Buddhism

Buddhist Chaplain Candidate Trains at Fort Carson

August 7, 2007

Author: Mark Hanrahan

Source: News First

http://www.koaa.com/news/view.asp?ID=8545

Lieutenant Somya Malasri isn't your average soldier. He joined the Army at age 35, after spending more than 10 years as a Buddhist monk. Malasri grew up in Thailand, and he is now training to become the first Buddhist chaplain in the Army. A decision that forced him to give up his title as a monk. "I had to change my status to 'minister' because a Buddhist monk cannot be a...

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Californian Catholics Against Teaching of Meditation in Public Schools

August 6, 2007

Source: The Buddhist Channel

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=65,4611,0,0,1,0

Oakland, CA (USA) -- At Oakland’s Emerson Elementary School, students may not be able to say a public “Our Father,” but they can publicly practice “mindfulness” techniques, adapted from Buddhism, in which “the children learn to follow their breath, watch their thoughts and focus their attention by listening to the tone of a Tibetan singing bowl...

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Tibetans 'Held after China Rally'

August 3, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/6929462.stm

A group of Tibetans were arrested in western China after public calls for the return of Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, reports say.

The incident took place on 1 August at a festival in Litang town in western Sichuan, Radio Free Asia and the International Campaign for Tibet said.

Local resident Runggye Adak was...

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Atlanta Gets First Zen Master

August 3, 2007

Author: MONI BASU

Source: The Buddhist Channel

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=61,4596,0,0,1,0

Atlanta, Georgia (USA) -- The way Taiun Michael Elliston proposes you wake up is to plant yourself on a black-cushioned bench facing a blank wall and sit still. In silence. And keep sitting.

His disciples follow him into a small sanctuary near Emory University. They endure what is seemingly easy, but difficult to do. Human minds...

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China Insists on Naming Living Buddhas

August 3, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/world/asia/articles/2007/08/03/china_insists_on_naming_living_buddhas/

BEIJING --Ratcheting up its control over Tibetan Buddhism, China on Friday asserted the sole right to recognize living Buddhas, reincarnations of famous lamas that form the backbone of the religion's clergy.

All future incarnations of living Buddhas...

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Thailand Seeks Closer Ties with Muslim Nations

August 3, 2007

Author: Ron Corben

Source: VOA News

http://www.voanews.com/english/2007-08-03-voa11.cfm

The Thai Government is seeking closer links with Muslim countries, part of a two-pronged strategy to end separatist violence in three of its southern provinces. Even as the government was announcing the plan, at least 13 more people died in the area this week in bombing and shooting attacks. Ron Corben reports from Bangkok.

A security report released by...

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New Zendo to be Setup in Phoenix, Arizona

July 30, 2007

Source: The Buddhist Channel

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=64,4560,0,0,1,0

Sedgwick, Maine (USA) -- The Engaged Zen Foundation is pleased to announce the formation of a new Zendo for the City of Phoenix, Arizona. The zendo temple has been named "Daihisan (Great Pain Relieving Mountain) - Jigen-ji (Compassionate Eye Temple)" by Ven. Shodo Harada, Roshi abbot of Sogen-ji monastery in Okayama, Japan.

The Engaged Zen Foundation envisions the creation...

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Buddhist Temple Celebrates Obon

July 29, 2007

Author: SUNITA VIJAYAN

Source: The Buddhist Channel

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=65,4569,0,0,1,0

Salinas, CA (USA) -- The gloomy cast of the sky was in direct contrast to the cheery atmosphere at today's annual Obon Festival in Salinas.

The intricate art of ikebana (Japanese flower arrangement) and tea ceremony demonstrations were just some of the many things available at this year’s celebration, held for nine...

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Thai Security Forces Accused of Beating Suspected Muslim Insurgent to Death

July 28, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: International Herald Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/07/28/asia/AS-GEN-Thailand-Southern-Violence.php

BANGKOK, Thailand: Security forces beat to death a Muslim man suspected in the execution-style slaughter of eight Buddhists in Thailand's insurgency-plagued south, a human rights group claimed Saturday.

The prime...

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Festival-Goers Ordered to Wear Fur or Face Fines as China Flouts Dalai Lama’s Ruling

July 27, 2007

Author: Jane Macartney

Source: The Buddhist Channel/The Times

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=70,4561,0,0,1,0

Yushu, China -- Tsedang is reluctant to don his traditional Tibetan fur-trimmed robe at the Yushu annual horse-racing festival. It is not what the Dalai Lama would want.

But the 20-year-old student has no choice. The command has come down from the Government of the remote Chinese county that he must defy his...

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Hundreds of Buddhist Monks to Spend Buddhist Lent in Violence-Wrecked Southern Thailand

July 25, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: International Herald Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/07/25/asia/AS-GEN-Thailand-Southern-Violence.php

BANGKOK, Thailand: Hundreds of yellow-robed Buddhist monks arrived in Muslim-dominated southern Thailand on Wednesday at the start of Buddhist Lent in the hope their presence will promote peace in the insurgency-wracked region....

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