Buddhism

More Americans Turn to Buddhism in Vermont

January 11, 2006

Source: The Buddhist Channel/Voice of America

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=2,2197,0,0,1,0

On January 11, 2006 the Voice of America reported, "The religious traditions of most Americans are rooted in the Judaism and Christianity of Europe and the Middle East. However, in recent decades, there has been a growing interest in the spiritual traditions of Asia, especially Buddhism. At a meditation center in the New England state of Vermont, Americans from...

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Monks Pray for World Peace at Buddhism’s Birthplace

January 8, 2006

Source: The Buddhist Channel/New Kerala News

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=1,2175,0,0,1,0

On January 8, 2006 New Kerala News reported, "Hundreds of Buddhist monks from India and abroad offered special prayers at Bodh Gaya, the birthplace of Buddhism, for world peace. The 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the spiritual head of the Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhists, led the prayers Saturday at the Mahabodhi Mahavihara in the Bihar town about 110 km from...

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Editorial: “Teaching Religion in Schools: A More Intelligent Course”

January 8, 2006

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/editorial/13573410.htm

On January 8, 2006 The Philadelphia Inquirer ran an editorial stating, "The 'intelligent design' trial, which concluded with a resounding anti-ID ruling, has exposed a surprising, yawning gap in American education. There's a workable solution - but, alas, you won't be seeing it anytime soon. Problem is, there's no place to put ID in our present public school...

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Tibetan Lama Blesses Antarctica

January 2, 2006

Source: Voice of America

http://www.voanews.com/english/2006-01-02-voa47.cfm

On January 2, 2006 Voice of America reported, "A high Tibetan Buddhist teacher, who earlier blessed South Africa is on a blessing tour of Antarctica. The Venerable Kirti Tsenshab Rinpoche, a highly regarded Tibetan teacher, is undertaking a blessing tour of Antarctica at the request of his Western disciples. Last month he visited and blessed South Africa. A secretary who has been traveling...

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Bloomberg Hosts Annual Interfaith Breakfast

January 1, 2006

Source: The Christian Post

http://www.christianpost.com/article/church/2457/section/ny.mayor.hosts.annual.interfaith.breakfast.looks.for.spiritual.guidance.in.2006/1.htm

On January 1, 2006 The Christian Post reported, "Leaders from different faiths including Judaism, Catholicism, Protestantism, Hinduism and Buddhism attended the Fifth Annual Interfaith Breakfast hosted by Mayor...

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Eastern Connecticut Experiencing Immigration Boom

January 1, 2006

Source: Norwich Bulletin

http://www.norwichbulletin.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060101/NEWS01/601010303/1002

On January 1, 2006 the Norwich Bulletin reported, "[Connecticut's] casino-fueled immigration surge, widely acknowledged in the city as the largest increase since at least World War II, isn't expected to slow in the coming year. Business expansion, including a $700 million addition at Foxwoods Resort Casino, and the...

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Russia Looks to Tibet to Strength Bond with Buddhism

December 31, 2005

Source: The Buddhist Channel

Wire Service: IANS

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=1,2136,0,0,1,0

On December 31, 2005 the Indo-Asian News Service reported, "Once suppressed by the communist regime, Buddhism is again flourishing in Russia. And Moscow wants help from Nepal to embellish its bond with the religion. 'Buddhism is the fourth biggest religion in Russia after Christianity, Islam and Judaism,' says Sergey F. Kiselev...

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Buddhist Center to Be Built in Christian Church in Edinburgh

December 28, 2005

Source: The Scotsman

http://news.scotsman.com/scotland.cfm?id=2465692005

On December 28, 2005 The Scotsman reported, "A Tibetan Lama who wants to buy a disused church in Edinburgh has revealed plans to turn it into a meditation, interfaith and cultural centre that would bring new life to the Old Town. Lama Yeshe Losal, abbot of Samye Ling and director of the Holy Island project, said that, if successful, the Karma Kagyu Buddhist group would convert the former United...

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Kansas City Hosts Interfaith Peace Gathering

December 28, 2005

Source: The Kansas City Star

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/13500522.htm

On December 28, 2005 The Kansas City Star reported, "The Rime Buddhist Center and Monastery will host an interfaith peace gathering as part of the annual World Peace Celebration... Native American smudging, Tibetan Buddhist chanting, prayer and meditation, Sufi dancing and a Muslim 'call to prayer' are part of the program, which aims to bring different cultures together. The Rev. Bob...

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Chinese Government Touts Panchen Lama as New Tibetan Leader

December 19, 2005

Source: TurkishPress.com

Wire Service: AFP

http://www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=91312

On December 19, 2005 Agence France-Presse reported, "China is raising the profile of a teenage boy it selected as the 11th Panchen Lama, allowing him to perform a ceremony attended by thousands of worshippers, state media reports revealed. Beijing chose Gyaincain Norbu when he was six years old to be the 11th Panchen Lama, the second highest spiritual...

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Thangka Painting Remains Important Art Form for Central Asian Buddhists

December 18, 2005

Source: The Buddhist Channel/The Star

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=5,2080,0,0,1,0

On December 18, 2005 The Star reported, "It isn’t easy to be a thangka painter. Traditionally, you can’t create thangkas for sale. And you can’t deviate from form and colour set down centuries ago Born of a deeply embedded spirituality in the lives of Tibetans, thangkas are supposed to embody the painter’s spirituality, giving every piece a...

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New Book Maps Spiritual Landscape of Maine

December 17, 2005

Source: Bangor Daily News

http://www.bangornews.com/news/templates/?a=125338

On December 17, 2005 the Bangor Daily News reported, "Ever feel tempted to consult a shaman? Or learn how to be a shaman? Interested in finding out about solstice celebrations conducted by local pagans? Wondering what Swedenborgianism is all about? Curious about the much-persecuted Baha'i Faith? Looking to find a compatible meditation group? Information on these topics and many, many more can...

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Over 91 Million People Expected to Visit Shinto Shrines and Buddhist Temples At New Year

December 16, 2005

Source: The Japan Times

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/getarticle.pl5?nn20051216b1.htm

On December 16, 2005 The Japan Times reported, "More than 91 million people are expected to visit shrines and temples during the first three days of 2006 if the weather is good during the holiday season, the National Police Agency said Thursday. The NPA estimates 91.64 million people nationwide will visit Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples during the first three...

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Wilmette High Schooler, a Practicing Buddhist, Uses Meditation to Improve Athletic Performance

December 15, 2005

Source: The Buddhist Channel/Glencoe News

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=7,2071,0,0,1,0

On December 15, 2005 Glencoe News reported, "Mental toughness in an athlete isn't something that's easy to define. But one path to achieving that goal is through meditation. Just ask Kelly Lehmann.

As a member of the fastest New Trier girls cross country team in school history -- and a practicing Buddhist -- the senior from Wilmette is an example of how...

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