Work on the foundations will begin this morning after a special ceremony. A spokesman says the...

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Religious Groups Protest Proposed Amendment Banning Gay Marriage

June 4, 2004

Source: The Sun Herald

Wire Service: AP

http://www.sunherald.com/mld/sunherald/news/nation/8841405.htm

On June 4, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "A grouping of Christian, Jewish and Sikh organizations is urging Congress to reject a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage. Twenty-six organizations, ranging from the 2.3-million-member Episcopal Church, USA, to the 60,000 represented by the...

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Tibetan Monk Honors Female Buddhist Deity

June 3, 2004

Source: Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/news/metro/des3_20040603.htm

On June 3, 2004 the Detroit Free Press reported on Gehlek Rimpoche, a Tibetan monk who is the founder and director of Ann Arbor's Jewel Heart, an international Buddhist center, and the creator the the Tara Box. "The Tara Box is about half the size of a Kleenex box, lavishly decorated with pictures of flowers, fruits and the mountains of India. It's a small altar with a statue of Tara, the most...

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Majority-Muslim Province Also Includes Buddhists, Christians and Taoists Living in Harmony

June 2, 2004

Source: Xinhuanet

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-06/02/content_1504671.htm

On June 2, 2004 Xinhuanet reported, "The Hui Autonomous Prefecture of Linxia in northwest China's Gansu Province is known as the 'little Mecca' in China for the existence in peace and harmony of residents of different ethnic groups and different faiths. The prefecture has a population of 1.92 million. People of Hui ethnicity constitute 56 percent of the total population....

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In Hawaii, Buddhists Light Lanterns For Peace

June 1, 2004

Source: Honolulu Advertiser

http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2004/Jun/01/ln/ln05a.html

On June 1, 2004 the Honolulu Advertiser reported, "A sea of glowing lanterns floated from the shores of Magic Island yesterday evening, their flickering orange light a symbolic beacon to the dearly departed as they return to the spirit world. Thousands of people went to Magic Island last night for the annual Toro Nagashi ceremony. Toro Nagashi is the Buddhist...

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Hawaii's Graveyards Reveal Blending Traditions

May 31, 2004

Source: The Honolulu Advertiser

http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2004/May/31/il/il01a.html

On May 31, 2004 The Honolulu Advertiser reported, "Nanette Napoleon has seen the strangest things left as graveyard memorabilia, or what she calls 'visitation goods.' We're not talking about people bringing lei, flowers or photos to their family's graves. We're not even talking oranges or tangerines, cans of beer, bottles of soda, incense, cups of tea,...

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Buddhists Inaugurate Bodhi Path in New York

May 31, 2004

Source: The Journal News

http://www.nyjournalnews.com/newsroom/053104/a0131buddhists.html

On May 31, 2004 The Journal News reported, "To religious chants and drumming, hundreds of Chinese Buddhists came to the Chuang Yen Monastery yesterday for the inauguration of a walkway designed to put adherents on the spiritual journey to enlightenment. The two-hour ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Western hemisphere's largest Buddhist temple dedicated the Bodhi Path,...

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Young Buddhist, Catholics, Muslims and Hindus Share Experiences in Forum on Religious Diversity

May 31, 2004

Source: The Straits Times

http://straitstimes.asia1.com.sg/singapore/story/0,4386,253706,00.html

On May 31, 2004 The Straits Times reported, "Being a Muslim in a Catholic school gave Ms. Iva Aminuddin the chance to talk about Islam at length to curious friends. 'It made me more aware of my own religion,' said Ms. Iva, 25, a civil servant and member of Mendaki Club. She was one of four speakers at a forum on dealing with religious diversity held...

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Dalai Lama Says Scotland Could Provide a Model for Settling Tibet-China Dispute

May 31, 2004

Source: The Scotsman

http://news.scotsman.com/politics.cfm?id=616672004

On May 31, 2004 The Scotsman reported, "The Dalai Lama, who began his six-day visit to Scotland on Saturday, has said that the country’s devolution settlement could prove a useful model for a form of government which would bring peace to his homeland of Tibet. The Tibetan leader said there were many parallels between Scotland and Tibet, and that a form of devolved government may pave the way to...

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Hindu-Buddhist Friendship Society to be Formed

May 30, 2004

Source: Sunday Observer

http ://w ww.sundayobserver.lk/2004/05/30/new27.html

On May 30, 2004 the Sunday Observer reported, "A Hindu-Buddhist Friendship Society, among devotees from the subcontinent and Sri Lanka is in the pipeline. The architects of this move are, Swami Dayananda Saraswati, who has unified the Hindus of India, the Ven Rassagala Seewali Thera, attached to the Thai-Sri Lanka Buddhist Centre, and prominent Sri Lankan Hindus and Buddhists. Hinduism and Buddhism has a common heritage and unity between these two...

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Government Says Tibetan Leader is Alive and Well But Refuses to Release His Location

May 28, 2004

Source: Beliefnet.com

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/146/story_14670_1.html

On May 28, 2004 Beliefnet.com posted an United Press International article that reported, "China says the Tibetan boy internationally viewed as the second highest leader of Tibetan Buddhism is alive and well, the Times of London reported Friday. However, China refuses to disclose the location of Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, now 16. He was abducted from his home by Chinese agents after the...

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Prince Charles Meets with Dalai Lama

May 27, 2004

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uklatest/story/0,1271,-4138012,00.html

On May 27, 2004 The Guardian reported, "The Prince of Wales was meeting the Dalai Lama at a St James's Palace reception. Charles has invited the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader to join him at the royal residence in London with members of the Tibetan community who live in Britain. The Prince is known to be an admirer of the Dalai Lama and has met him twice before. A...

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Communist Leaders' Visit to Hong Kong Attempts to "Neutralize" Religious Leaders' Opposition

May 26, 2004

Source: Beliefnet.com

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/146/story_14657_1.html

On May 26, 2004 Beliefnet.com posted an United Press International article that reported, "Senior Communist Party leader Madame Liu Yandong conducted herself with dignity and propriety at she officiated at a ceremony in honor of the Buddha's birthday in Hong Kong on Wednesday. Dressed in a modest but stylish black skirt and jacket, and taking her cues from the monks alongside her, she...

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In Citizenship Class, Students Study the Eightfold Path

May 23, 2004

Source: StarBulletin

http://starbulletin.com/2004/05/23/news/index3.html

On May 23, 2004 StarBulletin reported on citizenship class at Kealakehe High School in Hawaii, where students "grapple with ethical issues, current events and how to make democracy work. Every teacher at the school mentors a citizenship "ohana" of 25 students for four straight years, giving a rare personal dimension to this high school...The curriculum is broad, embracing ethical codes from the...

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