Buddhism

Council Considers Adding Prayer at End of Meetings

October 11, 2006

Author: MICHAEL LAFLEUR

Source: Lowell Sun

http://www.lowellsun.com/local/ci_4475500

Though unwilling to end their practice of opening meetings with a Christian prayer, some city councilors last night offered a potential compromise on the long-held tradition.

Councilor Jim Milinazzo, chairman of the council's rules subcommittee, told members of the Greater Lowell Interfaith Leadership Alliance, or GLILA, that he would consider recommending that his...

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SGI President Awarded 200th Academic Honor, Calls for Stronger Japan-China Cooperation on Environment

October 10, 2006

Source: PRNewswire

http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/061010/lntu004.html?.v=36

In a ceremony at Soka University on October 7, Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) lay Buddhist organization, was awarded an honorary professorship from Beijing Normal University, bringing to 200 the number of honorary doctorates, professorships and equivalent honors given in recognition of his efforts to promote peace through dialogue, citizen diplomacy and cross-cultural...

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Colorful Creations, Spiritual Lessons from Buddhist Monks

October 9, 2006

Author: MICHELLE MASKALY

Source: The Buddhist Channel/Staten Island Advance

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=60,3279,0,0,1,0

In a symbol of their belief that everything with a beginning must come to an end, an elaborate and colorful sand diagram was swept away in minutes yesterday by the same lamas who spent three days creating it.

Lama Pema Wangdak from Tibet, Lama Kunga Dhondup from Napal and Lama Guru Gyaltsen from India...

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Stafford Boasts of 51 Different Houses of Worship

October 2, 2006

Source: KLTV

http://www.kltv.com/Global/story.asp?S=5484604

On October 2, 2006 KLTV reported, "Four times a day, Hindu devotees flock to Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, a spectacular temple erected not in India or Nepal, but in Stafford, Texas. 'We felt something divine about this particular location,' said temple member Nilkanth Patel. Hindus aren't the only ones drawn to Stafford. In a town with just one movie theater, two grocery stores, and 14 gas stations, there are 51...

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Yale Chaplaincy Search Proves Challenging in an Era of Pluralism

October 2, 2006

Source: Yale Daily News

http://www.yaledailynews.com/Article.aspx?ArticleID=33501

On October 2, 2006 the Yale Daily News reported, "The music is raucous, there is dancing in the aisles, and the band would not be complete without that clarinet. Dozens of polo shirt-clad students clap and stamp their feet singing the refrain. 'I will bless the Lord. Bless the Lord at all times!' This is the scene at the first All-Campus worship of the 2006-’07 school year, a...

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"Compromise on Torture Violates American Values" by Diana Gibson and Craig Wiesner

October 1, 2006

Source: The Mercury News

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/opinion/15654177.htm

On October 1, 2006 The Mercury News published an opinion piece by Diana Gibson and Craig Wiesner, members of the Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice, "During the exact time that the so-called 'compromise' on torture was being discussed in Congress, religious leaders gathered in Palo Alto to make their concerns about torture heard loud and clear. Muslims,...

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Vietnamese Monk Fears Ban on Re-entry After Award

September 28, 2006

Source: The Buddhist Channel

Wire Service: Reuters

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=55,3241,0,0,1,0

HANOI, Vietnam -- A Buddhist monk, who is confined by the Vietnamese government to his monastery, fears he would be prevented from returning to Vietnam if he travelled to Norway to receive a human rights award, his supporters said.

In a statement late on Wednesday, the Geneva-based Vietnam Committee on Human Rights said...

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Buddhist Research Center to Open in Israel

September 28, 2006

Source: The Buddhist Channel/Israel Center for the Study of Buddhism

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=71,3242,0,0,1,0

On September 28, 2006 the Israel Center for the Study of Buddhism reported, "The Middle East is one of the most unlikely places in the world to study Buddhism, or the Far East for that matter. But all that is hopefully going to change. The Israel Center for the Study of Buddhism (ICSB) is a non-profit, interdisciplinary and...

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"Religious Leaders Organize Nonviolent Civil Disobedience Call to End War in Iraq"

September 26, 2006

Source: Buddhist Peace Fellowship press release

On September 26, 2006 a Buddhist Peace Fellowship press release reported, "Against the backdrop of reports that U.S. intelligence agencies conclude that the Iraq war is increasing the threat of terrorism, some of the country's leading religious and activist groups will participate in nonviolent civil disobedience in Washington, D.C. to call for an end to the military occupation of Iraq. The action on Tuesday, September 26, will be preceded by a rally at 10am in Upper Senate Park (Delaware and Constitution Aves...

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2007 World Buddhist Assembly to be Held in Pakistan

September 25, 2006

Source: Dawn

http://www.dawn.com/2006/09/25/nat10.htm

On September 25, 2006 Dawn reported, "[The] Federal Minister for Tourism, Nilofar Bakhtiar, has said that Pakistan will host [the] 'World Buddhist Assembly' next year. Inaugurating Pakistan’s booth at [the JATA World Tourism Congress and Travel Fair], the minister said the decision to hold Buddhist assembly was made in a meeting with the visiting Buddhist delegation. She also declared that 2007 would be the 'Year of...

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Nepalese Organization Hosts International Interfaith Youth Conference on Peace

September 25, 2006

Source: Peace Journalism

http://peacejournalism.com/ReadArticle.asp?ArticleID=11067

On September 25, 2006 Peace Journalism reported, "Hindu Vidyapeeth Nepal (HVP) organised an international youth conference for peace with the theme of 'Deepening our Spirituality' in the capital. The conference began on September 23 with peace prayers by the priests and leaders of different faiths including Hindus, Buddhists, [Muslims], Christians, [Baha'is] and Jews... 20...

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Jain Leaders Demand Separate Recognition in Anti-Conversion Law

September 24, 2006

Source: Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/2022865.cms

On September 24, 2006 the Times of India reported, "Agitated over the Gujarat government's move to club them with Hindus, Jain leaders have cited a letter written by the government of first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru that contained an assurance that the community's distinct religious character would be protected. Circulating the letter to the media, the Digambar Jain...

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Panchen Lama Offers Services, Blessings in Southern Tibet

September 24, 2006

Source: PLA Daily Online

http://english.chinamil.com.cn/site2/news-channels/2006-09/25/content_598184.htm

On September 24, 2006 the PLA Daily Online reported, "The 11th Panchen Lama was welcomed on Saturday by ten thousand followers to Tibet's Baiqoi Monastery where he held a Buddhist ritual. Built in the early 15th century, the monastery, located in Gyangze County in southern Tibet, is one of the few holy places in Tibet to embrace all...

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Dalai Lama Gives Surprise Talk in Woodstock

September 24, 2006

Source: The Edmonton Journal

Wire Service: AP

http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/story.html?id=e3b208b9-d44f-4bd8-95c7-130248585aaa

On September 24, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "The Dalai Lama took Woodstock by surprise, offering a speech on world peace to about 2,000 people who gathered in a park on word-of-mouth alone. The spiritual leader to Buddhists worldwide squeezed in the...

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