Buddhism

Wat Buddhikiram of Utah

October 24, 2002

Source: The Deseret News

On October 24, 2002 The Deseret News reported on "Wat Buddhikiram, the Cambodian Buddhist Temple of Utah. [It] looks like a garage, and the living room where three Buddhist monks are eating their second and final meal of the day is dimly lit and full of Cambodian Americans. The temple was on 2100 South until northern Utah's Cambodian Buddhist community, made up of about 100 families, scraped enough money together for a move to West Valley City in 1996. The newer temple, sans the dragon art and ornate stenciling, could just as...

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Waukesha School Board President Urges Study of Religions in High School

October 22, 2002

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

On October 22, 2002 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that "the Waukesha School Board [WI] president is pushing a requirement for all students to study different religions in high school. In a memo to School Board members, William Domina said he wanted every student in the district to graduate with a basic knowledge of religions including Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism. 'Without this basic understanding, I am concerned that we have not provided our children with a full and complete education and that...

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Religious Diversity in Queens, New York

October 21, 2002

Source: Newsday

On October 21, 2002 Newsday reported on the "thousands of newcomers who live or worship in this spectacularly polyglot stretch of Flushing, which boasts Hindu and Buddhist temples, mosques, synagogues, Sikh gurdwaras as well as historic Catholic and Protestant churches dating, in a few cases, to the 17th century. In many ways, Bowne Street is a microcosm of the changing spiritual landscape of New York, which is being reordered by the powerful engines of immigration and globalization. If not quite a new Mecca or a Jerusalem, the New...

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Abbot of Ohio Buddhist Temple May Be Heir to Cambodian Throne

October 20, 2002

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On October 20, 2002 The Columbus Dispatch reported on "Lim Buntheoun. Critics say that instead of fostering the harmony typical of temple life, this man of charisma and mystery has sown seeds of discord in the Cambodian community, alienating temple members by his actions and his refusal to quell speculation that he is heir to Cambodia's throne. Questions about his identity, his quest for more than $9 million to build a new temple in Madison County and his obsession with secrecy have sparked a debate among Cambodians from...

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The Bhajan Belt

October 18, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On October 18, 2002 The New York Times reported on "the Catskill Mountains... [which] some call... the bhajan belt, applying a word derived from Sanskrit for devotional song to an area that stretches from the holistic enterprises of New Paltz to a yoga ranch in Woodbourne. The term fits, for as much as the region is defined by dairy farms, summer campers and a John Deere ruggedness, it is also home (or second home) to the influential stars of the new New Age -- people who dine with the Dalai Lama or turn up on the cover of...

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Religious Diversity in Queens, New York

October 15, 2002

Source: The Village Voice

On October 15, 2002 The Village Voice reported that "Flushing is no longer 'the valley of ashes' that Fitzgerald described. The former cultural void brims with residents from over 30 countries. An afternoon's stroll will expose you to cultures of Asia, Europe, Africa, and South America. Heralded as the birthplace of religious freedom, Flushing teems with Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Jews, and Christians."

Civic and Religious Leaders Prepare for Donovan Jackson Beating Case

October 14, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

On October 14, 2002 Los Angeles Times reported that "the trial of the two police officers accused in the Donovan Jackson beating case won't start for weeks or even months. But in Inglewood, civic leaders are feverishly organizing for the day a verdict is reached... Worried that an unpopular outcome could prompt violence in a mostly minority city that has begun to lift itself out of a years-long economic slump, members of the Inglewood Peace...

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Larchmont, Virginia's Cultural Diversity

October 13, 2002

Source: The Virginian-Pilot

On October 13, 2002 The Virginian-Pilot reported that "Larchmont has the highest concentration of foreign-born residents of any neighborhood in Hampton Roads, according to new figures from the 2000 census... it is a hodgepodge of religions: Christian and Muslim and Jewish and Hindu and Buddhist."

Debate about Organ Donations

October 12, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

On October 12, 2002 the Los Angeles Times reported that "the questions of when death begins and when donated organs may be used have raised a thicket of moral issues... The Catholic Church and Islamic groups see such acts as charity. Among Jews, a debate rages. Rabbis from opposing camps continue to vociferously debate when death begins-- at the cessation of neurological functions, known as brain death, or when the heart and respiratory systems fail. The definition is key to organ donations, because doctors using heart-lung...

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Wat Carolina Buddhajakra Vanaram to Expand in North Carolina

October 10, 2002

Source: Morning Star

On October 10, 2002 Morning Star reported that "The spiritual skyline in Southeastern North Carolina will be broadened soon with the expansion of a Buddhist monastery. The grounds at 1610 Midway Road in Bolivia have been serving area Buddhists since 1987, mostly out of a small gray house.  Called Wat Carolina Buddhajakra Vanaram, the monastery started with a $17,000 donation to head monk Phra Kru from his sister in Oak Island shortly after his arrival in America in 1986. After years of more donations and an expanding congregation,...

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Tibetan Monks Spread Message of Compassion and Peace in Californian School

October 9, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

On October 9, 2002 the Los Angeles Times reported that "on their fifth annual tour for world peace and universal compassion, the monks from the Gaden Jangtse Tsawa Khangsten monastery in south-central India have visited dozens of schools, universities, churches, prisons and private homes across North America spreading a message of peace. The tour will end in New Hampshire in February... Students at Oak Grove School [CA]... spent [Tuesday] morning watching eight Tibetan monks perform folkloric dances, engage in spiritual...

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Thich Nhat Hanh Leads Peace Walk in Tennessee

October 7, 2002

Source: The Commercial Appeal

On October 7, 2002 The Commercial Appeal reported that "hundreds of people followed a Buddhist monk on a slow walk through Overton Park Saturday morning. 'Peace is something you can contemplate every day, and walking is one way,' said Thich Nhat Hanh, the Buddhist monk who led Peace Walk 2002."

Licensed Psychologist Leads Zen Meditation Group in Modesto

September 28, 2002

Source: Modesto Bee

On September 28, 2002 Modesto Bee reported on a "meditation group -- one of three now operating in Modesto -- recently started under the tutelage of [Grace] Schireson, a licensed psychologist who was ordained as a Zen priest in 1998. It emphasizes a structured format of sitting and walking meditation designed to guide members toward enlightenment. In the process -- with the help of Schireson -- they also confront issues and habits in their own personalities that could stand in the way of that. 'Zen traditionally is about revealing...

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