Singapore To Host International Buddhist Film Festival

May 1, 2007

Author: Joshua Chase

Source: All Headline News


Hong Kong, China (AHN) - For the first time ever, the International Buddhist Film Festival will be held in an Asian country. The festival starts May 17 in Singapore.

Organized by the Asian Buddhist Film Festival in conjunction with the Buddhist Film Society, an Oakland, California-based non-profit, the festival will span four days.


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First Theravada Buddhist Temple in Area Dedicated

April 30, 2007

Author: Karen Kane

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


The dedication yesterday of the Pittsburgh Buddhist Center in Harrison was a feast for the senses.

There were monks swaddled in yards of orange cotton, the traditional ancient vestment of Buddhist priests; dark-haired, dark-eyed women in long dresses topped with saris; spicy-sweet smells from tables loaded with bowls brimming with food; the...

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Friction Surprises Buddhist Leaders

April 29, 2007

Author: Rosa Salter Rodriguez

Source: Journal Gazette/Buddhist Channel


Fort Wayne, Indiana (USA) -- To many, it looks like ordinary gray pea gravel. But to some in southeast Fort Wayne, it marks a religious and cultural divide.

The gravel, in the front yard of Jetavan Vihara Temple at 1204 Sylvia St. off Decatur Road, showed up a year or so ago – after neighbors...

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Celebrating Buddha's Birthday

April 29, 2007

Author: Brooke Williams

Source: Union-Tribune/Buddhist Channel


Vista, CA (USA) -- People of all ages and backgrounds gathered at white picnic tables in the parking lot of the Vista Buddhist Temple yesterday to celebrate birthdays.

Not just the birthday of Buddha, but the birthdays that give each person a chance to bloom.

“You might say this weekend is a big...

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Building a Buddhist Fellowship

April 28, 2007

Author: Mirko Petricevic

Source: The Buddhist Channel


KITCHENER, Ontario (Canada) -- Hands flail and voices rise at the Phommaviharam Buddhist Temple. About a dozen monks and lay people sitting around a table hash out details of an event they're staging at Kitchener City Hall next month.

At first glance, it looks like just another lively planning meeting.

But it's...

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San Jose Monks Await Dalai Lama

April 24, 2007

Author: Mike Cassidy

Source: Contra Costa Times


Thupten Donyo's business is all about calm, but this, well, this is testing even the Tibetan monk's sense of serenity.

It's just days before Donyo and the four other monks from his tiny San Jose monastery will host a Bay Area visit by the Dalai Lama.

Yes. The Dalai Lama. Nobel Prize winner. Head of state in exile. Spiritual...

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Buddhist Rally Alarms Surayud

April 24, 2007

Source: Bangkok Post


Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont yesterday suggested that there could be an ulterior motive behind a mass rally to press for Buddhism to be recognised as the state religion in the new constitution. He said things could not be taken at face value when asked to comment on an observation that the demonstration had a hidden agenda.

The prime minister said the issue should be resolved through...

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Constitution Debate 'Buddhism Defines Thailand'

April 23, 2007

Source: The Buddhist Channel/The Nation


Bangkok, Thailand -- Buddhist groups are increasing pressure to have the faith recognised as the national religion in the new constitution. They have threatened to reject the charter if it is not. Movement leader General Thongchai Kuersakul talks to Pravit Rojanaphruk.

Below are excerpts.

Why is there a need to have a national religion?


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A Boost for Buddhists in Shah Alam

April 23, 2007


Source: The Buddhist Channel/The Star


Shah Alam, Selangor (Malaysia) -- MEMBERS of the Shah Alam Buddhist Society (SABS) now have a more spacious building in Section 32, Bukit Rimau. Work on the two-storey building is 90% complete. Construction work started in March 2005.

Spread over 60,000 sq ft, the building cost more than RM5mil to build and funds...

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Buddhists Bring Purification Rite to U.S.

April 22, 2007

Author: Yvonne Villarreal

Source: The Buddhist Channel/The Los Angeles Times


Los Angeles, CA (USA) -- Nearly 3,000 people, mostly Buddhists from around the world, gathered in Yorba Linda on Saturday to take part in a fiery 1,300-year-old purification ritual that organizers say has never been open to the public

The Shinnyo-en Order of Japan held the annual Saito Homa Fire...

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