Buddhism

Dalai Lama Plans Visit to Boston

May 18, 2003

Source: The Boston Globe

On May 18, 2003 The Boston Globe reported that "the Dalai Lama is planning a four-day visit to Greater Boston in September... the Dalai Lama is planning to bless a new temple in Medford that has become a religious center for Boston's small community of Tibetans, and will participate in a two-day conference at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology with scientists who have been attempting to quantify the effects of meditation by monitoring Buddhists' brains. The Dalai Lama also plans to meet with students and faculty at Harvard...

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Rajdhani Mandir Temple to Include Lord Buddha

May 18, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

On May 18, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "the dozen or so deities at the Rajdhani Mandir, a Hindu temple in Chantilly, draw hundreds of devotees each week who stand or kneel before the various incarnations of God to seek blessings. But this weekend, Hindus found themselves praying alongside newcomers of a different faith... In a three-day ceremony where smoky tendrils of incense swirled and wafted as monks chanted, the temple inaugurated Lord Buddha into the ranks of its deities. In doing so, the Hindu temple became the...

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Change Your Mind Day in St. Louis, Missouri

May 15, 2003

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On May 15, 2003 the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that "the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge will be the center of transformation and meditation during the upcoming 'St. Louis Change Your Mind Day...' Being Buddhist is not required to transform your thinking and learn how to live a happier life, says Dr. Kongsak Tanphaichitr, chairman of the Buddhist Council of Greater St. Louis and a participant of the event. 'Anybody is free to join in,' says Tanphaichitr, an internist and specialist in rheumatology and allergies. 'It's a more...

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H. Res 234 Condemning Bigotry against Arab, Muslim, South Asian, and Sikh Americans

May 15, 2003

Source: House.gov

http ://w ww.house.gov/apps/list/press/oh09_kaptur/bigotry.html

On May 15, 2003 House.gov reported that "Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur today joined Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) to introduce legislation in the House of Representatives condemning violence and bigotry against Arab Americans, Muslim Americans, South Asian Americans and Sikh Americans. Kaptur’s bill also calls upon law enforcement authorities to aid on the prevention and prosecution of hate crimes wherever they occur... 'The district I...

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Florida Zoning Board Approves Buddhist Temple over Developers

May 11, 2003

Source: St. Petersburg Times

http://www.sptimes.com/2003/05/11/Neighborhoodtimes/Buddhist_throngs_plea.shtml

On May 11, 2003 St. Petersburg Times reported that "today the Chua Phat Phap temple... [FL] will bustle with worshipers gathered to celebrate their faith's most important holiday - the birth, enlightenment and demise of Buddha... William Anderson and his wife... hope to develop lots they own nearby. Property in the area is rising in...

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Buddhist Tradition of Releasing Animals Concern Naturalists.

May 11, 2003

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/news/printedition/ny-thureachq3278122may11,0,5992717.story

On May 11, 2003 Newsday reported that a "phenomenon that has begun to concern naturalists is a Buddhist tradition of releasing animals (often turtles) which might otherwise end up sold for food or in captivity. Releasing or freeing the animal is done out of compassion, said Gen Kelsang Sangkyong, a Buddhist monk and teacher at the temple New...

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Mountain Spirit Center: a Korean Zen Buddhist temple

May 11, 2003

Source: KoreAm Journal

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=1e52d3c5e65d9500a8228c9275c4564c

On May 11, 2003 the KoreAm Journal reported that "in the outskirts of Tehachapi, [first-generation Korean Americans] find a refuge in the Mountain Spirit Center, a Korean Zen Buddhist temple, which officially opened March 2. For the past nine years, resident monk Mu Ryang Sunim (sunim means monk in Korean) has been...

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Buddhism's Growing Popularity

May 10, 2003

Source: The Charlotte Observer

http://www.charlotte.com/mld/observer/living/religion/5829292.htm

On May 10, 2003 The Charlotte Observer reported that "Buddhism.. has attracted attention through the testimony of rock and soul diva Tina Turner. Turner's endorsement appears to be having its biggest impact in the African American community... For example, it was Turner who influenced Cheryl McIntosh to turn to Buddhism. A few years ago, McIntosh, a black...

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Editorial: Religious Pluralism in America

May 10, 2003

Source: Honolulu Advertiser

http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2003/May/10/il/il42a.html

On May 10, 2003 the Honolulu Advertiser printed an editorial by Robert Ganung stating that "it is almost impossible for me to write about spiritual matters without referring to my spiritual master, Thich Nhat Hanh. Although I am from another religious tradition (United Methodist minister), this gentle Zen monk from Vietnam has influenced my spiritual journey...

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