Buddhism

San Francisco Finds a Final Resting Place for the Dead

February 20, 2004

Source: The ContraCosta Times

http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/7993659.htm

On February 20, 2004 The ContraCosta Times reported, "The city has finally found a resting place for the remains of nearly 100 Gold Rush-era San Franciscans unearthed three years ago during construction of the Asian Art Museum. Cypress Lawn Memorial Park in Colma, a small city with 17 cemeteries just south of San Francisco, has offered to take the remains of 97 men, women and...

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Arson at California Buddhist Temple May Have Been a Hate Crime

February 20, 2004

Source: The Mercury News

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/7998091.htm

On February 20, 2004 The Mercury News reported, "San Jose fire officials are looking into whether Wednesday's fire at a Buddhist temple -- already deemed arson -- was also a hate crime.

Investigators brought in specially trained dogs to examine the scene at Pao-Hua Buddhist Temple on McKee Road, and found evidence that a flammable liquid was used to set...

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Political Party of Buddhist Monks Hopes to Gain Control of Country

February 18, 2004

Source: The Hindu

http://www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/holnus/00318191560.htm

On February 18, 2004 The Hindu reported, "Sri Lanka's Buddhist monks, who won a place in history by entering an all-clergy list of candidates of a political party, today said they hoped to become the country's new king-makers by displacing Tamils. 'With the kind of numbers of Buddhists in the country, we should at least in theory have the possibility of becoming the main decisive power,'...

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Buddhists Demand Control of Temple at Birthplace of Buddhism

February 18, 2004

Source: KeralaNext.com

http://www.keralanext.com/news/index.asp?id=26983

On February 18, 2004 KeralaNext.com ran an Indo-Asian News Service article that reported, "Patna, Buddhist monks have reiterated their demand that the management of the Mahabodhi Temple, at Buddhism's birthplace in the Bihar town of Bodh Gaya, be handed over to them. 'The government should first hand over the management to us,' said a senior monk, Priya Pal. This time, the claim has come when...

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City Council Clears Early Buddhist Prayers

February 11, 2004

Source: The Mercury News

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/7926497.htm

On February 11, 2004 The Mercury News reported that "inner peace won out over silent slumber in Mountain View on Tuesday night, as the city council gave Zen Buddhists the right to open a proposed meditation center at 5:30 a.m. -- a little too early for neighbors who fret their sleep will be disturbed by revving car engines and slamming doors. About 30 members of the Kannon Do...

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Buddhists Petition Against Pledge Clause "Under God"

February 11, 2004

Source: Tricycle

http://www.tricycle.com/p_articles_id_178.html

On February 11, 2004 Tricycle reported that "the law firm Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft LLP of New York will be filing an Amicus Brief on behalf of Buddhist temples and organizations who wish to assert that the words 'under God' in the pledge are an affront to their non-theistic beliefs and those of many Buddhist Americans." The article contains a letter from Cadwalader inviting American Buddhist...

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Buddhist Monks' Visit to Catholic Church Met by Protests

February 11, 2004

Source: The Grand Rapids Press

http://www.phayul.com/news/article.aspx?id=6067

On February 11, 2004 The Grand Rapids Press reported, "Those who came to hear harmonious chants and prayers of Buddhist monks at the Basilica of St. Adalbert instead found themselves ousted from the sanctuary by a conservative Catholic splinter group bent on disrupting the performance. The Catholic parish on Grand Rapids' West Side allowed seven Tibetan Buddhist monks into the church Tuesday...

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New Jersey Suburb Sees Influx of Religious Centers

February 9, 2004

Source: The Courier News

http://www.c-n.com/news/c-n/story/0,2111,903589,00.html

On February 9, 2004 The Courier News reported on the influx of religious centers being built in Franklin, a suburb of New Jersey. Muslim, Presbyterian, Jain and Hindu congregations all have plans to build in the area, and existing Jewish, Hindu, and Christian centers are expanding... The township has a tradition of religious diversity, said James Hughes, dean of the Edward J. Bloustein...

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Teacherless Sanghas and American Buddhism

February 8, 2004

Source: Tricycle

http://www.tricycle.com/new.php?p=article&id=162

On February 8, 2004 Tricycle published an article on the increasing number of sanghas operating without resident teachers. According to Tricycle, for those without teachers, "receiving guidance isn’t as simple as consulting a teacher in the next room during a sitting period... it sometimes involves making long trips to Zen centers, or meeting with teachers during retreats. These options are not...

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Diversity in Mississippi

February 6, 2004

Source: The Sun Herald

http://www.sunherald.com/mld/sunherald/7887577.htm

On February 6, 2004 The Sun Herald reported. "Religion in South Mississippi is more diverse than many who live in this strongly Christian region realize. Perhaps no one knows that better than Cindy Brown, an associate professor at the University of Southern Mississippi who spent three years documenting the religious diversity with photographs. Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, Hare Krishnas and Jews...

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Controversy Surrounds UNICEF Calendar With No Hindu or Sikh Holidays

February 5, 2004

Source: Hindustan Times

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_561918,00050003.htm

On February 5, 2004 the Hindustan Times reported, "A major controversy erupted after UNICEF's UK branch printed a diary ignoring Hindu and Sikh religious festivals while listing religious festivals from Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Buddhism. The diary which contains 25 days associated with Christianity, three days linked to Islam, two days for Judaism and one day for Buddhism...

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