Oklahoma's Buddhists to Gather for Conference

September 5, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Buddhist Channel/NewsOK


Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (USA) -- Focusing on one of the tenets of their religion, Buddhists in Oklahoma are gearing up for the ninth annual Oklahoma Buddhist Conference on Saturday at Giac Quang Temple, 2625 SE 44.

The theme of this year's conference is "Practicing Tolerance,” and it is appropriate in many ways, particularly because Buddhism is tolerant of other faith beliefs, said Maurice Hoover, a conference coordinator.

"In Buddhism, you don't have to forsake any other religion,” Hoover said. "We certainly have more in common than we do different.”

Hoover, 46, of Oklahoma City said he has practiced the Zen tradition of Buddhism about four years. Another conference coordinator, Rebecca Edmondson, 36, of Fort Gibson said she has been practicing Tibetan Buddhism about eight years and officially became a Buddhist about four years ago.

The two said the goal of the conference is to bring together Buddhists from across the state. The pair said the coordinating committee included Buddhists from various traditions because the event is expected to draw a diverse crowd of Buddhists.