Buddhism

Buddhists Remember Monk Who Self-Immolated For Religious Freedom in Vietnam

January 1, 2004

Source: The Sun News

http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/mld/sunnews/news/local/7613594.htm

On January 1, 2004 The Sun News ran an Associated Press story that reported, "American, South Vietnamese and Buddhist flags fluttered as hundreds attended a funeral Wednesday for a monk who died last week after setting himself on fire. Thich Chan Hy's dramatic act brought renewed vigor to campaigns against persecution of Buddhists still living in Vietnam,...

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Charlotte Monk Sets Himself on Fire in Protest

December 30, 2003

Source: The Charlotte Observer

http://www.aberdeennews.com/mld/aberdeennews/news/nation/7567339.htm

On December 30, 2003 The Charlotte Observer reported, "A Vietnamese monk, who had written his final wishes on a paper scroll, doused himself with gasoline and then burned himself to death as he kneeled in front of a Buddhist statue at a temple in east Charlotte Wednesday. Followers said Thich Chan Hy, 74, committed an act of self-immolation, a form of...

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Locals Mix Traditions in Hawaii

December 30, 2003

Source: The Honolulu Advertiser

http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2003/Dec/25/ln/ln01a.html

On December 30, 2003 The Honolulu Advertiser reported that "many families in Hawai'i are mixing traditions this Christmas Day. Interfaith marriage is rising across the United States, and Americans nationwide are celebrating increasingly diverse holidays. Although exact data is hard to come by because the U.S. Census is forbidden to ask questions about...

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Hawaii's Residents Bless the New Year

December 27, 2003

Source: Honolulu Star-Bulletin

http://starbulletin.com/2003/12/27/features/story3.html

On December 27, 2003 Honolulu Star-Bulletin reported on the Hawaiian tradition of visiting a Buddhist temple or a Shinto shrine to celebrate the new year. The visit is a religious and cultural tradition for thousands of island residents seeking amulets for good fortune.This year, two Honolulu temples will offer special programs open to the interfaith community, including a...

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Americans Increasingly Mix and Match Religions

December 27, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-me-beliefs27dec27,1,4445205.story?coll=la-news-religion

On December 27, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported, "A recent Barna poll found that significant numbers of Americans embrace beliefs that are 'logically contradictory,' blending different faith views to create unorthodox religious viewpoints. 'Mix and match spirituality, I call it,' said...

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Hindus Celebrate Christmas

December 22, 2003

Source: The Argus

http://www.theargusonline.com/Stories/0,1413,83~1971~1847179,00.html

On December 22, 2003 The Argus reported on how Hindus in the Bay Area are celebrating Christmas day. A temple and spiritual center where many Tri-City Hindus worship -- the Badarikashrama in San Leandro -- sponsors a Christmas program each year on Dec. 25. Celebrations will include not Christmas music, but with a concert featuring vocalists trained by gurus, an...

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Akron Interfaith Group Promotes Tolerance

December 18, 2003

Source: Akron Leader

http://www.akron.com/20031218/FPAGE/spread.htm

On December 18, 2003 the Akron Leader reported on the Akron Area Interfaith Council (AAIC), an organization of leaders and lay people representing 20 houses of worship that promotes understanding and religious tolerance.Christians from Unitarian Universalist, Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Episcopalian and Baptist churches are represented, as are members of Islamic, Jewish and Buddhist houses...

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Minnesota Students to Enjoy Diverse Holiday Break

December 12, 2003

Source: The Minnesota Daily

http://www.daily.umn.edu/articles/2003/12/12/7872

On December 12, 2003 The Minnesota Daily reported on the diverse ways Minnesota students will spend the holiday season. While Christian students prepare for Christmas, Hindus, Jews, pagans and students of other religions will also take part in activities during the holidays. Hindu students will celebrate Sankranti, a festival that traditionally marks the end of southern Asia’s harvest. 40...

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10-Year-Old New Zealand Boy Recognized as Reincarnated Lama

December 11, 2003

Source: The Mercury

http://www.themercury.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5936,8124750%255E401,00.html

On December 11, 2003 The Mercury reported, "Venerable Pong Re Sung Rap Tulku Rinpoche is not your typical 10-year-old. The New Zealand-born 'Kiwi Buddha' was named by the Dalai Lama three years ago as the reincarnation of a revered Tibetan monk. From primary school in the small North Island town of Kaukapakapa - where his biggest concerns...

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More Americans Making Room for Prayer

December 11, 2003

Source: USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/life/2003-12-12-home-chapels_x.htm

On December 11, 2003 USA Today reported on the increasing number of American homes that include altars or private chapels for worship. "Carving out a spiritual space in the home, whether it be a separate room or a quiet corner, is increasingly common, says Peg Streep, author of Altars Made Easy and Spiritual Gardening. Why the change? Eastern culture, which 'doesn't distinguish between...

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No Current Plans to Change 1993 Religion Law Privileging Buddhism

December 11, 2003

Source: Forum 18 News Service

http://www.forum18.org/Archive.php?article_id=210

On December 11, 2003 Forum 18 News Service reported, "Mongolia's 13-member consultative Council for Religious Affairs believes the country's existing law on religion to be 'relatively fair,' that body's secretary and only full-time paid member, Samdan Tsedendamba, has told Forum 18 News Service. Consequently, there are no current plans to change the law, he remarked in the capital Ulaanbaatar...

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