Buddhism

Thich Pho Hoa to Host Vu Lan Banquet and Dharma

August 29, 2002

Source: The Press Enterprise

On August 29, 2002 The Press Enterprise reported on Thich Pho Hoa, a Vietnamese monk who spent 13 years in "re-education camps" in Vietnam after the Vietnam war. On Sunday, he "will teach Buddha's virtues to youths from the Inland region and across California. He will hand out roses at a Sunday festival to honor parents. The ceremony is part of Vu Lan, a four-week season of veneration to parents and ancestors. He will host a banquet Saturday that's expected to attract at least 500 people -- a record figure for his fledgling...

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Hospital Managers Encounter Diverse Religious Traditions and Beliefs

August 28, 2002

Source: Hospital Topics

In the Winter, 2002 issue, Hospital Topics reported that "to be effective, [hospital] managers must have a basic understanding of the implications of cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity, as the number of Americans whose culture, ethnicity, and religion differ from those of the American mainstream increases... This means that the expectations and needs of diverse staff and, as important, the various patients treated in [hospitals] must be understood and met to the greatest extent possible... [The article] provides a basic...

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Interfaith Peace March Visits Diverse Religious Centers in New York State

August 26, 2002

Source: The Times Union

http://www.dharmawalk.org

On August 26, 2002 The Times Union reported that "20 peace marchers began a journey from Schenectady County [New York] to New York City on Sunday...    They plan to reach New York Sept. 11 in time for a candlelight vigil seeking a nonviolent resolution to global conflicts...    Representing various religions and nationalities, marchers started near the site of the former Mohawk Mall in Niskayuna and made their way to the Islamic Community...

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Albuquerque Learns More about its Immigrant Communities

August 24, 2002

Source: Albuquerque Tribune

On August 24, 2002 the Albuquerque Tribune reported that "three local organizations have teamed up to survey how people born abroad hold on to their culture... language, art and religion [in Albuquerque, New Mexico]... the survey... is aimed at identifying and documenting about 45 ethnic groups with populations of 750 or more... Funding slightly more than $60,000 comes from the city's Urban Enhancement Trust Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, New Mexico Arts and the Arts Alliance...   Interviews are designed to find...

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Interfaith Group Focuses on Faith in the Workplace

August 16, 2002

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On August 16, 2002 The Columbus Dispatch reported that "for millennia, religions have addressed workplace ethics and business conduct. In recent months, however, such issues have been given heightened attention because of corporate scandals, widespread layoffs and the vast influence of corporations... Lama Kathy Wesley of the Karma Thegsum Choling Buddhist Meditation Center on the West Side, said people in her temple often come to her with questions about work relationships and duties. They sometimes express anxiety about...

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Japanese Buddhist Bon Dances in Hawai'i

August 10, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On August 10, 2002 The New York Times featured an article on Buddhism in Hawai'i and the state's famous Bon dances. "Bon dances are Buddhist religious events in which participants dance to rejoice in the annual return visit of departed loved ones... Bon dances arrived here with Japanese sugar workers in the 19th century. But in recent decades, the celebrations have crossed ethnic and religious lines to become an elaborate church fair... All summer long, families of Philippine, Caucasian, Hawaiian, Chinese and multiethnic...

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New Book Celebrates Hindu Temples of North America

August 9, 2002

Source: India Abroad

On August 9, 2002 India Abroad featured an article on a new book by Mahalingum Kolapen documenting Hindu temples across the United States. The book, co-published by the Hindu University of America and the Hindu Temple Council of North America, "contains 320 full color pages of photographs and line drawings of 28 temples in the U.S. and two in Canada, and includes not only temples from the Hindu tradition, but also representative samples of Jain, Sikh and Buddhist temples.... 'In publishing this book, we are celebrating the need for...

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Buddhist Temple Expansion Plans Divide Chicago Area Lao Community

August 8, 2002

Source: Chicago Daily Herald

On August 8, 2002 the Chicago Daily Herald reported that a "conflict within Elgin [Illinois'] sizeable Lao Buddhist community over the move and expansion of their temple is now... [moving] into court... Saysana 'Na' Songvilay, temple member and former three-term president of the Lao Association of Illinois, and two others successfully obtained a court order temporarily stopping Patrick Wu, the temple's president, from spending any large amounts of money on new temple-related projects...  Songvilay claims Wu bypassed the...

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Buddhist Monks Give Blessings For Cambodian Festival

August 8, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On August 8, 2002 The Boston Globe reported that monks and organizers from the Cambodian Buddhist Temple in Lowell, Massachusetts participated in a ceremony for the Aug. 17 festival that expects "an estimated 50,000 [visitors]... The monks in their bright orange robes and sandals, some visiting from the Trairatanaram Temple in North Chelmsford, chanted for several minutes to bring good luck to the Southeast Asian Water Festival... According to the monks, the Lowell festival loosely mimics another successful water festival that is...

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Atlanta Area Religious Leaders Plan to Come Together for Service

August 4, 2002

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/news/0802/04teranniversary.html

On August 4, 2002 The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on America will be commemorated with tolling bells, common prayers and moments of silence... Sept. 11 is expected to be a time for public grieving and spiritual connection... Muslim...

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Buddhist Monks Create Mandala and Educate about Tibetan Cause in Washington State

August 4, 2002

Source: The Seattle Times

On August 4, 2002 The Seattle Times reported that 4 Tibetan monks in Redmond, Washington, created "a sand mandala, a religious and artistic expression symbolizing harmony between the environment and living beings... The piece illustrates core principles of Buddhism, said the group's translator...  The monks are touring cities in the United States and Canada to raise money for their Gaden Jangtse monastery in south India...  Part of the monks' mission is to educate people about Tibet's political situation. Many Tibetan Buddhists...

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Young Buddhists Attend Summer Camp in Texas

August 3, 2002

Source: The Dallas Morning News

On August 3, 2002 The Dallas Morning News reported on the summer camp for youth at the Vajradakini Buddhist Center in Irving, Texas. "During the week, the children studied an ancient Eastern religion through meditation, teachings, chanted prayers, art and drama... Most of the students have at least one Buddhist parent... The Vajradakini center holds meditation sessions daily but didn't offer a children's meditation camp until last summer... Leaders now plan to offer the camp annually. They would like to offer a similar but...

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California City Brings Together Leaders of Diverse Faiths to Dedicate National Motto

July 29, 2002

Source: The Bakersfield Californian

http://www.bakersfield.com/local/story/1505644p-1623213c.html

On July 29, 2002 The Bakersfield Californian reported that in Bakersfield, California "a ceremony in the council chambers will formally dedicate... 'In God We Trust'... the words that were mounted last week above the city seal behind the council dais... And representatives of the city's Islamic, Buddhist, Sikh, Hindu, Jewish, American Indian, Catholic and...

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Buddhist Temple Expansion Plans Divide Chicago Area Lao Community

July 29, 2002

Source: Chicago Daily Herald

On July 29, 2002 the Chicago Daily Herald reported that Chicago area Lao Buddhists are looking to move from their current temple to a new plot of 20 acres in Elgin, Illinois, where they could build a new temple. "Temple leaders are planning several buildings in the complex, which will include a monastery, school, sports facility and nursing home... On July 13, more than 1,500 Buddhists from the Elgin-area and beyond gathered on those 20 acres to mark Boon Bang Fair and Boun Phra Vet, two festivals that honor in part, the...

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