Buddhism

Buddhists Celebrate Bodhi Day in HI

December 4, 2004

Source: Honolulu Star Bulletin

http://starbulletin.com/2004/12/04/features/story6.html

On December 4, 2004 Honolulu Star Bulletin reported, "members of seven Buddhist denominations will celebrate the founding of their religion tomorrow in a Bodhi Day service that is open to the public... The Rev. Jion Donald Prosser, an American who studied Buddhism in Japan and was ordained in the Tendai sect, will be the guest speaker. Now a resident of Minnesota, he conducts...

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World Buddhist Conference Opens in Nepal, Buddhists Pray for World Peace

December 1, 2004

Source: The Daily Times

Wire Service: AFP

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_1-12-2004_pg4_23

On December 1, 2004 Agence France-Presse reported, "Buddhist monks prayed for world peace Tuesday at the start of a conference in the Nepal village of Lumbini - revered as Buddha’s birthplace - that is aimed at promoting the site as a 'city of world peace.' Soon after the World Buddhist Conference opened,...

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Buddhists and Assimilation in LA

December 1, 2004

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-buddhist1dec01.story

On December 1, 2004 the Los Angeles Times reported, "in an elaborate ritual reminiscent of ancient Japan, a procession of children in golden crowns and painted faces, traditional court musicians and silk-robed Buddhist priests recently wended its way through Little Tokyo in Los Angeles. The occasion was the 100-year anniversary of the oldest Buddhist temple in Los Angeles,...

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Faiths Come Together to Fight AIDS Epidemic

December 1, 2004

Source: Inter Press Service News Agency

http://www.ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=26501

On December 1, 2004 Inter Press Service News Agency reported, "Fear of a rapidly spreading HIV/AIDS epidemic in India has resulted in a rare coming together of the country's several religious faiths that are known to have a tremendous influence on their respective flocks. Much of the credit for the new initiative must go to Bishop Pradeep Samantaroy, chairperson of the Synodical Board...

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Buddhism's History in Russia Linked to Mongolian Nomads

November 30, 2004

Source: Slate

http://slate.msn.com/id/2110255/

On November 30, 2004 Slate reported, "After denying the Dalai Lama's visa requests for years, Russia has finally relented and allowed the Buddhist spiritual leader to visit the country. He will spend most of his time in the southern republic of Kalmykia, half of whose 300,000 residents are practicing Buddhists. How did there come to be so many Buddhists living in Kalmykia, an Ireland-sized region on Europe's eastern edge, thousands of miles...

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Christmas and Buddhism Meet in Bangkok

November 27, 2004

Source: International Herald Tribune

http://www.iht.com/articles/2004/11/30/opinion/rthai.html

On November 27, 2004 International Herald Tribune ran a feature article/opinion piece , "At every turn in this ancient citadel of Buddhist culture [Bangkok, Thailand], a visitor is struck by the contrast of non-material ascetism and material delight. This is especially the case when White Christmas arrives through the airwaves of tropical Bangkok's department stores in...

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Government Allows Dalai Lama to Visit

November 26, 2004

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2004/11/26/international0815EST0472.DTL

On November 26, 2004 San Francisco Chronicle reported, "The Foreign Ministry has decided to grant the Dalai Lama a visa, reversing course after refusing earlier requests amid China's objections to allowing the spiritual leader to visit Russia, a spokesman said Friday. The Dalai Lama would...

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Interfaith Thanksgiving in Denver

November 26, 2004

Source: Rocky Mountain News

http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/religion/article/0,1299,DRMN_61_3355695,00.html

On November 26, 2004 Rocky Mountain News reported, "nearly 600 people gathered Thursday to break bread, pray, sing America the Beautiful and laugh at Rabbi Steven Foster's vintage quips. Once again, Denver's long-running interfaith service helped launch Thanksgiving in multicultural style... Started in the 1880s, this year'...

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Largest Shaolin Buddhist Temple Outside China Opens in Berlin

November 26, 2004

Source: Deutsche Welle

http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,1408550,00.html?maca=en-moreover-topstories-eng-566-rdf

On November 26, 2004 Deutsche Welle reported, "The ancient order of the Shaolin fighting monks have a new home in the German capital after the largest Shaolin Buddhist temple outside China opened in Berlin on Thursday...Shaolin is a school of Buddhism, founded in the middle of the first millenneum in the Henan...

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Buddhist Festival of Thanksgiving in Marina, CA

November 25, 2004

Source: Monterey Herald

http://www.montereyherald.com/mld/montereyherald/news/local/10270940.htm

On November 25, 2004 Monterey Herald reported, "a festival celebrating Thai culture is floating to Marina [CA] for the first time this weekend. The Loy Kratong festival is part Thanksgiving, part Valentine's Day and part toy boat race. The name refers to small boats, made of banana leaves or colored paper, that celebrants use to float flower arrangements...

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CA Buddhist Temple Celebrates End of Rainy Season

November 21, 2004

Source: North County Times

http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2004/11/22/news/community/11_21_0420_12_26.txt

On November 21, 2004 North County Times reported, "just hours after storm clouds cleared from a massive rainstorm Sunday morning, the Thai Buddhist Temple in Escondido celebrated the Kathina, a yearly celebration marking the ceremonial end to the eastern rainy season. The yearly celebration at the temple, which coincidentally took place...

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Interfaith Vigil Prays for Peace in South

November 19, 2004

Source: Phuket Gazette

http://www.phuketgazette.net/news/index.asp?id=3796

On November 19, 2004 the Phuket Gazette reported, "About 500 people, including local leaders of the major faiths in Thailand, held a mass session yesterday to pray for peace to return to the troubled provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat.

The congregation gathered at Phuket Provincial Hall in�support of the government’s call for mass prayer, which Phuket Governor Udomsak...

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