Buddhism

Hindu Celebration Diwali Sheds Light On Goodness

October 16, 2009

Author: Annysa Johnson

Source: Journal Sentinel

http://www.jsonline.com/features/religion/64652562.html

Fireworks will brighten the night sky over the Hindu Temple in Pewaukee on Saturday night, its interior ablaze in light, as more than a thousand people gather for Diwali, the annual celebration of light over darkness, of goodness over evil.

"It's meant to arouse the light within," said Lakshmi Bharadwaj, who teaches sociology and...

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Military Buddhist Chapel Represents Tolerance

October 13, 2009

Author: Jeff Brady

Source: The Buddhist Channel/wbur.org

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=63,8609,0,0,1,0

The Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., is home to the only Buddhist chapel on a U.S. military base.

After a controversy over religious intolerance during the summer of 2005, the chapel was built in the basement of the academy's iconic Cadet Chapel.

In 2005, conservative evangelical Christians were...

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Pets Get Buddhist Blessing

October 13, 2009

Author: Dana Brown

Source: The Buddhist Channel/The Hamilton Spectator

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=60,8613,0,0,1,0

Gillian Jakubowski wanted to make her nearly 15-year-old dog's path to death easier.

Valerie Cousens wanted to help with her cat Monty's seizures. Kayte Cleary's dog just had surgery on her leg.

All had their pets blessed by a Zen Buddhist nun using sacred relics, during the Maitreya Project Heart...

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Prison Inmates Go Zen to Deal With Life Behind Bars

October 9, 2009

Author: Stephanie Chen

Source: CNN

http://us.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/10/09/prison.meditation/index.html

In his darkest moment, Kenneth Brown lost it all. His wife and kids, the housebroken dog, the vacation home on Cape Cod all vanished when he was sent to prison for an arson in 1996.

Trapped in his gloomy cell and serving a 20-year sentence that felt like an eternity, Brown, then 49, found himself stretched out on the floor. He was...

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Revellers Flock to Diwali Celebration

October 5, 2009

Author: David Trayner

Source: Evening Telegraph

http://www.northantset.co.uk/news/Revellers-flock-to-Diwali-celebration.5702424.jp

A colourful display of singing, dancing and fireworks was enjoyed by Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists at the county's biggest Diwali celebration.

About 200 people crowded into the Swansgate Centre in Wellingborough yesterday to see the Diwali lights switched on in the Market Square and...

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Police Horses Blessed By Buddhist

October 4, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/west_yorkshire/8289556.stm

Two police horses from the West Yorkshire force have been blessed in a Buddhist ceremony in Leeds.

The Venerable Mary Reavey blessed a number of pets and other animals as part of the Jamyang Buddist Centre's celebrations of World Animal Day.

The nun touched each animal gently with a holy object while walking...

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Buddhist Monks: Vietnam Police Still Harassing Us

October 1, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Google News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hMG6ioUlm7q2WrAtz42e9q-CjYPAD9B2C9V83

Followers of a world-famous Buddhist teacher who were forced out of a Vietnamese monastery over the weekend have taken refuge at a nearby pagoda, but they say they have once again been surrounded by police.

The monks' ongoing...

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Religious Tension Mounts In Vietnam

September 30, 2009

Author: Nguyen Giang

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/nol/ukfs_news/hi/newsid_8270000/newsid_8278300/8278336.stm

Four years ago the Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, a monk who popularised Buddhism in the West, was invited by the Vietnamese government to return home after 39 years in exile.

The move was seen as a sign that the authorities were becoming more tolerant of religion, a very sensitive issue in the...

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