A Buddhist in a Presbyterian World

September 30, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On September 30, 2000, the Los Angeles Times told the story of Ai Tasedan. She has "attended services at St. Mark Presbyterian Church faithfully for the past 25 years. She got married there. She goes on church-sponsored mission trips and volunteers wherever needed." And, surprising to some, she is a Buddhist. "It's an ecumenical twist that doesn't bother the liberal Newport Beach congregation very much, if at all. St. Mark's elders decided in 1975 to help rescue Tasedan and her family, Vietnamese refugees who were in living in a...

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Stupa Being Built in Colorado

September 11, 2000

Source: The Denver Rocky Mountain News

On September 11, 2000, The Denver Rocky Mountain News published an article about Bob King, a Buddhist and a general contractor, who has found his dream job. King is the project manager in the building of a stupa near the Wyoming state line. "To build a stupa - a Buddhist monument representing the enlightened mind - is an act of devotion, worthy to be called one's life work. 'Fortunately,' says King, with a laugh, 'when we started we didn't know how long it would last. We were so naive; we thought we could build it in...

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New Temple to Open in Seattle

August 29, 2000

Source: The Seattle Times

On August 29, 2000, The Seattle Times published an article entitled, "Vietnamese to Open New Buddhist Temple." Read it here.

Monastery Under Construction

August 27, 2000

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On August 27, 2000, The San Diego Union-Tribune published an article entitled, "Monastery Taking Shape in Deer Park."

Faithful Diversity Displayed in Boston's Immigrants

August 19, 2000

Source: Patriot-Ledger

On August 19, 2000 the Patriot-Ledger reported, "If you want to learn about a community, visit the place where people worship. But most of us don't do that. We feel like an intrusive outsider and don't understand the religious service unless we're accompanied by a congregation member. So it's a treat to find a new exhibit that introduces us to Buddhists and their temple in Quincy, as well as to five other religious groups in the Boston area. 'Faithful Boston: The Religion of Boston Immigrants' is on view in the changing gallery of...

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Buddhism Gains Popularity

August 19, 2000

Source: The Plain Dealer

On August 19, 2000, The Plain Dealer reported on cultural and religious identity in an article entitled, "Religion is Deeper than One's Culture." In it, M. Lavora Perry talks about the joy and peace she has gotten from Buddhism since she turned to its teachings thirteen years ago. Yet, as an African-American woman, she is often chastised by others for choosing a religion that is not "black enough." Perry says that, "When I'm labeled a cultural sellout for not being Christian, I reply that, like many blacks, I believe Jesus may...

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Buddhism in Ohio

August 18, 2000

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On August 18, 2000, The Columbus Dispatch reported on Buddhism in Ohio. "The World Almanac estimated there were about 780,000 [Buddhists in the United States] in 1999, compared with about 100,000 in 1990. Worldwide, there are an estimated 353 million Buddhists." The article discusses some of the approaches of Buddhism through which many Westerners have found spiritual fulfillment.

Buddhist Cultural Center to get New Home

August 8, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On August 8, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that the "Buddhist cultural organization Soka Gakkai International will redesign and renovate its facilities in Santa Monica as part of a construction project slated to be completed next year...The new design at the complex will emphasize the internationalism of Soka Gakkai while 'simultaneously expressing its Soka Gakkai's commitment to Santa Monica,' said Andrea Cohen Gehring," principal in charge of design at WWCOT, the architecture firm heading the project.

CD Project Joins Together Catholic and Buddhist Monks

July 24, 2000

Source: The Courier-Journal

On July 24, 2000, The Courier Journal of Louisville, KY published an article about a collaboration between Buddhist and Catholic monks. The project is a result of the work of Louisville musician Michael Fitzpatrick, who was "so deeply moved by a 1996 gathering of Catholic and Buddhist monks at the Abbey of Gethsemani that he wanted to capture some of that feeling in music. The result is the CD "Compassion," released last month, which blends Tibetan and Western monastic chants, classic pieces of Western religious music and...

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Free Clinic in California Organized by Buddhist Group

July 3, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On July 3, 2000, the Los Angeles Times published an article on a new free clinic in Panorama City, California. The Buddhist Tzu-Chi Free Clinic, located on Blythe Street, provides free medical services to members of the community who previously were unable to afford basic medical care such as check-ups and dental visits. Maritza de Artan, director of the Immaculate Heart Community Blythe Street, a community organization, had been aware that many members of her community were unable to receive medical care, and after a "few...

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