Buddhism

Crews Work to Save Zen Mountain Center

July 4, 2008

Author: Dennis Taylor

Source: The Herald

http://www.montereyherald.com/ci_9785693?source=rss

About 20 priests, students and residents maintained battle lines Thursday in the Ventana Wilderness area of Los Padres National Forest to defend the oldest Buddhist monastery in the Western Hemisphere against flames that were about 1½ miles away. The Monterey County Sheriff's Department evacuated about 75 guests from the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center on June...

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Buddhists Kick Off Prayer Event

July 4, 2008

Author: Peggy Fletcher Stack

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

http://www.sltrib.com/ci_9783618

The red-robed members of Salt Lake City's only Tibetan Buddhist temple walked two by two Thursday evening around its west-side Salt Lake City block, one carrying a large Buddha statue, another protecting it with an umbrella and the rest waving incense, while ringing bells. It was a ritual signifying the sacredness of their sanctuary, and it was the opening ceremony of the 2nd...

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Auspicious Start for Spiritual Care Centre Project at Dzogchen Beara

July 4, 2008

Author: Jackie Keogh

Source: The Southern Star

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=3,6735,0,0,1,0

When one of the project managers took the microphone and said, "Welcome to the new Spiritual Care Centre," three hundred people got to their feet and recorded the moment with loud and joyful applause.

It was an auspicious start for the §5 million project that will become operational next October as a place of respite — a...

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Buddhist Groups Plan to Fight Christian Bias in Lee Gov’t

July 4, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Hankyoreh

http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_national/297004.html

Buddhist groups, which have complained that the government of President Lee Myung-bak is more partial to his Christian religion, have decided to take action.

In a meeting with some 20 groups held at Jogyesa, the main temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism, in Seoul’s Gyeonji-dong on July 3, they...

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Buddhist Group's Flood Aid Brings Tears and Praise

July 3, 2008

Author: Molly Rossiter

Source: The Gazette

http://www.gazetteonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080703/NEWS/359586786/1006/news

Eleven-year-old Brittany Gatewood helped her school raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina and the tornado that leveled part of Parkersburg.

On Thursday, she said, volunteers at the Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation told her that "what goes around comes around."...

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Buddha Statue Brought to the US, Welcomed by Dozens in Arlington

June 29, 2008

Author: Ryan Kost

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=61,6713,0,0,1,0

Outside the Drikung Meditation Center, strings of brightly colored prayer flags rode each breath of wind, while inside, voices were raised in prayer to Buddha.

For Lama Konchok Sonam and the more than 100 people gathered at the Tibetan Buddhist meditation center, yesterday was a day of celebration. After 2 1/2 years of fund-raising,...

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Islamic, Buddhist, Hindu and Catholic Schools to be Integrated into Nepal’s Education System

June 27, 2008

Author: Kalpit Parajuli

Source: Asia News

http://www.asianews.it/index.php?l=en&art=12627&size=A

Confessional schools will be recognised by the state and receive public funds but must in return adapt to a national curriculum. This change does not pose any problem to Catholic schools, which are among the best in the country, but not so for all confessional schools which must implement major changes.

“Small amounts of money have been...

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Should Buddhas Blasted by the Taliban Be Rebuilt?

June 26, 2008

Author: Aryn Baker

Source: TIME Magazine

http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1818299,00.html

Mirza Hussain, and other prisoners like him, had labored for hours to stack mines, bombs and dynamite beneath the feet of Afghanistan's most iconic public artwork — a 175-foot standing statue of the Buddha carved from the sandstone cliffs of the Bamiyan Valley sometime in the 7th century. Finally, the local Taliban commander blew his...

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Traditional Painters from Tibet and India Work to Transform New Temple

June 24, 2008

Author: Ron Seely

Source: The Buddhist Channel/Wisconsin State Journal

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=62,6688,0,0,1,0

Though they seem not much different from the other workers who are finishing the new temple at the Deer Park Buddhist Center, the three men working in the quiet of the temple’s basement have traveled from halfway around the world to lend their unique skills to the completion of this special place.

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Leighton Township Tells Buddhist Monk He Needs Permit for Meetings

June 23, 2008

Author: Jim Harger

Source: The Grand Rapids Press

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=62,6691,0,0,1,0

When Buddhist monk Thomas Nguyen moved into a brick ranch house on a 5-acre lot outside this Allegan County village last year, it seemed an ideal place to host Buddhist meditations and celebrations.

Nguyen, known as "Thai Tue" to his followers, converted the two-stall garage into a meditation room and invited followers to his...

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Six Rebels Killed, Trains Halted in Thai South

June 23, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Reuters

http://in.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idINIndia-34187620080623

Security forces killed six suspected Muslim rebels in southern Thailand on Monday, where all rail services have been halted after a brutal weekend attack on a train, police said.

About 200 police and soldiers raided a jungle hideout used by Muslim separatist guerrillas in Yala, one of the four southernmost provinces where more...

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Buddhist Ceremony Honors All Creatures Great and Small

June 22, 2008

Author: Mandy Locke

Source: The News and Observer

http://www.newsobserver.com/news/story/1116305.html

Hundreds of bait-shop crickets and earthworms escaped death by fishhook Saturday.

At an animal blessing and release ceremony in Cary, well-meaning Triangle Buddhists rescued them from a fate as bait for bass or bream.

One by one, crickets hopped out of a cage and into the cover of pine needles at Cary's Ritter Park. The...

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Buddhist Relief Service Reaches Out to Santa Cruz County

June 22, 2008

Author: Melissa Weaver

Source: The Buddhist Channel/San Jose Mercury

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=65,6682,0,0,1,0

Tzu Chi disaster relief volunteers always bow in respect when handing blankets to disaster victims, who "teach us to appreciate what we have," said volunteer Sherry Shih.

The Buddhist nonprofit group has grown to more than 5 million supporters worldwide with chapters in 30 countries since its inception in...

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Zen and a Place for the Art of Meditation

June 21, 2008

Author: Valentino Lucio

Source: MySA/Express-News

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/religion/stories/MYSA062108.10B.Rel_Zen_Center.EN.3e359f6.html

Nearly a dozen people sit cross-legged with their hands clasped on black cushions. With tranquil faces, they're situated side-by-side staring at a white wall. The subtle scent of incense lingers in the sitting area. The room is quiet except for the faint sound of...

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