Buddhism

National Day of Prayer and Remembrance

September 15, 2001

Source: The Oregonian

On September 15, 2001, The Oregonian reported on local observance of the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance in the article, "Oregonians find comfort, strength in many faiths." The article noted, "In Oregon's largest gathering, about 3,000 people gathered at the Rose Quarter Commons for a multifaith service. Firefighters in uniform stood with Muslim women wearing hijab, Zen students, people waving large flags and throngs of metro-area residents to hear messages of healing."

Multifaith, Interfaith Responses to Terrorist Attacks (September)

September 13, 2001

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

On September 13, 2001, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on an interfaith service that gathered Milwaukee's diverse religious communities, "Drawn by a common quest for healing, justice and peace..." Speakers included "mainline Christians, Jews, Muslims, a Sikh, a Buddhist, a Baha'i, a Hindu and a Quaker." The article quoted religious leaders in their prayers of peace and unity, including Rev. Tonen O'Connor of the Milwaukee Zen Center. "'The Buddha perceived, not that we could be one, but that we are one. In our essence...

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Tibetan Buddhist Master Visits Dallas

September 1, 2001

Source: The Dallas Morning News

On September 1, 2001, The Dallas Morning News reported that "one of the most respected and most revered Buddhist leaders in the world" addressed a gathering at the Vietnamese Community Center in Garland, near Dallas, Texas. Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche "told the quiet audience that all humans need to 'cut off the root' of self-attachment and act as a loving parent to all other beings...He is the founder of the Palyul Namdroling Monastery in southern India...He visited Dallas for a week conducting workshops for Buddhists in the North...

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Western Tibetologist Amasses Huge Collection of Tibetan Buddhist Writings

August 20, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On August 20, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that "over four decades as an itinerant archivist with a passion for preservation, a Mormon convert to Buddhism named E. Gene Smith has amassed a rare collection of the endangered Tibetan Buddhist canon: some original writings of Buddha, early commentaries by Indian Buddhists, and the writings of Tibetan Buddhist sages over the last 12 centuries. 'This is the best library of Tibetan works in the country,'" according to the soon-to-be chair of Buddhist studies at Harvard University...

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Buddhist Shrine in Colorado Is Consecrated

August 20, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On August 20, 2001, The New York Times reported on the 10-day consecration of the a 108-foot-tall Great Stupa of Dharmakaya, a Buddhist commemorative shrine, in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado. The stupa "has been built exactly according to the Tibetan tradition," according to a Colorado professor of Buddhist studies. "The stupa contains the ashes of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, a Tibetan exile who brought Buddhist teachings to the West long before the Dalai Lama...In a broad sense, the stupa presents a striking example of how the sacred...

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Buddhist Lama Shares Wisdom in Florida

August 18, 2001

Source: St. Petersburg Times

on August 18, 2001, the St. Petersburg Times reported on His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist lama, or priest, who is planning a trip to Clearwater, Florida "to share wisdom he is said to have gained over many lifetimes...Followers believe he was known in the 13th century as the Siddha Gar Chodingpa...Further back, he is believed to have lived as an important Buddhist named Mahasiddha Aryadeva...When he comes to Clearwater, he will give a series of five talks about Buddhism at the Unitarian Universalist Church...

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Inter-Religious Panel at Harvard Explores Conversion

August 14, 2001

Source: International Society for Krishna Consciousness

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On August 14, 2001, The International Society for Krishna Consciousness reported that "the Boston Theological Institute's Dialog Program convened a panel on religious conversion at the Harvard Divinity School. Christopher Queen...of the Harvard Extension School...discussed his journey from Methodism to Buddhism...Premananda dasa spoke of his journey from Christianity to atheism to Vaishnavism...The organizers were so...

