Buddhism

Prime Minister Urges Citizens to End Religious Divisions

January 11, 2004

Source: The News International

http://jang.com.pk/thenews/jan2004-daily/11-01-2004/world/w3.htm

On January 11, 2004 The News International reported, "In a bid to choke off support for Islamic insurgents, Thailand’s prime minister on Saturday vowed to bring economic prosperity to the nation’s impoverished south and called on the nation’s Muslim minority to unite with the Buddhist majority. Speaking in his weekly radio address, Prime...

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Blair Accused of Snubbing Dalai Lama

January 10, 2004

Source: The Independent

http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=479780

On January 10, 2004 The Independent reported, "Tony Blair was accused last night of snubbing the Dalai Lama by refusing to meet the exiled Tibetan Buddhist leader when he visits Britain in May. The Tibet Society said the Prime Minister's refusal - because of 'other diary commitments' - undermined British ministers' call to the Chinese government to negotiate with the...

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Muslims Flee Persecution, Mass Arrests

January 10, 2004

Source: IslamOnline.net

http://www.islam-online.net/English/News/2004-01/10/article03.shtml

On January 10, 2004 IslamOnline.net reported, "Terrorized by the latest spree of mass arrests and a crackdown on Islamic schools by the Thai authorities, scores of Muslims, including scholars and leaders, are either hiding or fleeing south Thailand. 'The Thai government is using the recent attacks on soldiers as a reason to order mass arrests and impose fear on...

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Vietnamese Immigrant Buddhist Monk Now Teaching in Baton Rouge

January 10, 2004

Source: The Advocate

http://www.2theadvocate.com/stories/011004/rel_10rel001.shtml

On January 10, 2004 The Advocate ran a feature article on Vietnamese monk Thich dao Quang, Baton Rouge's only Buddhist monk: "The journey that brought Quang to Baton Rouge goes back to when he was 8 years old..Growing up under Communism, Quang said he saw inequality and discrimination throughout Vietnamese society...Seeking to understand why there were inequities in the world...

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Buddhist Temple in CA

January 5, 2004

Source: North County Times

http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2004/01/06/news/community/1_5_0421_40_58.txt

On January 5, 2004 the North County Times published an article on the Wat Buddhamonthol Buddhist temple, "one of a number of temples that have sprung up to serve the growing Thai population in Southern California ---- including sites in Moreno Valley, San Bernardino, Escondido and Valley Center. Today, the small wat in Wildomar serves a...

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Ohio Locals Embrace Diversity and Mysticism

January 4, 2004

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer

http ://w ww.cleveland.com/religion/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/living/107296383830590.xml

On January 4, 2004 The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported, "All over Northeast Ohio, in secular institutions and in Episcopal, United Methodist, Congregational, Baptist and Catholic settings, spiritual seekers are rediscovering the path of the labyrinth as a source of reflection... Northeast Ohioans seeking ways to stay spiritually centered in 2004 have plenty of options. Silent retreats, meditation...

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Religious Altars in American Homes

January 4, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A52812-2004Jan3.html

On January 4, 2004 The Washington Post reported, "A tradition in ancient cultures, the home altar has flourished in recent years among Americans who find that it powerfully expresses their intensely personal spirituality, religion scholars said. Some home shrines are designed and maintained in accordance with formal religious guidelines. But many others are...

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Dalai Lama Encourages India To Maintain Traditions of Nonviolence in Reactions to Pluralism

January 3, 2004

Source: Hindustan Times

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_517784,0008.htm

On January 3, 2004 the Hindustan Times reported, "Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Saturday said people of India should maintain the country's glorious tradition of 'ahimsa' [nonviolence] for all-round development...The Dalai Lama said 'pluralism in religion is a reality and we must accept it. Some politicians may follow a different view but that is because of their ignorance'......

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For Many, New Year's is not a Secular Holiday

January 3, 2004

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-me-beliefs3jan03,1,2771185.story?coll=la-news-religion

On January 3, 2004 the Los Angeles Times reported that members of the Konko Church of Los Angeles celebrated the new year with a purifying ceremony using elements of an ancient Japanese ritual "aimed at clearing out the negative energies of the past... Although New Year's Day has become a secular...

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Rhode Island Courthouse Sees Religion... Again

January 2, 2004

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/0104/02barrow.html

On January 2, 2004 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported, "Another religious display has been set up in the Barrow County Courthouse. The latest display includes alternate versions of the Ten Commandments, Hindu stories, Buddhist teachings, excerpts from the Quran and writings defining agnosticism. It has been placed across a breezeway from a Ten Commandments...

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