Buddhism

Tennessee Buddhists and Muslims Unite with Christian Groups to Fight State Lottery

June 1, 2002

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On June 1, 2002 The Houston Chronicle reported Muslims and Buddhists are joining Southern Baptists and other Christians in a campaign to persuade Tennessee voters to reject a state lottery... 'There's probably not any other issue, except maybe Sept. 11, that would pull all these groups together,' said the Rev. Skip Armistead, a United Methodist pastor in Madison and a chairman of the Gambling Free Tennessee Alliance... The anti-lottery forces are led by the Southern Baptists and United Methodists, representing some 4,300...

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Houston Buddhist Temple Celebrates Vesak

May 25, 2002

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On May 25, 2002 The Houston Chronicle reported on the Buddhist holiday of Vesak at a Vietnamese Buddhits Temple, in Houston, TX where "hundreds of men, women and children wait at Jade Buddha Temple for the few sacred moments that they will pour water onto a small statue of Buddha... Bathing the Buddha is a popular observance of Vesak, the birthday of Siddhartha Gautama, also known as the Buddha, or Enlightened One... The ritual is a birthday tribute to the founder of the worldwide religion that has more than 350 million...

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Celebrate Diversity Walk to Celebrate America

May 18, 2002

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On May 18, 2002, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported on the Pittsburgh, PA area's "second Celebrating Diversity Walk... Last year, some 400 people of all types from all over the region participated in the event, which promotes understanding and harmony between people of all races, religions, and national origins... This year's theme is, 'When you walk to celebrate diversity, you walk to celebrate America.'" Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Muslim, and Buddhist religious leaders will speak at the event which is organized...

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Vipassana Meditation Helps Prisoners, Businesspeople, Others

May 11, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On May 11, 2002, The Boston Globe featured an article on Eastover, a Berkshires, MA resort that attracts business leaders "from Merrill Lynch, Charles Schwab, Citigroup" and other companies, as well as other leading professionals to learn "an ancient form of meditation developed in India called Vipassana. It's not something you get at business school...For 10 days, meditators take a vow of silence.. They dine on a strictly vegetarian menu... They sit for hours, observing their own breathing and bodily sensations... 'It's the...

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Central Ohio Organization Offers a Model of Interfaith Relations

May 10, 2002

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On May 10, 2002, The Columbus Dispatch reported "Group Unites Eight Faiths for Mutual Enlightenment." It reported on the efforts of the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio: "Members of the 17-year-old association think that the community's religious tolerance, though a good start, isn't enough. 'We need to move beyond that to understanding and respect,' said Tarunjit Butalia, a spokesman for the association and representative of the Sikh community." The article noted that "The association also benefits from having been...

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New Opportunity for Immigrant Communities to Build Civic Leaders and Connections

April 22, 2002

Source: Mercury News

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/3114529.htm

On April 22, 2002, the Mercury News reported that "in an unprecedented partnership, Santa Clara County [CA] and San Jose City College are teaching immigrants how to maneuver through the political system and build strong community networks... In doing so, the county hopes to groom a new generation of...

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Tibetan Buddhist Teacher Leads Interfaith Discussion on Peace in Cleveland

April 20, 2002

Source: The Plain Dealer

On April 20, 2002, The Plain Dealer featured an article on Khenpo Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche, "a renowned scholar and a senior Tibetan Buddhist monk... [from] the Namdroling Monastery in southern India." Gyatso was in Cleveland, OH for a week of teaching sponsored by the Palyul Changchub Dargyeling Ohio, a center for Tibetan Buddhist studies in Chagrin Falls, of which he is the spiritual director. "About 35 local clergy joined... [Gyatso] Wednesday for a vegetarian kosher lunch at Epworth-Euclid United Methodist Church. Afterward...

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Families Attend Gathering at Buddhist Meditation Center

April 14, 2002

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

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On April 14, 2002, The San Francisco Chronicle featured an article on the "Family Practice Day, a monthly gathering at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Marin County," California. Families attending the event discussed the challenges of raising their children as Buddhists in America. "Some experts estimate that there are between 2 and 3 million Buddhists in the United States, but no one knows for sure. This is an eclectic mix of...

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Interfaith Dialogue Focuses on History

April 1, 2002

Source: The Daily Breeze

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On April 1, 2002, The Daily Breeze reported on an interfaith dialgoue in Torrance, CA. The meeting was part of the Annual Religions' Founders Day sponsored by the Worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Association. Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu and Sikh religious leaders gathered "to discuss the origins and teachings of their faiths."

A "Taste" of Religious Diversity

March 29, 2002

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On March 29, 2002, The San Francisco Chronicle featured a story about a Thai Temple's food and fundraising efforts. "Neighborhoods have food secrets that aren't really that secret to people who have lived there for a while. ... The buffet of Thai food set out every Sunday morning by members of the Wat Mongkolratanaram in Berkeley is one of those finds. From about 9 a.m. until the food runs out at 2 or 3 p.m., members of the Thai Buddhist temple offer an expansive lunch to the public. They have been cooking and serving...

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St. Louis Teacher Uses History to Teach about September 11

March 24, 2002

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On March 24, 2002 The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that at Marian Middle, a Catholic girls school in St. Louis, MO, a teacher "is using the book 'Farewell to Manzanar,' a first-person account of the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II," to help teach eighth grade students about September 11. "Since the attacks of Sept. 11, Muslims in the United States have been under intense scrutiny and have faced widespread harassment. Hundreds of cases of threats, beatings and firebombings have been reported,...

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