Buddhism

Cambodia Buddhist Monks, Police Clash During Protest to Show Solidarity with Vietnam Monks

December 19, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: AOL News

Wire Service: AP

http://news.aol.com/story/_a/cambodia-buddhist-monks-police-clash/n20071217040909990005

Dozens of Buddhist monks kicked, punched and hurled bottles at baton-wielding police in Cambodia's capital Monday at a demonstration to demand religious freedom for monks in neighboring Vietnam.

The clashes erupted as about 40 monks...

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Monks Rap, Strut in Effort to Re-Energize Buddhism

December 16, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Japan Times

Wire Service: AP

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20071216a5.html

Japanese monks and nuns held a fashion show — replete with rap music and a catwalk — at a major temple in Tokyo on Saturday to promote Buddhism.

In the Tokyo Bouz (monk) Collection held at Tsukiji Honganji, nearly 40 monks and nuns from eight major Buddhist sects joined in...

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Meditation Practice 'Frees' Inmates

December 15, 2007

Author: Rich Barlow

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/12/15/meditation_practice_frees_inmates/

It's not every teacher whose class attendance depends on whether there's a lockdown under way. But the Venerable Ajahn David Chutiko, a Buddhist monk, has accustomed himself to the vicissitudes of prison life in three years of teaching meditation at the Federal Medical Center Devens....

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RM10m (US$ 3 mil) Building for Kedah Buddhist Association

December 14, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Buddhist Channel/The Star

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=56,5587,0,0,1,0

Work on a new Kedah Buddhist Association building near Alor Star, Kedah, costing about RM10mil will start early next year.

Kedah Buddhist Association secretary Ong Jin Peng said that they had already got the approval from the Alor Star City Council for the new building. “We got the approval in September 2003 to...

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For Burmese People, a Friend in High Places

December 13, 2007

Author: Simon Montlake

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/1213/p06s02-woap.html

Nearly two decades of treating Burmese migrants on the Thai border has taught Cynthia Maung, herself a political refugee from military-ruled Burma (Myanmar), to expect the unexpected. Every day brings more migrants to her private clinic – many of whom can't afford treatment.

On Monday, the unexpected came from an entirely...

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Monks' Mantras Upset Locals

December 10, 2007

Author: Leah Hallett

Source: The Buddhist Channel/Gold Coast

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=49,5540,0,0,1,0

BUDDHIST monks seeking nirvana in the Gold Coast Hinterland have been accused of disturbing the peace of their neighbours.

Monks from the Hwazan Buddhist Association have been warned they can only pursue enlightenment on their own property between 7am and 7pm after being told their late night chanting on their...

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Buddhist Monk Shengguan Prevented From Attending Human Rights Conference

December 10, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Buddhist Channel/HRIC

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=46,5552,0,0,1,0

Human Rights in China has learned from Master Shengguan, a Buddhist monk and former political activist also known as Xu Zhiqiang, that he was barred on December 9, from traveling to attend a “Human Rights Day” conference in Guizhou.

Four state security personnel prevented Master Shengguan from boarding his...

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China Deepens Religious Repression in Tibet: Report

December 9, 2007

Author: Ben Blanchard

Source: Yahoo! News

Wire Service: Reuters

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20071210/wl_nm/china_tibet_dc

Religious repression in the Chinese ruled Himalayan region of Tibet is tightening, with authorities intensifying pressure on monks to denounce the exiled Dalai Lama, a new report said on Monday.

The government had started building police stations close to, or even in, monasteries,...

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Buddhist Center's Future Uncertain

December 9, 2007

Author: DAVID SMILEY

Source: The Miami Herald

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/miami_dade/east/story/336736.html

When Reginald Nicholson first realized the severity of his cancer, he considered meditation as a way to cope with his illness.

Looking for help, he called a number of sources, including monks in Australia. And then Nicholson heard about the Zab Sang Institute, a place offering Buddhist teachings in his own backyard...

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U.N. Report Finds 31 Killed in Myanmar Crackdown

December 8, 2007

Author: WARREN HOGE

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/08/world/asia/08nations.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

At least 31 people were killed in Myanmar during the military government’s crackdown on protests this fall, and arrests of and nighttime raids on suspected demonstrators are continuing, a United Nations human rights expert who visited the country last month said on Friday.

In a report...

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Burma to Put Protesters on Trial

December 4, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Bangkok Post

http://www.bangkokpost.com/breaking_news/breakingnews.php?id=124189

Protesters who participated in the September demonstrations in Rangoon will not be prosecuted if they had acted peacefully, the top Burmese policeman said Monday.

"Only those individuals involved in arson or the possession of illegal weapons will be brought to trial," police chief Khin Yi told a press conference in...

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Japan to Confer Dharma Chakra Gold Medal on Sri Lanka President

December 4, 2007

Author: Rodney Martinesz

Source: The Buddhist Channel/Lanka Daily News

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=43,5502,0,0,1,0

President Mahinda Rajapaksa is to be presented with a 24 carat gold medal for his efforts to propagate Buddhist cultural values and precepts by the Honganji Foundation when the Lankan leader visits Japan this week.

This is the first such honour bestowed on a citizen of any country by the Honganji...

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