Buddhism

Buddhists Petition Against Pledge Clause "Under God"

February 11, 2004

Source: Tricycle

http://www.tricycle.com/p_articles_id_178.html

On February 11, 2004 Tricycle reported that "the law firm Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft LLP of New York will be filing an Amicus Brief on behalf of Buddhist temples and organizations who wish to assert that the words 'under God' in the pledge are an affront to their non-theistic beliefs and those of many Buddhist Americans." The article contains a letter from Cadwalader inviting American Buddhist...

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New Jersey Suburb Sees Influx of Religious Centers

February 9, 2004

Source: The Courier News

http://www.c-n.com/news/c-n/story/0,2111,903589,00.html

On February 9, 2004 The Courier News reported on the influx of religious centers being built in Franklin, a suburb of New Jersey. Muslim, Presbyterian, Jain and Hindu congregations all have plans to build in the area, and existing Jewish, Hindu, and Christian centers are expanding... The township has a tradition of religious diversity, said James Hughes, dean of the Edward J. Bloustein...

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Teacherless Sanghas and American Buddhism

February 8, 2004

Source: Tricycle

http://www.tricycle.com/new.php?p=article&id=162

On February 8, 2004 Tricycle published an article on the increasing number of sanghas operating without resident teachers. According to Tricycle, for those without teachers, "receiving guidance isn’t as simple as consulting a teacher in the next room during a sitting period... it sometimes involves making long trips to Zen centers, or meeting with teachers during retreats. These options are not...

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Diversity in Mississippi

February 6, 2004

Source: The Sun Herald

http://www.sunherald.com/mld/sunherald/7887577.htm

On February 6, 2004 The Sun Herald reported. "Religion in South Mississippi is more diverse than many who live in this strongly Christian region realize. Perhaps no one knows that better than Cindy Brown, an associate professor at the University of Southern Mississippi who spent three years documenting the religious diversity with photographs. Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, Hare Krishnas and Jews...

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Controversy Surrounds UNICEF Calendar With No Hindu or Sikh Holidays

February 5, 2004

Source: Hindustan Times

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_561918,00050003.htm

On February 5, 2004 the Hindustan Times reported, "A major controversy erupted after UNICEF's UK branch printed a diary ignoring Hindu and Sikh religious festivals while listing religious festivals from Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Buddhism. The diary which contains 25 days associated with Christianity, three days linked to Islam, two days for Judaism and one day for Buddhism...

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America's New Melting Pot

February 2, 2004

Source: The Newhouse News Service

http://www.newhousenews.com/archive/tilove020504.html

On February 2, 2004 The Newhouse News Service reported, "The Melting Pot comprises the nation's largest metropolitan areas, where most immigrants come in search of their American dream and from which many existing residents depart to chase their dreams in the presumably greener pastures of the New Sun Belt. The Melting Pot is becoming less white and more diverse at a pace without...

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Financial Planner and Zen Master

February 2, 2004

Source: The Daily News TRibune

http://www.dailynewstribune.com/news/local_regional/walt_zenmaster020220

On February 2, 2004 The Daily News Tribune published a profile on Jane Dobisz, a financial planner in Wellesley who is also a Zen master. "In 1983, she started learning from Zen Master Seung Sahn. She became the guiding teacher at the Cambridge Zen Center in Cambridge, one of the largest residential Zen communities in the nation. She has taught...

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Kanchi Seer Questions Dalai Lama's Offers of Mediation in Ayodhya Talks

February 2, 2004

Source: The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/469147.cms

On February 2, 2004 The Times of India reported, "Kanchi Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati on Sunday questioned the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama’s propriety in initiating a dialogue on the Ayodhya issue. 'The Dalai Lama does not believe in Lord Rama. Nor does he belong to this land. How can he promote a dialogue between the two groups,' he asked. 'Talks are in...

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Buddhist Community Celebrates New Year in New Jersey

February 1, 2004

Source: Asbury Press

http://www.app.com/app/story/0,21625,898742,00.html

On February 1, 2004 the Asbury Press reported that "leaders of the New Jersey Buddhist Cultural Center shared the message of the Chinese New Year during a celebration yesterday at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters. Members of the center sang and played traditional Chinese instruments and games to help create a bond between different communities, said Julie 'Hing Ling' Lee, president of the...

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Neighbors Alert Buddhist Monks of Fire in Houston

January 29, 2004

Source: The Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/metropolitan/2376960

On January 29, 2004 The Houston Chronicle reported, "Quick-thinking neighbors early today helped prevent a fire from spreading at Buddhist temple off the Gulf Freeway. Workers at a nearby building notified members of the Guandi Temple at 2089 Milby of smoke coming from the main temple room at about 6 a.m. Houston Fire Department spokesman Jay Evans said the monks...

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Buddhist Monk Thich Nhat Hanh in California

January 29, 2004

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/features/20040129-9999_1c29thich.html

On January 29, 2004 The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that "Thich Nhat Hanh, one of the world's most popular Buddhist teachers, is spending the winter at Deer Park Monastery in North County...Thich Nhat Hanh was exiled from his native Vietnam decades ago for his anti-war efforts and now spends much of his time at his main monastery, called...

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Buddhist Government Outlaws All Other Religions and Missionaries

January 28, 2004

Source: Zenit

http ://w ww.zenit.org/english/visualizza.phtml?sid=48120

On January 28, 2004 Zenit reported, "In the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, Christians are forbidden to celebrate or pray in public and priests are denied visas to enter, says a bishop in neighboring India. Bishop Stephen Lepcha, whose Diocese of Darjeeling includes the kingdom, explained that Buddhism is the official religion of Bhutan, and every other form of religion and mission is prohibited. Until a few years ago, Christians who had emigrated there...

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Arsonists Destroy Catholic Church in Firebombing

January 27, 2004

Source: The Star

http://thestaronline.com/news/story.asp?file=/2004/1/27/latest/15704Cath

On January 27, 2004 The Star ran an Associated Press article that reported, "Arsonists firebombed a Roman Catholic church near the Sri Lankan capital in the third attack on a Christian place of worship in this predominantly Buddhist country in two weeks, officials said Tuesday. Nearly 20 unidentified men attacked the church late Monday in the village of...

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Religious Leaders Condemn Killing of Buddhist Monks

January 26, 2004

Source: Bangkok Post

http://www.bangkokpost.com/News/26Jan2004_news09.html

On January 26, 2004 the Bangkok Post reported, "Religious organisations in the South have issued a joint statement condemning the cold-blooded killings of a Buddhist monk and a novice in the province, which threatened to trigger secular violence. The statement issued by the Buddhist, Islamic, Christian and Sikh organisations outlined a demand for the authorities to find the killers and mete out...

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