Buddhism

A Vesak Taste for the New Mayor of Brent

May 27, 2008

Author: Walter Jayawardhana

Source: The Buddhist Channel/Lanka Web

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=3,6536,0,0,1,0

The newly elected Brent Council Mayor, Ralph Fox recently had a little bit of the taste of Sri Lankan Vesak at a real dansala in a Buddhist temple in the suburbs of London.

He gulped a real glass of Saruwath with real kasa kasa seeds floating in it and ate some boiled gram cooked in the Sri Lanka style with...

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Muslims of Tibet

May 27, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The New Nation

http://nation.ittefaq.com/issues/2008/05/27/news0819.htm

Masood Butt is a Tibetan, living in India. But, unlike most other Tibetans in exile, who are Buddhists, Butt is a Muslim. However, apart from his faith, there is little else to distinguish Butt from other Tibetans. He follows Tibetan customs, speaks the language fluently and regards the Dalai Lama as his leader. Yet, Butt's community - the Tibetan...

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A Buddhist Shrine Grows off Highway 395

May 25, 2008

Source: The Buddhist Channel/The Los Angeles Times

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=65,6523,0,0,1,0

'Venerable monk' has faith $12 million center will be built

It doesn't take long to get acquainted with the rhythm of things at a new Buddhist shrine in this high desert community presided over by a monk nicknamed "Tom" and a 24-foot-tall statue of a saint said to have miraculous powers.

Thich Dang "Tom" Phap's routine starts with early...

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Buddhist Monks Fear 'Hinduization' of Mahabodhi Temple

May 24, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Buddhist Channel/Patna Daily

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=42,6513,0,0,1,0

Buddhist Priests Fear 'Hinduization' of Mahabodhi Temple. Photo by Anupam SinghThe president of the All India Bodh Gaya Mahabodhi Vichar Mukti Andolan Committee Bhadant Anand, at a press conference in Patna on Saturday, accused the state government of trying to 'Hinduize' the Mahabodhi Temple by setting up Hindu temples...

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Vesak Celebrates Children at Dharma Vijaya Buddhist Vihara in Los Angeles

May 21, 2008

Author: Stephen Long

Source: Asian Tribune/The Buddhist Channel

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=65,6494,0,0,1,0

Vesak was celebrated at Dharma Vijaya Buddhist Vihara in Los Angeles this last Saturday and Sunday, and the focus was on children.

Ven. Walpola Piyananda, Abbot of Dharma Vijaya and President of the Buddhist Sangha Council of Southern California, said that the Buddha always emphasized the importance of educating...

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Monks from Myanmar March in Cannes Film Festival

May 20, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Buddhist Channel

Wire Service: AP

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=3,6460,0,0,1,0

Five monks from Myanmar marched through the Cannes Film Festival crowd on Monday to demand that the Southeast Asian nation's junta allow foreign aid workers into the country to help cyclone victims.

"This is a humanitarian crisis — we need help," said U Uttara, an exiled...

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Buddhist Monks Establish Aid Network

May 19, 2008

Author: Brett Popplewell

Source: The Star

http://www.thestar.com/News/World/article/427293

As Burma's military junta continues to prevent international aid that would help the estimated 1.5 million people affected by Cyclone Nargis, an international network of Burmese monks has come up with an alternative solution for would-be donors and relief workers.

With the military rulers doing little to help the starving, homeless and injured survivors...

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Quake Victims Remembered in Buddhist Celebration

May 19, 2008

Author: Lacee A.C. Martinez

Source: Pacific Daily News

http://www.guampdn.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080519/NEWS01/805190314/1002

There were smiles from both children and adults at the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple in Barrigada, as they were entertained by a lively lion dance in honor of Buddha's birthday yesterday. Hundreds came to the temple for the Bathing of the Buddha ceremony, part of the centuries old...

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Buddhist Head Temple Consecrated

May 19, 2008

Author: Christine Morente

Source: The Mercury News

http://www.mercurynews.com/religion/ci_9308551

Her Holiness Shinso Ito was the picture of quiet dignity as her followers cheered - and gleefully took her picture at a respectful distance.

When she walked past, they bowed - a sign of reverence for Shinnyo-en's first female leader.

The 66-year-old's task Sunday morning was to consecrate the Japanese Buddhist order's new U.S. Head Temple...

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Buddhism Fastest-Growing Religion in Singapore

May 19, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: DPA/The Earth Times

http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/206296,buddhism-fastest-growing-religion-in-singapore.html

Buddhism is the fastest-growing religion in Singapore, particularly among the young and educated, census figures released Monday showed. The number of people aged 15 and over who are Buddhists jumped from 31 per cent of the population in 1990 to 43 per cent,...

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Buddhist Centre Plan for Norwich

May 14, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Buddhist Channel/Dereham Times 24

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=3,6419,0,0,1,0

A Buddhist retreat could soon be open for meditation and religious festivals. Murray Wright, a senior ordained Buddhist, has applied for retrospective planning permission for the place of worship at his home in Mill Road, Hardingham.

The retreat is set around a pond water meadow and stream leading to Blackwater...

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U.N. Buddhist Event in Vietnam Remembers Disaster Victims

May 14, 2008

Author: Grant McCool

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSBKK5494820080514

Victims of China's earthquake and Myanmar's cyclone were remembered on Wednesday when Buddhists opened a rare international religious event in Vietnam, whose critics accuse the government of abusing freedom of worship.

Hundreds of monks in yellow, maroon and saffron robes mixed with government officials and diplomats in suits in a Hanoi...

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