Buddhism

Japan Adds to Pressure on Burma

October 16, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/7046267.stm

Japan is halting $4.7m (£2.3m) in funding for a human resources centre in Burma, as economic pressure mounts on the military government there.

The move follows the death of a Japan's journalist during the Burmese military's bloody suppression of anti-government protests last month.

It reflected Japan's "strong concerns" over the...

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Pagodas Have a Historic Place in the Fight for Democracy

October 15, 2007

Author: Shah Paung

Source: The Buddhist Channel

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=82,5178,0,0,1,0

Burma’s pagodas have always served as a safe haven for Burmese people to gather. Until now, that is.

The troops who raided Rangoon’s most sacred monasteries, tramping through them in heavy boots, beating and arresting the monks, are now firmly in control. Pilgrims and other visitors are staying away, silence reigns....

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Monks Say They're Regrouping in Thailand

October 13, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: IMEDI/United Press International

http://www.imedinews.ge/en/news_read/70777

Monks escaping the military crackdown in Myanmar said they are regrouping in Thailand to prepare for more peaceful democracy demonstrations.

The monks traveled hundreds of miles from the capital of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, to a remote location along the Thai-Burma border, Voice of America reported. Once in Thailand, the monks maintained...

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Gambari Failed Us, Says Protest Leader

October 11, 2007

Author: Connie Levett

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

http://www.smh.com.au/news/world/gambari-failed-us-says-protest-leader/2007/10/10/1191695990454.html

AN organiser of the protest movement in Rangoon has blasted the United Nations special envoy, Ibrahim Gambari, for bowing to the junta and gaining nothing in his visit to Burma.

Surinder Karkar, also known as Ayea Myint and U Pancha (the...

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Buddhism in Germany Finding New Adherents

October 10, 2007

Author: Tamsin Walker

Source: Deutsche Welle

http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,2144,2815300,00.html

It's been around in the wings for several decades already, yet only recently has Buddhism begun to venture out towards mainstream German society. And it would seem that a growing number of people like what they see.

Although it is difficult to do a reliable headcount of the number of German Buddhists in Germany, the German Buddhist...

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Junta Gives Food, Cash, to Buddhist Monks

October 8, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Australian

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,22549354-12377,00.html

Buddhist monks last month declared a boycott on donations from soldiers and their families as they spearheaded protests which brought as many as 100,000 people onto the streets of the nation's main city.

The monks were beaten and arrested when the ruling generals reacted to the biggest threat to their...

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Secret Cremations Hide Burma Killings

October 7, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Times

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article2604151.ece

THE Burmese army has burnt an undetermined number of bodies at a crematorium sealed off by armed guards northeast of Rangoon over the past seven days, ensuring that the exact death toll in the recent pro-democracy protests will never be known.

The secret cremations have been reported by local people who have seen olive...

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Anti-Religious Sentiments on Rise in Korea after Slanderous Incidents

October 7, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Buddhist Channel/Yonhap News

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=45,5114,0,0,1,0

Anti-religious sentiments have emerged in South Korea following a series of headline-making scandals involving religious communities.

The Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism, the largest Buddhist group in South Korea, held a meeting of the representative council of parishoners on Friday. The Jogye Order has about 2,300...

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Finding Minnesota: Buddhist Temple In South Suburb

October 7, 2007

Author: Jeanette Trompeter

Source: The Buddhist Channel

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=62,5125,0,0,1,0

Farmington, Minn. (USA) -- Minnesota may not be the first place you think of when you consider the element of cultural diversity, but it is out there. The state has a rich tapestry of thriving ethnic and religious communities.

It is not exactly what one would expect to find in the middle of a Minnesota bedroom community...

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Laura Bush Calls on UN to Denounce Myanmar Government

October 6, 2007

Author: Steven Lee Myers

Source: International Herald Tribune

http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/09/06/asia/myanmar.php

When the military government in Myanmar began crushing street demonstrations last month, the U.S. State Department protested. President George W. Bush later issued a statement condemning the arrests of protesters.

The administration's most forceful response, though, came from Laura Bush.

In a gesture of public...

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City Displaying Burma Solidarity

October 6, 2007

Author: Arthur Strain

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/7031685.stm

It is happening on the other side of the globe, but the citizens of Belfast have been showing solidarity with the people of strife-torn Burma.

In the shadow of the Ring of Thanksgiving on Saturday red was the colour for those attending a protest at the military crackdown in the country.

Up to 200 people turned out at the protest,...

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Brown Calls for More EU Sanctions on Myanmar

October 6, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Reuters

http://uk.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUKL0641657420071006

Prime Minister Gordon Brown called on Saturday for international pressure to be increased on Myanmar's ruling generals and tougher sanctions from the European Union.

Brown was meeting a delegation of Myanmar democracy campaigners as part of a global day of protests.

"I want the EU to impose further sanctions on the regime...

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Where are Myanmar's monks?

October 2, 2007

Author: GEOFFREY YORK

Source: The Buddhist Channel/The Globe and Mail

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=51,5075,0,0,1,0

After paying a heavy price for their uprising, Myanmar's monks are nursing their wounds and hoping for international action against the military junta that crushed their peaceful protests with bullets and tear gas.

A new estimate by a well-connected dissident group has concluded that 138 people were killed...

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