Buddhism

Muslims, Buddhists Getting to Know Each Other

October 11, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: MCOT English News

http://enews.mcot.net/view.php?id=6728

The southern region of Thailand is home to both Muslims and Buddhists, with the majority of ethnic Malay Muslims in provinces bordering Malaysia. An activity encouraging better understanding among the young followers of the two religions has been initiated and appears to be enjoying very pleasant feedback.

Prakru Sunthornkitjanuyok, deputy abbot of Tamod temple in...

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In Buddha’s Path on the Streets of San Francisco

October 10, 2008

Author: Perry Garfinkel

Source: The New York Times

http://travel.nytimes.com/2008/10/10/travel/escapes/10buddhism.html?ref=travel

A block off Grant Avenue in San Francisco’s Chinatown — beyond the well-worn path tourists take past souvenir shops, restaurants and a dive saloon called the Buddha Bar — begins a historical tour of a more spiritual nature.

Duck into a nondescript doorway at 125...

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Buddhists Welcome in Tennessee

October 8, 2008

Author: Sabina Kupershmidt

Source: The Epoch Times

http://en.epochtimes.com/n2/united-states/buddhists-tennessee-5401.html

On a brilliant October 4th, in the Bible Belt, hundreds of people celebrated the Fifth Annual Buddhist Festival. One Dharma, The Insight Meditation Group, The Nashville Mindfulness Center (Zen), The Nashville Zen Center, and the Padmasambhava Budhist Center (Tibetan Vajrayana) introduced their practices,...

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Top Insurer Forces Employees to Study Buddhist Teachings

October 6, 2008

Author: Bob Unruh

Source: WorldNetDaily

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=65,7211,0,0,1,0

A former Prudential Insurance manager is preparing legal action against the company, claiming she was fired after blowing the whistle on mandatory Eastern religious exercises that included chanting the Hindu mantra "om" in darkened rooms.

Prudential Insurance Co.'s southern California real estate division also required...

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Modesto Buddhist Complex Attains Go-Ahead from Supervisors

October 1, 2008

Author: Tim Moran

Source: The Modesto Bee

http://www.modbee.com/local/story/448437.html

The Wat Cambodian Church got a green light from the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday to build a temple complex on Grimes Avenue west of Modesto, overturning a county Planning Commission decision.

The decision came after a three-hour debate from a standing-room-only crowd in the basement chamber at 1010 10th St.

On Aug. 21, planning...

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Maoists Appoint 'Living Goddess'

September 29, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7642798.stm

Nepal's new Maoist-led government has authorised the appointment of a six-year-old girl to be a "living goddess" in the temple town of Bhaktapur.

For centuries "Kumaris" in several towns in the Kathmandu valley were appointed by the head priest of the monarchy.

This is the first time the appointment has been carried out by anyone else.
...

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Death and Rebirth for Paying Customers of Thai Temple

September 29, 2008

Author: Seth Mydans

Source: International Herald Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/09/29/asia/coffin.php

It is the ultimate in second chances: A Buddhist temple here offers, for a small fee, an opportunity to die, rise up again newborn and make a fresh start in life.

Nine big, pink coffins dominate the grand hall of the temple, and every day hundreds of people take their turns...

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Buddhists and Catholics Pray Together for Hanoi Catholics

September 28, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: VietCatholic News Agency

http://www.vietcatholic.net/News/Html/59351.htm

In a massive candlelight vigil protest at Orange County, California, Buddhist monks, Catholic priests, and leaders of other faiths led thousands of faithful to pray for Hanoi Catholics asking the Vietnam government to stop persecuting them and respect human rights.

Great Buddhist Venerable Thich Nguyen Tri, Chairman of Bat Nha Buddhist Temple...

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Buddhist Chakmas Under Threat of Proselytisation

September 28, 2008

Author: Jyoti Lal Chowdhury

Source: Organiser

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=42,7184,0,0,1,0

Subtle moves are on for conversion of Buddhist Chakmas in certain areas of Mizoram and Tripura and also to take away their land for construction of churches. “These kinds of activities have been going on for sometime,” alleged Shri Basant Kumar Chakma.

Kantalang is a Chakma dominated village in the Phailo subdivision...

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Attack on Buddhist Centre in London

September 28, 2008

Author: Neville de Silva

Source: The Sunday Times

http://www.sundaytimes.lk/080928/News/sundaytimesnews_18.html

The Sri Saddhatissa International Buddhist Centre in Kingsbury in London came under attack by unidentified persons causing damage to the building and a vehicle parked in the premises.

Police in the Brent Council area have called for information from the public about the early morning attack during which vandals smashed...

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Monks Sue Va. Beach Over Permit Denial

September 28, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: WAVY.com

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=61,7193,0,0,1,0

They teach morality, tolerance and love. But a small group of Buddhist monks say that is not what they have found in the city's leaders.

The monks have filed a federal lawsuit claiming Virginia Beach is violating their Constitutional right to religious freedom.

"I come from Vietnam," said Chuc Than, one of the monks. Some of...

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Buddhist Monks in Western Myanmar March to Commemorate Anniversary of Army Crackdown

September 27, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.startribune.com/world/29839674.html?elr=KArks:DCiUBcy7hUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUU

About 100 Buddhist monks in a western Myanmar city staged a peaceful protest march Saturday to mark the anniversary of last year's bloody crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators.

Meanwhile, in the country's biggest city, Yangon, recently released political prisoners helped...

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White Paper: China Respects Freedom of Religious Beliefs of Tibetans

September 25, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Xinhua News

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-09/25/content_10108527.htm

The Chinese government has set great store by respecting the freedom of religious beliefs of the various ethnic groups living in Tibet since the peaceful liberation of Tibet in 1951, said a white paper on Protection and Development of Tibetan Culture issued by the Information Office of the State Council on Thursday.

A Year After Protests, Burma's Military Remains Firmly in Control

September 24, 2008

Author: Ron Corben

Source: VOA News

http://www.voanews.com/english/2008-09-24-voa36.cfm

A year after Burma's military crushed protests led by Buddhist monks, human rights groups accuse the government of continuing to harass of the clergy. As Ron Corben reports from Bangkok, experts on Burma see little sign of change in the country, despite the recent release of thousands of prisoners.

A year ago this week thousands of Buddhist monks left...

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Buddhism By Numbers

September 18, 2008

Author: Hoko Jan Karnegis

Source: The Buddhist Review

http://www.tricycle.com/sangha-spotlight/buddhism-by-numbers

When you think of the words "American Buddhist," what do you see? Someone white, middle-aged, no kids? An adult convert from Protestantism? Someone with a graduate degree, living in the western United States?

The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life's "2008 U.S. Religious Landscape Survey," released in late February,...

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