Buddhism

Buddhist Teachings on Peace No Longer as Popular in New York

February 12, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On February 12, 2002, The New York Times reported that "barely six months ago, Buddhism -- Tibetan and Zen -- was on a phenomenal upsurge in the New York area, attracting eager students to rural monasteries and urban meditation centers. Then came the attacks on the United States and the American war in Afghanistan. Nonviolence is no longer in fashion, particularly in New York, where the scars go deep and wounds are still fresh months after the destruction of the World Trade Center... Messages of peace and compassion that once...

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California Buddhist Temple Faces New Parking Restrictions Over Major Holiday

February 11, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

On February 11, 2002, the Los Angeles Times reported that "leaders at one of the largest Buddhist temples in the Vietnamese community on Sunday criticized a decision by Garden Grove [CA] officials to restrict parking for a popular service on the eve of the Lunar New Year... 'They've blocked too many streets for such an important day,' said the Rev. Thich Phap Chau of the Vietnam Temple, which attracts about 1,000 worshipers... 'People only come here for mass and they leave,' Chau said. 'It's just like going to church on Christmas...

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Sept 11 Awakens America to its Own Religious Diversity

February 9, 2002

Source: Star Tribune

On February 9, 2002, the Star Tribune reported that "ever since Sept. 11 the United States has seen a resurgence of sensitivity to and expressions of civil religion - we value service, cooperation, equality of justice and opportunity, respect for diversity and national symbols and ideas... The Rev. Peg Chemberlin, executive director of the Minnesota Council of Churches, said, 'Part of what we're seeing is a firm commitment to the celebration of religious pluralism. In that it's a central value of a democracy'... Chemberlin said, '...

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Tibetan Buddhist Monks to Create Mandala in DC for Protection of US

February 3, 2002

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

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On February 3, 2002, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "for six hours a day for two weeks... 20 Tibetan Buddhist monks... [created] the largest sand painting ever constructed in the United States... They began creating Jan. 11, four months after terrorists struck the Pentagon, [until] the day of the painting's final consecration, just before it was destroyed, its millions of grains of crushed...

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Japanese American Minister Struggles to Balance Christianity and Asian Ancestry

February 2, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

On February 2, 2002, the Los Angeles Times reported on a common "concern in Asian and Asian American churches: In becoming a Christian, does a convert sever ties with his non-Christian loved ones." The article focuses on the story of Dickson Yagi, "born in a Buddhist family in Hawaii... He had been the first member of his Shingon Buddhist family to convert to Christianity... Yagi went on to become a Southern Baptist minister... The third-generation Okinawan American's personal experiences convinced him that the 'good news' of...

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New Zen Monastery to Open in Oregon

February 1, 2002

Source: The Oregonian

On February 1, 2002 The Oregonian featured an editorial on a meeting in Clatskanie, OR that was "sponsored by a Portland-based Zen Buddhist group, the Zen Community of Oregon, to explain its plans to remodel a former elementary school into a monastery and seminary. But many objected to adding the Zen sanctuary to the community's eight churches... 'Our goal is to protect those that have not yet accepted Christ,' said Loren Dummer, the Assembly of God pastor. He worried that that the Zen Buddhists, who are not evangelical, would try to...

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Peace Vigils Mirror Interfaith Service in Assisi

January 25, 2002

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On January 25, 2002, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that "as diverse a religious gathering as Pittsburgh ever sees came to what participants called 'our little piece of Assisi' last night to join their prayers for peace with those of Pope John Paul II and religious leaders from around the world... Catholic Bishop Donald Wuerl came first down the aisle of the chapel of the Sisters of St. Francis of Millvale, where 125 people had gathered. After him came veiled Muslim women, a Baptist minister, Jewish leaders, a Zen...

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Peace Vigils Mirror Interfaith Service in Assisi

January 23, 2002

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On January 23, 2002, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that "leaders of more than 20 faiths and denominations in the St. Louis region will gather tonight to reflect on the call to peace found in their respective scriptures... Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Taoist, Sikh and Ba'hai leaders will enter the sanctuary of the St. Louis Cathedral Basilica and individually read from their scripture about peace... Archbishop Justin Rigali, past chairman of the Cabinet of the Interfaith Partnership of Metropolitan St....

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Events Honor Martin Luther King

January 20, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

On January 20, 2002, the Los Angeles Times featured an article on "the 14th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Service, hosted by the San Fernando Valley Interfaith Council... Speakers representing the Bahai, Jewish, Islam, Buddhist and Christian faiths will speak about peace and nonviolence from the perspective of their religion, organizers said. An interfaith choir will perform."

Tibetan Lama Speaks at San Diego Bookstore

January 11, 2002

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On January 11, 2002, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that "about 40 people attended... [a lecture by] Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche, a teacher of a little-known Tibetan Buddhist sect,... the Wisdom Traditions Institute [in San Diego, CA]... Buddhism, he said, encourages people to reach for immeasurable love, compassion, wisdom, knowledge and finally, enlightenment." He also spoke about America's war on terrorism; "'Inside they are very angry,' Choga said of the terrorists. 'This anger development is being used by...

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Tibetan Buddhist Monks to Create Mandala in DC for Protection of US

January 4, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On January 4, 2002, The Washington Post reported that "on Jan. 11 to 27, twenty Tibetan Buddhist monks will create a seven-foot-square sacred mandala in sand at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery [at the Smithsonian] for the healing and protection of the United States. The installation will begin with an 11 a.m. opening ceremony on Jan. 11, to be followed by daily sand painting, chanting and meditation from 10:30 to 4:30. Talks on Tibetan Buddhism will be featured daily at noon. The geometric design will then be swept away and...

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Interfaith Walking Meditation for Peace in Seattle

December 31, 2001

Source: The Seattle Times

On December 31, 2001, The Seattle Times reported that "several hundred people are expected to gather at Seattle's Green Lake for an interfaith Walking Meditation for Peace. They will say goodbye to a year they say was filled with too much blood spilled, and they'll pray for peace among religions in 2002... This will be the third annual walk and the first one featuring prayers from seven faiths... This year, more local religious institutions are involved, representing Quakers, Catholics, Sikhs, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists,...

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Grants to Houses of Worship Damaged by Hate Crimes

December 24, 2001

Source: UPI

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On December 24, 2001, UPI reported on the "Fund to soothe wounds of hate." It noted that "A Sikh temple in Palermo, N.Y., and an Episcopal church in Hanna City, Ill., will receive cash gifts from a unique Boston fund this Christmas ... The Boston Piano Religious Trust gives $500 grants to houses of worship damaged or destroyed in hate crimes." Gobind Sadan USA, a Sikh center in New York, and St. John's...

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Japanese-Americans Celebrate New Year with Traditional Ritual

December 24, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On December 24, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported that "in anticipation of the new year, dozens of members of Senshin Buddhist Temple near USC [in Los Angeles, CA] and their friends gathered to participate in the annual ritual called mochitsuki, or mochi pounding. The ancient process begins with high gluten rice--in this case, a thousand pounds of it--which is cleaned, steamed, beaten into a smooth, sticky dough, and finally transformed into small, round cakes of chewy, delicate mochi." The ritual of making mochi takes place...

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