Harvard Divinity School Hires First Chair of Buddhist Studies

July 28, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On July 28, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that Harvard Divinity School "is poised to hire its first chair of Buddhist studies. The school has chosen Janet B. Gyatso, a professor of religion at Amherst College. " The Globe published an interview with Gyatso, who is currently researching issues relating to sex and gender in Buddhism.

Soka University of America Embraces Egalitarianism and Humanism

July 25, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On July 25, 2001, The New York Times printed a front-page article about Soka University of America, "the first new private liberal arts college to be built in California in 25 years...Some [enrolled] students turned down admission to the likes of Bryn Mawr and Brown to be pioneers in a Buddhist-inspired experiment where everyone from the president to a janitor has the same-size office." The principal architect has designed projects for Stanford. Phillip Hammond, a professor of religious studies at UC Santa Barbara and author of...

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Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York City Will Attract Many This Year

July 17, 2001

Source: The News India Times


The News India Times reported that "the organizing committee of the 11th annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York has announced that this year’s competition, scheduled for Aug. 11 and 12, will have the largest number of participants in the festival’s history...For 10 years, the celebration has attracted a culturally diverse audience...

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Diana Eck's New Book Examines Religious Diversity in America

July 14, 2001

Source: The Hartford Courant

On July 14, 2001, The Hartford Courant reported on Diana Eck's new book, A New Religious America. "'The religious landscape of America has changed radically in the past 30 years,' Eck writes, 'but most of us have not yet begun to see the dimensions and scope of that change.'" The main part of the book focuses on Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam in America.

Statue of Buddhist Divinity Is Commissioned

July 7, 2001

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On July 7, 2001, The Houston Chronicle reported that Venerable Thich Nguyen Hanh, head monk of the Vietnam Buddhist Center in Sugar Land [Texas], commissioned a 72-foot-tall statue of the divinity Quan Am. "Quan Am - literally, Regarder of the Cries of the World - is one of the most revered bodhisattvas (divine enlightened beings) in Buddhism...The figure is the largest such tribute to Quan Am in the United States."

"Nomadic Pilgrim" Dives into Monastic Life

July 1, 2001

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On July 1, 2001, The San Francisco Chronicle reported on "William Claassen, a self-described 'nomadic pilgrim.'...Claassen spent 2 1/2 years traveling around the world, visiting 40 monasteries in 12 countries. He broke bread with Greek Orthodox monks on Mount Athos, walked with Catholic brothers in Spain, watched whirling dervishes in Turkey, meditated with Zen monks in Japan and sat at the feet of Hindu gurus and Jain pujaris in India."

Indian Population Rises in New England

July 1, 2001

Source: INDIA New England

On July 1, 2001, INDIA New England reported that "reflecting...the community's growth across the United States, New England's Indian-American population has more than doubled in the past 10 years...The availability of work visas, the lure of academic institutions and the vitality of the region's high-tech industry have fueled this increase locally...The...2000 census reported 76,157 Indian-Americans in New England," up from 36,282 in 1990. "In New England, Massachusetts has the largest Indian-American population -- increasing from...

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Top Buddhist Monk Lectures in Spokane

June 30, 2001

Source: The Spokesman-Review

On June 30, 2001, The Spokesman-Review reported that "the highest-ranking Therevada Buddhist monk in the United States [Bhante Madawala Seelawimala] is in Spokane this weekend to teach and lead worship services at the Spokane Buddhist Church...During two three-hour seminars...he plans to focus on the meaning, benefits and methods of meditation. Non-Buddhists are welcome."

Grafton Peace Pagoda an Ancient Monument to Nonviolence

June 28, 2001

Source: The Times Union

On June 28, 2001, The Times Union reported on the Grafton Peace Pagoda in Albany, New York. The pagoda is a "monument to peace developed after the horrors of war...[It] is a symbol of nonviolence that dates as far back as 2,000 years ago...There are two peace pagodas in the United States...A Japanese Buddhist nun, Jun Yasuda, is the reason the Grafton Peace Pagoda was built."

New Book Offers Glimpse into the Life of a Buddhist Monk in L.A.

June 23, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On June 23, 2001, the Los Angeles Times published a book review of Saffron Days in L.A.: Tales of a Buddhist Monk in America by Bhante Walpola Piyananda, a Sri Lankan "who has been abbot of the Dharma Vijaya Buddhist Vihara, a meditation center in Los Angeles, for the last quarter-century...A storyteller gifted with great compassion, wisdom and humor, Piyananda engages us in his pastoral adventures." The book "teaches the basics of Buddhism in an orderly progression."

Temple Provides Home Away from Home for Thai Immigrants in Bay Area

June 22, 2001

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On June 22, 2001, The San Francisco Chronicle reported that "after years of patient fund raising, the refurbished Thai temple on Russell Street, Wat Mongkolratanaram...is to be solemnly dedicated...Thailand's ambassador, Dr. Tej Bannag, is flying in from Washington, D.C...The temple, a refuge for Thais in the Bay Area, variously estimated at 20,000 to 60,000, has been bustling for weeks now."

Flushing, Queens: America's Most Religiously Diverse City

June 22, 2001

Source: Religion and Ethics Newsweekly


On June 22, 2001 Religion and Ethics Newsweekly reported, "R. Scott Hanson wrote his doctoral dissertation at the University of Chicago on 'City of Gods: Religious Freedom, Immigration, and Pluralism in Flushing, New York.' He is a postdoctoral research associate at Brown University. Flushing, Queens is the most religiously and ethnically diverse...

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Nursing Home Site Becomes Home of Buddhist Temple and Community Center

June 21, 2001

Source: southofboston

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On June 21, 2001, southofboston.com reported that the Resthaven Nursing Home in Braintree "was recently purchased by the Vietnamese Buddhist Community of Massachusetts. The Venerable Thich Thien Hue, a Vietnamese monk who is setting up a temple and community center at the site, hopes that residents from Braintree and beyond will soon visit to meditate and learn about Buddhism."

Buddhist Helps Vietnamese Inmates at Nebraska Prison

June 19, 2001

Source: The Associated Press

On June 19, 2001, the Associated Press reported that "felons at the Nebraska State Penitentiary might be closer than most to happiness, at least in the Buddhist sense, said Buddhist Dau Nguyen, a former South Vietnamese naval officer who visits the prison." They understand suffering, he explained. "Nguyen, 54, who began meeting with individual Vietnamese prisoners at the penitentiary this year, wants to begin holding group meetings at the prison" for its small Vietnamese inmate population.