Buddhist Temple Reaches Out to Houston Residents

May 26, 2001

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On May 26, 2001, The Houston Chronicle reported on the Chung Mei Buddhist Temple. Outreach to the greater Houston community is one main focus of the temple. "To accommodate their English-speaking guests, the temple this month began offering four-week courses on meditation and vegetarian cooking in English. Buddhist chanting classes and flower arrangement classes, also in English, are in the works. The temple also offers a practical course in Buddhism for those interested in the religion."

Interfaith Dialogue with Dalai Lama Finds Ways for Diverse Religions to Coexist Peacefully

May 19, 2001

Source: Star Tribune

On May 19, 2001, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported on an interfaith dialogue with seven local clergy and the Dalai Lama. The topic of the panel was "'How Can Diverse Religions Communities Create Peace in the World?' In their response, the Dalai Lama and this distinguished panel promoted the idea that religions can be diverse without being a lot different. 'All religions carry same teaching, same goal, same potential,' the Dalai Lama said."

Buddhist Monk Preaches Peace and Teaches Meditation to Thousands of Americans

May 18, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On May 18, 2001, The Boston Globe reported on a talk called "Peace Is the Way" given by Thich Nhat Hanh, a 74-year-old exiled Vietnamese monk and former anti-Vietnam War activist. The talk was given at the Hynes Auditorium in Boston and was expected to attract a crowd estimated at 3,000. "A vast array of Americans...have adopted Nhat Hanh's teachings of 'engaged Buddhism,' simple meditation practices that he says can help ordinary people experience the beauty of life."

European-American Lama Leads Buddhist Celebration

May 5, 2001

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On May 5, 2001, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on Lama Jinpa Tharchin, who "is certainly a rarity, a Buddhist lama who grew up [as a Roman Catholic] in Overland and University City. Jinpa will be the main teacher...at the second annual Vesak Day celebration at the Chinese Buddhist monastery in Augusta. His appearance is another measure of the maturing role of European-Americans among the nation's five million Buddhists...Vesak Day marks the birthday of Buddha."

Disagreement Over Appropriate Reaction to Dalai Lama's Visit

May 2, 2001

Source: Star Tribune

On May 2, 2001, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that "a 'protest and dissent' statement that scolds state Rep. Arlon Lindner for criticizing the Dalai Lama and Buddhism was signed by more than 60 House members...The statement, a form of protest that is provided for in the Minnesota Constitution, faults Lindner for showing 'a lack of respect and tolerance for other religions.' It also describes his comments as 'bigoted.'"

Disagreement Over Appropriate Reaction to Dalai Lama's Visit

May 1, 2001

Source: Star Tribune

On May 1, 2001, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that "Rep. Arlon Lindner...told colleagues in an e-mail...that he is offended by the Dalai Lama's planned speech to the Legislature and that he views Buddhism as a cult that is 'incompatible with Christian principles.' The Corcoran [Minnesota] Republican, who has a Baptist seminary degree, said he will not attend the Dalai Lama's speech to a joint meeting of the House and Senate on May 9."

Hundreds Gather to Celebrate Anniversary of South Vietnam's Defeat

April 30, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On April 30, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported that "at the Cultural Court in Little Saigon, hundreds gathered...to mark the 26th anniversary of the fall of South Vietnam. Political and religious leaders took the podium to remember the April 30 surrender of the Saigon Government in 1975 and to call for religious freedom and basic human rights...Local Catholics, Protestants and two Buddhist sects, Hoa Hao and Cao Dai, lit incense at an altar during the program."

Unitarian Group Seeks More Spirituality in Their Church

April 21, 2001

Source: The Chicago Tribune

On April 21, 2001, The Chicago Tribune reported that two dozen dissidents have charged the Unitarian Universalist Association of being "extremely intolerant" of people who want to talk about God. They "will meet in Virginia to discuss plans for a new church body for Unitarians who want more God and less politics in church...In time, the Unitarian tradition, which has no creed, [has] shed its exclusively Christian focus and embraced other forms of religious expression, including humanism and Buddhism." The group of dissidents is "...

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Laotian-Americans in San Diego Celebrate a New Year

April 19, 2001

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On April 19, 2001, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that many in San Diego's Laotian-American community would be celebrating the start of their new year by attending an annual two-day festival. "During the official start of Pi Mai -- the year 2544, according to the Buddhist calendar -- the city's three Lao Buddhist temples were filled with people reflecting and praying in the company of monks...Some 20,000 Laotian-Americans now call the San Diego area home."

Buddhists React Peacefully to Taliban's Destruction of Statues

March 30, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On March 30, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported that "Buddhists reacted with restraint" to the Taliban's destruction of two historic stone statues of the Buddha. "American Buddhists and scholars of Buddhism are still piecing together the meaning of" the destruction of the statues.

Doctor Includes Dalai Lama's Advice in Book on Longevity

March 17, 2001

Source: Star Tribune

On March 17, 2001, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported on the influence of the Dalai Lama on Dr. Zorba Paster's new book, The Longevity Code, about how to live "'a longer, sweeter life.'...He underscored the value of volunteerism, not just for the receiver, but for the giver as well...'The wise person, as the Dalai Lama says, benefits by volunteering,' [said Paster]...The Dalai Lama...wrote the forward for Paster's book."

Catholic Nun Teaches Tai Chi Classes

March 17, 2001

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On March 17, 2001, The Houston Chronicle reported on Sister Carletta LaCour, who teaches Tai Chi at the Christian Renewal Center in Dickinson, Texas. "Though part of the benefit of practicing the moves is physical, LaCour also emphasizes the spiritual." She sees no incongruence between Catholicism and Tai Chi.