Buddhism

Two Buddhist Women Teachers Attacked in School in Southern Thailand

May 22, 2006

Source: Boston Globe

Wire Service: Reuters

http://www.boston.com/news/world/asia/articles/2006/05/22/schools_in_muslim_thai_south_closed_after_attack/

On May 22, 2006 Reuters reported, "More than 100 government schools in Thailand's rebellious Muslim far south were closed on Monday after villagers abducted and beat two women Buddhist teachers, leaving one in a coma, officials said....

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Confucianists Seek Religious Status in China

May 22, 2006

Source: United Press International

http://www.wpherald.com/print.php?StoryID=20060522-101524-8088r

On May 22, 2006 the United Press International reported, "Confucianists in Hong Kong are seeking inclusion among religions recognized by the Chinese government, on a par with Buddhism, Taosim, Christianity and Islam.

Tong Yun-kai, president of Hong Kong's Confucian Academy, is leading the campaign to register Confucianism as a major Chinese religion...

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Opinion: "How One School District Found Religion" by Emile Lester and Patrick S. Roberts

May 22, 2006

Source: USA Today

http://news.yahoo.com/s/usatoday/20060522/cm_usatoday/howoneschooldistrictfoundreligion

On May 22, 2006 USA Today published an opinion piece by religion professors Emile Lester and Patrick S. Roberts: "In 2000, the religiously diverse community [of Modesto in Northern California] took a risk and, in an almost unheard-of undertaking for a public school district, offered a required course on world religions and...

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Interfaith Meeting in Swansea to Promote Peaceful Societies

May 21, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_west/5000986.stm

On May 21, 2006 BBC News reported, "Organisers of a conference bringing together religious and community leaders in Swansea say they hope to increase understanding among faiths. The public have been invited to Sunday's event, which will include addresses from representatives of six major faiths and an open debate. The meeting has been promoted with the motto 'Love for all, hatred for none.'...

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Malaysia's Multi-Faith Credentials Called into Question

May 16, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/4965580.stm

On May 16, 2006 BBC News reported, "Malaysia is considering its multi-cultural credentials after a crowd of Muslims on Sunday broke up a meeting called to defend the rights of religious minorities.

The country's leaders condemned the disturbances, but the BBC's Jonathan Kent in Kuala Lumpur says non-Muslims feel increasingly beleaguered.

'I'm becoming an alien in...

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Buddhist Economists Make a Plea for their Economic Principles

May 15, 2006

Source: Hindustan Times

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/7752_1698433,004100180006.htm

On May 15, 2006 the Hindustan Times reported, "Sri Lanka's Buddhist economists say that the cure for world-wide ills like poverty, inequality, insecurity and violence lies in abandoning Western economic theories and models and adopting Buddhist economics - economic principles enunciated by Gautama Buddha, more than 2500 years ago. The Buddha proposed that the pursuit,...

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Buddhists Celebrate Vesak While Some Prepare for War

May 14, 2006

Source: Boston Herald

Wire Service: AP

http://news.bostonherald.com/international/view.bg?articleid=139270

On May 14, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "In this Tamil rebel stronghold, hundreds of people stood in long lines over the weekend, stocking up on food and fuel and preparing for war. Across much of the rest of Sri Lanka, there were long lines too - but lines of revelers taking part in celebrations marking...

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Devotees Walk in Procession to Honor the Buddha's Birth in Kuala Lumpur

May 12, 2006

Source: The Star

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2006/5/12/nation/14226814&sec=nation

On May 12, 2006 The Star reported, "Around 1,000 devotees walked 7km in a procession along several major roads here to commemorate Wesak Day, the day of Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death. The procession yesterday, organised by the Sri Lanka Buddhist Temple in Sentul, included five beautifully decorated and brightly lit floats. Four...

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Update: Modesto World Religious Course Deemed a Success

May 12, 2006

Source: The Modesto Bee

http://www.modbee.com/local/story/12172941p-12917826c.html

On May 12, 2006 The Modesto Bee reported, "Since 2000, all ninth-graders [at Modesto City Schools] have been required to take a nine-week World Religions course on Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Sikhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. 'We teach the geography, history and give a description of each religion,' said Yvonne Taylor, a Johansen High School teacher. 'We provide a...

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Baha'is Participate in Interfaith Earth Day Effort in Marquette

May 11, 2006

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story/449

On May 11, 2006 the Baha'i World News Service reported, "Just nine years old, Eve McCowen was dwarfed by the huge piles of unwanted electronic equipment that quickly accumulated in the parking lot of the Messiah Lutheran Church on Earth Day 2006. But she was nevertheless one of the first to run up to an arriving car that needed to be unloaded as residents brought old stereos, defunct computers, and broken television sets...

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Kofi Annan Salutes Vesak

May 11, 2006

Source: Tricycle

http://www.tricycle.com/issues/breakingnews/2495-1.html

On May 11, 2006 Tricycle reported, "Speaking at the United Nations today, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan paid tribute to the Buddhist holiday of Vesak and stressed the importance of recognizing the interdependence of the world's people. The Vesak Festival, one of the most important holidays on the Buddhist calendar, especially in [S]outheast Asia and Sri Lanka, is celebrated on the first full...

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