Interfaith Religious Supplies

February 20, 2003

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On February 20, 2003 The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "as Atlanta's interfaith movement builds, stores that specialize in religious supplies become attractions not just to those of a particular faith, but also to shoppers --- and the curious --- of other backgrounds. Classes at the Tibetan Buddhist center in north DeKalb County attract significant numbers of non-Buddhists, and visitors show up regularly for services at a Hindu temple, members of each say... 'When non-Jewish people come into our...

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Everything "Zen"

February 19, 2003

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On February 19, 2003 the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette printed an editorial by Caroline Abels that stated, "the Buddha probably wouldn't drive an Infiniti Q45. And he probably wouldn't stay in the snazzy W Times Square hotel in New York, which boasts a sleek style the Buddha might dig but charges up to $459 a night. I also wonder whether he'd hang out with Jim Carrey. Or play the bass like Ray Brown. And would he consider cat litter an embodiment of the religion he inspired? I wonder about these things (smiling as widely as...

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First Buddhist High School in U.S. to Open in Hawaii

February 18, 2003

Source: The Star Bulletin


On February 18, 2003 The Star Bulletin reported that "the nation's first Buddhist high school... will open in Honolulu this August with a focus on peace education, says Pieper Toyama, head of the school... Pacific Buddhist Academy, a college preparatory school, is enrolling its first class of ninth-graders, who will be housed on the campus of Hongwanji Mission School in Nuuanu... The high...

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National Religious Broadcasters Chairman Defames Islam

February 10, 2003

Source: Oklahoma's News Channel 8


On February 10, 2003 Oklahoma's News Channel 8 reported that at the "National Religious Broadcasters convention in Nashville, Tennessee, chairman Glenn Plummer declared that the Bible says the only way people can reach God is through Jesus, 'not Muhammad' and 'not Allah'... Plummer added that people can't get to God through Buddha, the Dalai Lama or Sun Myung Moon either... [He also] called...

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The Kaunakakai Temple in Hawaii

February 1, 2003

Source: The Honolulu Advertiser


On February 1, 2003 The Honolulu Advertiser reported on the "the Kaunakakai temple, [which] is the only Buddhist temple on that island, said the Rev. Shugen Komagata, senior minister for the Nu'uanu betsuin... Built in 1952 and dedicated in 1953, it is styled like a Hindu temple, with small towers on both wings and a 70-foot tower in the center...

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Tom Coburn Named as President of Naropa University

January 30, 2003

Source: Rocky Mountain News

On January 30, 2003 the Rocky Mountain News reported that "Tom Coburn, a widely respected scholar in comparative religions, was named president of Naropa University [in Colorado] on Wednesday... The appointment was seen as a coup that could raise the profile in academia of the 25-year-old Buddhist institution that emphasizes spiritual growth... The Harvard- and Princeton-educated Coburn, 58, teaches and holds administrative positions at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. He has lived in India and the Middle East and is...

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"Sacred Space" Art Exhibit in Wichita, Kansas

January 30, 2003

Source: The Wichita Eagle


On January 30, 2003 The Wichita Eagle reported that "an award-winning art exhibit that helped spread religious understanding in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks languishes in a 4-by-8-foot storage locker, waiting for a home. The exhibit will move wherever it's welcome, said Diane Thomas Lincoln, the Wichita State University art professor who directed its...

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Boston Interfaith Service for Peace Concurrent with State of Union Address

January 28, 2003

Source: The Boston Globe

On January 28, 2003 The Boston Globe reported that "at the Capitol in Washington, amid all the pomp and circumstance that Congress can muster, President Bush is expected to lay out his case tonight for a possible war... At the same time, at Boston's storied Trinity Church, leaders of many of the state's religious traditions will be gathering in their full liturgical finery to make their own case, for peace... Bishop M. Thomas Shaw, leader of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, [organized] tonight's religious event, at which...

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Religious Diversity in Irvine, CA

January 26, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

On January 26, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that "Irvine... has emerged as one of the nation's most religiously diverse suburbs... Here, there's a Buddhist temple that can house 42 monks, a Korean church that boasts 4,000 members and a $50-million K-12 Jewish day school. There's a $ 4-million Islamic elementary school, the county's largest Greek Orthodox Church and a university run by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod... Ahead is a $37-million Jewish community center and a Mormon temple, which sits just outside Irvine'...

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University Buddhist Association at UCLA

January 22, 2003

Source: Daily Bruin


On January 22, 2003 the Daily Bruin reported that "as a relatively new follower of Buddhism, [Amie] McCampbell, a second-year undeclared student, is a typical member of the University Buddhist Association, a relatively new student organization started last fall after a three-year absence of Buddhist groups at UCLA... Yet Rosa Langley, the club's social chair and meditation coordinator,...

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Celebrations in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 2003

January 20, 2003

Source: WKYC-TV


On January 20, 2003 WKYC-TV reported that "Ohioans observed Martin Luther King Day with marches in sub-freezing weather and programs honoring the slain civil rights leader... In Dayton, thousands of people met at different points of the city and marched to downtown... Soka Gakkai International, a lay Buddhist group, brought about 20 whites and Asian-Americans, the third year they've marched... More than...

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The Buddha Summit Monastery in Indiana

January 18, 2003

Source: The Courier-Journal


On January 18, 2003 The Courier-Journal reported that "the recent lunch -- inside an industrial-style building on a remote wooded hillside in western Harrison County, Ind. -- might have struck an outsider as unusual. Nearby Corydon is home to a predominantly white Christian community where pioneers built Indiana's first state Capitol two centuries ago...

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