Buddhism

Proposed Thai Buddhist Temple in Scotland Would be the Second in Europe

May 4, 2004

Source: Edinburgh Evening News

http://edinburghnews.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=506972004

On May 4, 2004 the Edinburgh Evening News reported, "A Thai Buddhist temple is set to be built in Edinburgh. Backers hope to recreate the magnificence of Bangkok’s famous Wat Po Temple at a city site. If built, it would be only the second Thai Buddhist temple in Europe. The Scottish Thai community has launched a £1 million campaign to get the project off the ground. The...

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Proposed Buddhist Center Meets Zoning Opposition in CA

May 4, 2004

Source: The North County Times

http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2004/05/02/news/inland/22_23_005_1_04.txt

On May 4, 2004 The North County Times reported, " A center that supporters say is intended as a place for meditation and reflection has neighbors feeling anything but peaceful. Those neighbors say they plan to turn out in force Tuesday when the Bonsall Community Sponsor Group considers plans for the Dai Dang Meditation Center at 6326 Camino del...

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Roots of Conflict in Muslim-Dominated South Go Back Centuries

May 3, 2004

Source: The Manila Times

http://www.manilatimes.net/national/2004/may/03/yehey/world/20040503wor2.html

On May 3, 2004 The Manila Times ran an Agence France Presse article giving history behind the current conflict in the predominantly-Muslim south of Thailand: "A wave of violence which has hit Thailand’s restive Muslim-dominated south this year, culminating in bloody clashes that left 113 dead, has its roots in a separatist...

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Buddhists Celebrate Vesakha

May 1, 2004

Source: The Register-Guard

http://www.registerguard.com/news/2004/05/01/f4.rel.trimcol.0501.html

On May 1, 2004 The Register-Guard reported, "Each spring, Buddhists throughout the world celebrate the holiday of Vesakha, or Wesak. This day honors the birth, life and teaching of Shakyamuni Buddha. Early Buddhist scriptures recount that the Buddha was born, enlightened and died on the eighth day of the fourth lunar month, 'Vesakha.' Whereas in southern...

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Concern Over Gender Discrimination Surrounds Proposed UNESCO Heritage Site

May 1, 2004

Source: The Japan Times

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/getarticle.pl5?nn20040501f1.htm

On May 1, 2004 The Japan Times reported, "The government's bid to have a sacred area in western Japan registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site is being challenged by those who claim it reinforces gender discrimination. A sign next to one of the four 'kekkai mon' gates that lead to Ominesanji Temple explains in English and Japanese that women are not...

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Two Voices on the Role of Religion in Democracy

May 1, 2004

Source: The Kansas City Star

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascitystar/living/religion/8560007.htm

On May 1, 2004 The Kansas City Star published responses by a Buddhist monk and a Baptist Reverend to the question: "Should religion play a part in our democratic system of government?" The Rev. Tony Cobbins, pastor of Canaan Missionary Baptist Church, said: "I personally feel that religion should definitely play a role in the democratic process......

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Pre-World Parliament of Religions Meeting in Jerusalem Addresses Religion and Violence

April 30, 2004

Source: National Catholic Reporter

http://ncronline.org/NCR_Online/archives2/2004b/043004/043004f.php

On April 30, 2004 the National Catholic Reporter reported, "We had gathered here March 2 and 3 at the Rachem Rachel Hotel on the outskirts of Jerusalem at the invitation of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions. The parliament will hold a major convocation in July in Barcelona, Spain, expected to draw upwards of 10,000 people. One...

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Indian Buddhist Monk Finds Support in Maine

April 30, 2004

Source: The Portland Press Herald

http://www.pressherald.com/mainelife/stories/040425monk.shtml

On April 30, 2004 The Portland Press Herald reported, "People come to Maine every year for the scenery, for the nature, for relaxation. Geshe Lobzang Tsetan comes here ever year too. For the people. Tsetan, a Buddhist monk who founded a school in northern India, has found a solid foundation of support and friendship in Maine. The 66-year-old teacher has been...

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Vatican's Vesakh Greeting to Buddhists Focuses on Need to Care for Childreen

April 30, 2004

Source: Zenit

http://www.zenit.org/english/visualizza.phtml?sid=52887

On April 30, 2004 Zenit distributed a statement by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, to Buddhists on the occasion of Vesakh, a Buddhist religious holiday. The statement addressed the common need to address issues among children and youth: "I am writing to you again this year to express my heartfelt greetings on the occasion of your festival of Vesakh. I pray that each and every...

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Former Utah Chief Justice Becomes Buddhist Monk

April 30, 2004

Source: The Deseret Morning News

http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,595058204,00.html

On April 30, 2004 The Deseret Morning News reported, "The robe is black, with a rope around the waist and fabric that drapes voluminously through the sleeves. So now, as Mike Zimmerman stands before his teacher and prepares to sit, he must arrange the robe just so, folding and tucking and folding some more. He once was chief justice of the Utah Supreme Court. In those days he...

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Shambala Meditation Teaches Spirituality Within the World

April 30, 2004

Source: The Religion and Ethics Newsweekly

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/week735/belief.html

On April 30, 2004 The Religion and Ethics Newsweekly reported, "Buddhist meditation techniques are widely popular, and one such method is called Shambhala meditation, a simplified version of Tibetan practice. Recently, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, author and meditation leader, told a group of beginners to relax, note their breathing, set aside their thoughts,...

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Buddhist Abess Brings Vision to Zen Monastery in CA

April 29, 2004

Source: The ContraCosta Times

http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/8547684.htm

On April 29, 2004 The ContraCosta Times reported "Jian Pin Shi had her whole life mapped out in front of her. Born and raised in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, she obtained bachelor's and master's degrees in English literature from two of the nation's top universities. English literature was her passion; she longed to share her knowledge through teaching. But a visit to Ling Chuan...

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Security Forces Kill Over 100 Militants in Muslim South

April 29, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A48573-2004Apr28.html?referrer=email

On April 29, 2004 The Washington Post reported, "Thai security forces repulsed a coordinated attack by scores of Islamic fighters against police posts in three provinces on Wednesday, killing at least 107 of the fighters in an attempt to quell a simmering insurgency in the Muslim-majority south, authorities reported. The assault...

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