Buddhism

Burmese Buddhist Monastery Opens In Finland

January 5, 2009

Author: Yee May Aung

Source: The Buddhist Channel/DVB

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=71,7596,0,0,1,0

The first Burmese Buddhist monastery in Finland was officially consecrated in Kuopio on 3 January by five monks led by Penang abbot U Pannya Wuntha and abbot U Uttara of London’s Sasana Ramsi Vihara.

The Buddha Dhamma Ramsi monastery was set up by Burmese Buddhists living in Finland with the help of the abbots,...

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Buddhist Center Celebrates Christmas With Ceremony

December 22, 2008

Author: Tom Yerace

Source: The Buddhist Channel/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=62,7552,0,0,1,0

The Christmas tree with multicolored lights in one corner seemed out of place with the large white Buddha statue positioned along opposite wall.

But according to Bhante Pemaratana, a monk at the Buddhist temple along Route 908 in Natrona, the values and philosophies each represent have much in common....

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Buddhist Relief Group Provides Holiday Baskets to Needy Families

December 18, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Buddhist Channel/Los Angeles Wave

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=65,7534,0,0,1,0

Things haven’t been easy for Kecia Harper and her two teenage sons since she became disabled and unable to work three years ago. But this holiday season, she is feeling especially grateful, with an unexpected gift from strangers.

Harper’s family and 50 others from Lynwood were treated to a holiday...

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Hsi Lai Temple Welcomes Faithful

December 17, 2008

Author: Richard Irwin

Source: The Buddhist Channel/SGVTribune.com

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=65,7539,0,0,1,0

The path to enlightenment begins with a single step. And 120 novices took that first step this week at the Hsi Lai Buddhist Temple in Hacienda Heights. Thus begins a two-week journey of introspection and commitment to the monks' way of life.

With their close-shorn heads and flowing black robes, it was hard to...

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A Hawaii Buddhist Minister Makes the Religion More Friendly To the Local Culture And to Younger People

December 10, 2008

Author: Pat Gee

Source: Urban Dharma

http://www.urbandharma.org/udharma4/news.html

Long before Reyn Yorio Tsuru became minister of the Shingon Shu Hawaii temple on Sheridan Street last year, he had been trying to make Buddhism more relevant to the younger generation and more appealing to local people.

He saw the congregation was aging -- "The demographic age was 79!" -- and was afraid Buddhism as a religion would die off with its elderly members...

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Buddhists Gather for an All-Nighter In Portland

December 10, 2008

Author: Nancy Haught

Source: The Buddhist Channel/The Oregonian

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=65,7520,0,0,1,0

The Rev. Gregory Gibbs began the first all-night chant at Oregon Buddhist Temple by bowing before a golden Buddha. Then Gibbs turned to his right and walked slowly around the outside aisles of the hondo, or sanctuary. Pausing at the back of the room, he bowed before the central altar again. He and seven others pressed their...

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Buddhists Converge On Tassie

December 4, 2008

Author: Danielle McKay

Original Source: The Mercury

Tasmania is hosting a major Buddhist conference -- the first time it has been held in a Western Christian country.

More than 300 people from 43 countries have converged on Tasmanain for the 5th annual World Buddhist Sangha Youth Conference.

The conference aims to promote the harmonious and happy historical process of multiple and peaceful coexistence of the world.

Silencing Burma’s Monks

December 1, 2008

Author: Min Lwin

Source: The Buddhist Channel/The Irrawaddy

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=82,7459,0,0,1,0

The 68-year prison sentence handed down to Ashin Gambira for his role in last year’s monk-led protests shows that Burma’s brutal junta now exercises total control over the country’s Sangha, or community of Buddhist monks, who many regarded as the last bastion of resistance against military rule.

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High Desert Buddhist Shrine Has Regional Draw

November 30, 2008

Author: Joe Nelson

Source: The Buddhist Channel/San Bernadino County Sun

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=65,7457,0,0,1,0

In this windswept desert city, just north of Adelanto Airport, a 25-foot statue of a Buddhist bodhisattva said to have miraculous healing powers looms over Highway 395.

Every week, hundreds of Buddhists from all over Southern California congregate here, at the 15-acre Buddhist Meditation Center.
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Russia’s Buddhist Republic Sees the Light

November 18, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Buddhist Channel/Russia Today

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=3,7404,0,0,1,0

Russia's republic of Kalmykia is the only region in Europe where Buddhism is the dominant religion. Temples were destroyed there during the Soviet era and Buddhism went into decline. But in a new age of tolerance, the steppe region is enjoying a religious renaissance.

Temples, Buddha statues and pictures of the...

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Buddha Jewel Monastery Opens in Seattle

November 18, 2008

Author: Frank Kliewer

Source: The Buddhist Channel/Daily Press

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=65,7409,0,0,1,0

After two years of arduous planning and construction, members of the Chung Tai International Chan Buddhist Association have finished converting a derelict South Seattle church into a magnificent Zen Center and monastic residence. Ven. Jian Hu, the new Abbot of Buddha Jewel Monastery, was installed in a simple ceremony held...

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Korean Police Chief Makes Peace With Buddhists

November 18, 2008

Author: Dong-A Ilbo

Source: The Buddhist Channel

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=45,7405,0,0,1,0

National Police Agency Commissioner General Eo Cheong-soo (right) bids farewell to the Venerable Jigwan, the chief executive of Korea`s largest Buddhist order Jogye, with a “hapjang,” the Buddhist greeting where palms are put together in front of one’s chest.

Eo apologized for discriminatory behavior against...

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Buddhists to Convert UAW Hall to Temple

November 16, 2008

Author: Steve Collins

Source: The Bristol Press

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=60,7401,0,0,1,0

For decades, the United Auto Workers gathered weekly in a meeting hall on Park Street to talk shop.

But their hall, which has sat idle for years since the departure of General Motors, may soon ring with the voices of Buddhist monks.

The city’s Zoning Commission gave its unanimous blessing recently to a plan by...

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Buddhist Monks Share Traditions

November 10, 2008

Author: Colette M. Jenkins

Source: The Beacon Journal

http://www.ohio.com/news/top_new/34235919.html

The chanting, singing and bell-ringing inside Unity Chapel of Light this week are meant to inspire peace and compassion.

''We want to share some of the fundamental teachings of Buddhism and give people a chance to experience our culture and religion,'' said Geshe Gankar Tulka Rinpoche, through a translator. ''We are not promoting Buddhism, but...

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Buddhists Celebrate New Temple in Mesa

November 9, 2008

Author: Astrid Galvan

Source: The Arizona Republic

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=63,7366,0,0,1,0

The only international Buddhist temple in the state held its grand-opening ceremony on Saturday.

About 200 people gathered at the Arizona International Buddhist Meditation Center, 432 Temple St. in Mesa, to celebrate both the Kathina Ceremony, which marks the end of the rainy season in Sri Lanka, and the center's grand...

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