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Massacre at Buddhist Temple Remembered 10 Years Later

August 12, 2001

Source: The Arizona Republic

On August 12, 2001, The Arizona Republic reported that "the shocking slaughter of [nine people, including six Buddhist monks] in August 1991 by two Valley teenagers was the worst mass murder in Arizona since the Indian wars before statehood in 1912. But time, aided perhaps by the power of Buddhist philosophy, has done its healing work in the West Valley community of Wat Promkunaram...The monks say that they won't forget what happened 10 years ago, but that their Buddhist philosophy dissuades them from worldly emotions such...

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Chinese Ancestral Portraits on Display at the Sackler Museum

August 10, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On August 10, 2001, The New York Times reported the exhibit in the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery entitled "Worshiping the Ancestors: Chinese Commemorative Portraits." The nearly 40 paintings in the exhibit are "18th- and 19th-century depictions of the court elite of the Qing dynasty (1644-1911)...China's [ancient] ancestor cult, is based on the ideal of the infinitely perpetuated nuclear family...As a medium of direct contact between the living and the dead, the ancestor portrait was periodically installed on a family altar or in...

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Buddhist Teaches Inmates Meditation

August 6, 2001

Source: The Tampa Tribune

On August 6, 2001, The Tampa Tribune reported on K.C. Walpole, who counsels prison inmates, "teaching Buddhism and offering meditation...He and four other volunteers have worked with 250 prisoners in 11 state prisons, two county jails and two federal penitentiaries. They teach meditation through the Gateless Gate Zen Center, a nonprofit religious group Walpole founded near Gainesville in 1997...The Buddhist group's work inside prisons does not stress religion. It is nondenominational...Walpole has taught the same techniques...

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40 Chaplains Hired for 2002 Olympics

August 4, 2001

Source: deseretnews.com

On August 4, 2001, deseretnews.com reported that "to make sure everyone is taken care of, Olympic organizers have chosen 40 spiritual advisers to be on call during the 17 days of competition [at the 2002 Winter Games]. Their duties will range from hosting regular worship services at the Olympic Village to being available for any athlete, any time...The chaplains ...come from nearly every sect imaginable...There are Catholic priests, a Jewish rabbi, an Islamic imam and Protestant ministers from several denominations. [A chaplain]...

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Baptist Leadership Summit and Buddhist Celebration in Kansas

August 4, 2001

Source: The Kansas City Star

On August 4, 2001, The Kansas City Star. reported that "Chuck Colson, syndicated columnist, author and founder of Prison Fellowship, will be a speaker at the 2001 Willow Creek Leadership Summit, which will be broadcast live via satellite...at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church...Across the country...more than 10,000 people are expected to gather for the event. It is designed to help pastors, volunteer leaders, church staff, board members and emerging leaders in business and the church to develop their leadership gifts, skills...

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Tibetan Monks Stop on Tour of U.S. to Offer Healing Service

July 29, 2001

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On July 29, 2001, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that ten "Tibetan Buddhist monks from India will offer a healing service...in the East Suburban Unitarian-Universalist Church...[They] are touring North America to raise awareness of their faith and culture and to raise money to care for Tibetan orphans and refugees in India."

Growing Religious Diversity in Bible Belt

July 28, 2001

Source: Messenger-Inquirer

http://www.messenger-inquirer.com/columnists/owen/3382699.htm

On July 28, 2001, the Messenger-Inquirer reported on the growing religious diversity in the Bible Belt. "About 200 Jains and about as many Sikhs live in west-central Kentucky and Tennessee now... Bowling Green has 2,000 actively practicing Muslims, mostly Bosnian immigrants... Nashville has about 24,000 Hispanics, compared to 2,700 a decade ago." Thomas Russell and...

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Daughter Carries on with Father's Teachings

July 28, 2001

Source: The Arizona Republic

On July 28, 2001, The Arizona Republic reported on Torkom Saraydarian. "Through his philosophy, which he called Ageless Wisdom, he drew from the teachings of the world's religions to help others fulfill their destinies. He died at age 80 in 1997...Today in Cave Creek, his daughter, Gita Saraydarian, carries on her father's legacy by publishing his books and teaching classes...'It's a blend of Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity and Sufi,'" she said.

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