Buddhism

Religious Altars in American Homes

January 4, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A52812-2004Jan3.html

On January 4, 2004 The Washington Post reported, "A tradition in ancient cultures, the home altar has flourished in recent years among Americans who find that it powerfully expresses their intensely personal spirituality, religion scholars said. Some home shrines are designed and maintained in accordance with formal religious guidelines. But many others are...

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Dalai Lama Encourages India To Maintain Traditions of Nonviolence in Reactions to Pluralism

January 3, 2004

Source: Hindustan Times

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_517784,0008.htm

On January 3, 2004 the Hindustan Times reported, "Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Saturday said people of India should maintain the country's glorious tradition of 'ahimsa' [nonviolence] for all-round development...The Dalai Lama said 'pluralism in religion is a reality and we must accept it. Some politicians may follow a different view but that is because of their ignorance'......

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For Many, New Year's is not a Secular Holiday

January 3, 2004

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-me-beliefs3jan03,1,2771185.story?coll=la-news-religion

On January 3, 2004 the Los Angeles Times reported that members of the Konko Church of Los Angeles celebrated the new year with a purifying ceremony using elements of an ancient Japanese ritual "aimed at clearing out the negative energies of the past... Although New Year's Day has become a secular...

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Rhode Island Courthouse Sees Religion... Again

January 2, 2004

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/0104/02barrow.html

On January 2, 2004 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported, "Another religious display has been set up in the Barrow County Courthouse. The latest display includes alternate versions of the Ten Commandments, Hindu stories, Buddhist teachings, excerpts from the Quran and writings defining agnosticism. It has been placed across a breezeway from a Ten Commandments...

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Buddhists Remember Monk Who Self-Immolated For Religious Freedom in Vietnam

January 1, 2004

Source: The Sun News

http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/mld/sunnews/news/local/7613594.htm

On January 1, 2004 The Sun News ran an Associated Press story that reported, "American, South Vietnamese and Buddhist flags fluttered as hundreds attended a funeral Wednesday for a monk who died last week after setting himself on fire. Thich Chan Hy's dramatic act brought renewed vigor to campaigns against persecution of Buddhists still living in Vietnam,...

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Charlotte Monk Sets Himself on Fire in Protest

December 30, 2003

Source: The Charlotte Observer

http://www.aberdeennews.com/mld/aberdeennews/news/nation/7567339.htm

On December 30, 2003 The Charlotte Observer reported, "A Vietnamese monk, who had written his final wishes on a paper scroll, doused himself with gasoline and then burned himself to death as he kneeled in front of a Buddhist statue at a temple in east Charlotte Wednesday. Followers said Thich Chan Hy, 74, committed an act of self-immolation, a form of...

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Locals Mix Traditions in Hawaii

December 30, 2003

Source: The Honolulu Advertiser

http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2003/Dec/25/ln/ln01a.html

On December 30, 2003 The Honolulu Advertiser reported that "many families in Hawai'i are mixing traditions this Christmas Day. Interfaith marriage is rising across the United States, and Americans nationwide are celebrating increasingly diverse holidays. Although exact data is hard to come by because the U.S. Census is forbidden to ask questions about...

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Americans Increasingly Mix and Match Religions

December 27, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-me-beliefs27dec27,1,4445205.story?coll=la-news-religion

On December 27, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported, "A recent Barna poll found that significant numbers of Americans embrace beliefs that are 'logically contradictory,' blending different faith views to create unorthodox religious viewpoints. 'Mix and match spirituality, I call it,' said...

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Hawaii's Residents Bless the New Year

December 27, 2003

Source: Honolulu Star-Bulletin

http://starbulletin.com/2003/12/27/features/story3.html

On December 27, 2003 Honolulu Star-Bulletin reported on the Hawaiian tradition of visiting a Buddhist temple or a Shinto shrine to celebrate the new year. The visit is a religious and cultural tradition for thousands of island residents seeking amulets for good fortune.This year, two Honolulu temples will offer special programs open to the interfaith community, including a...

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Hindus Celebrate Christmas

December 22, 2003

Source: The Argus

http://www.theargusonline.com/Stories/0,1413,83~1971~1847179,00.html

On December 22, 2003 The Argus reported on how Hindus in the Bay Area are celebrating Christmas day. A temple and spiritual center where many Tri-City Hindus worship -- the Badarikashrama in San Leandro -- sponsors a Christmas program each year on Dec. 25. Celebrations will include not Christmas music, but with a concert featuring vocalists trained by gurus, an...

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Halifax Serves as a Spiritual Center for Shambhala Buddhist Community

December 22, 2003

Source: Montreal Gazette

http://www.canada.com/halifax/aroundtown/story.asp?id=893C3A28-846D-460A-98AA-FD55C2107158

On December 22, 2003 the Montreal Gazette ran a feature article on Halifax as a spiritual center for Buddhists (specifically of Shambhala International). The article read, "As religious capitals go, Halifax is no Rome, Mecca or Kathmandu. Yet this fog-bound, former British garrison town has a strange but unmistakable...

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Akron Interfaith Group Promotes Tolerance

December 18, 2003

Source: Akron Leader

http://www.akron.com/20031218/FPAGE/spread.htm

On December 18, 2003 the Akron Leader reported on the Akron Area Interfaith Council (AAIC), an organization of leaders and lay people representing 20 houses of worship that promotes understanding and religious tolerance.Christians from Unitarian Universalist, Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Episcopalian and Baptist churches are represented, as are members of Islamic, Jewish and Buddhist houses...

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