Buddhism

Laotian Buddhist Temple Burns in TX

February 23, 2004

Source: ABC News 13

http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/news/022304_local_templefire.html

On February 23, 2004 ABC News 13 reported, "Some 600 members of a Laotian Buddhist Temple in northeast Harris County will have to improvise for New Year's celebrations after their temple burned down. Fire investigators are still looking for what caused the fire, but they say they know it was not set intentionally and it wasn't an electrical fire. Only a few monks and members...

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In Minnesota, Farmers Question Buddhist Temple Plan

February 22, 2004

Source: Minnesota Public Radio

http://news.mpr.org/features/2004/02/23_steilm_templefight/

On February 22, 2004 Minnesota Public Radio reported, "Laotians have lived in southwest Minnesota since the 1970's. Most fled their native land after the communist takeover. Bounlome Soumetho is one. The Worthington resident is busy working and raising a family. He's also president of the local Buddhist organization. The group bought a farmhouse near town last year....

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Profile of a Buddhist Church in CA

February 21, 2004

Source: The Tri-Valley Herald

http://www.trivalleyherald.com/Stories/0,1413,86~10671~1970477,00.html

On February 21, 2004 The Tri-Valley Herald published a profile on the Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church in Union City. Here, "congregants gather every Sunday to practice a unique variety of Buddhism known as Jodo Shinshu Shu. The denomination was named after Shinran Shonin, a 12th-century Buddha from Kyoto, Japan. While most of the congregation...

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"Cowboy Infidel" Confronts Religious Pluralism

February 21, 2004

Source: The Toledo Blade

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040221/NEWS10/102210138/-1/NEWS

On February 21, 2004 The Toledo Blade reported, "Bernie Keating grew up in the badlands of South Dakota, riding horses and running away from organized religion. He was, he says, 'a cowboy infidel' raised by 'a lukewarm Catholic father and a fallen-away Methodist mother.' His work as an engineering executive for Owens-...

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San Francisco Finds a Final Resting Place for the Dead

February 20, 2004

Source: The ContraCosta Times

http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/7993659.htm

On February 20, 2004 The ContraCosta Times reported, "The city has finally found a resting place for the remains of nearly 100 Gold Rush-era San Franciscans unearthed three years ago during construction of the Asian Art Museum. Cypress Lawn Memorial Park in Colma, a small city with 17 cemeteries just south of San Francisco, has offered to take the remains of 97 men, women and...

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Arson at California Buddhist Temple May Have Been a Hate Crime

February 20, 2004

Source: The Mercury News

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/7998091.htm

On February 20, 2004 The Mercury News reported, "San Jose fire officials are looking into whether Wednesday's fire at a Buddhist temple -- already deemed arson -- was also a hate crime.

Investigators brought in specially trained dogs to examine the scene at Pao-Hua Buddhist Temple on McKee Road, and found evidence that a flammable liquid was used to set...

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Political Party of Buddhist Monks Hopes to Gain Control of Country

February 18, 2004

Source: The Hindu

http://www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/holnus/00318191560.htm

On February 18, 2004 The Hindu reported, "Sri Lanka's Buddhist monks, who won a place in history by entering an all-clergy list of candidates of a political party, today said they hoped to become the country's new king-makers by displacing Tamils. 'With the kind of numbers of Buddhists in the country, we should at least in theory have the possibility of becoming the main decisive power,'...

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Buddhists Demand Control of Temple at Birthplace of Buddhism

February 18, 2004

Source: KeralaNext.com

http://www.keralanext.com/news/index.asp?id=26983

On February 18, 2004 KeralaNext.com ran an Indo-Asian News Service article that reported, "Patna, Buddhist monks have reiterated their demand that the management of the Mahabodhi Temple, at Buddhism's birthplace in the Bihar town of Bodh Gaya, be handed over to them. 'The government should first hand over the management to us,' said a senior monk, Priya Pal. This time, the claim has come when...

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Buddhist Monks' Visit to Catholic Church Met by Protests

February 11, 2004

Source: The Grand Rapids Press

http://www.phayul.com/news/article.aspx?id=6067

On February 11, 2004 The Grand Rapids Press reported, "Those who came to hear harmonious chants and prayers of Buddhist monks at the Basilica of St. Adalbert instead found themselves ousted from the sanctuary by a conservative Catholic splinter group bent on disrupting the performance. The Catholic parish on Grand Rapids' West Side allowed seven Tibetan Buddhist monks into the church Tuesday...

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City Council Clears Early Buddhist Prayers

February 11, 2004

Source: The Mercury News

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/7926497.htm

On February 11, 2004 The Mercury News reported that "inner peace won out over silent slumber in Mountain View on Tuesday night, as the city council gave Zen Buddhists the right to open a proposed meditation center at 5:30 a.m. -- a little too early for neighbors who fret their sleep will be disturbed by revving car engines and slamming doors. About 30 members of the Kannon Do...

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