Buddhism

Soka Gakkai International Attracts Diverse Faithful to Buddhism

October 31, 2003

Source: Tricycle

http://www.tricycle.com/p_articles_id_123.html

On October 31, 2003 Tricycle described " Soka Gakkai International (SGI for short), the largest, most racially and ethnically diverse Buddhist organization in America and, with twelve million members in 186 countries worldwide and a full-time representative to the United Nations, the first global Buddhist presence in history... "Chanting for a better car, a new job, even a mate, has long been the hallmark of SGI...

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Vietnamese in California Protest Crackdown on Religious Freedoms in Vietnam

October 30, 2003

Source: Calitoday

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=18f277849ffa18848a8f9f88f3c8a0c5

On October 30, 2003 Calitoday reported that "in major cities throughout California, Vietnamese both young and old gathered to light candles or wield signs to protest a renewed crackdown on religious freedoms in Vietnam... In the past month, Hanoi has tracked, detained and arrested Buddhist clergy in the country with new...

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Religious Icons Help Faithful to "Find the Spirit Behind the Symbol."

October 23, 2003

Source: The Plain Dealer

http://www.cleveland.com/living/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/living/1066901629123710.xml

On October 23, 2003 The Plain Dealer discussed the recent revival of religious imagery and iconography in places of worship. According to the article, "the increasing religious diversity of the nation is exposing more people to the idea of how art can enhance spiritual reflection in homes and sanctuaries. Along the walls of...

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President Mbeki Meets With Religious Working Group

October 21, 2003

Source: AllAfrica Global Media

http://allafrica.com/stories/200310210471.html

On October 21, 2003 AllAfrica Global Media posted a BuaNews article that reported, "President Thabo Mbeki is meeting with the representatives of the Presidential Religious Working Group in Pretoria today. The Presidency said the meeting sought to promote meaningful interaction between the government and religious communities. President Mbeki has met with the religious group before and a...

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Buddhist Teacher Enlightens Young Minds at Minnesota Temple

October 20, 2003

Source: Pioneer Press

http://www.twincities.com/mld/pioneerpress/news/local/7055068.htm

On October 20, 2003 Pioneer Press peered into the classroom of Bhante Punnaji, a renowned Sri Lankan Buddhist teacher from Toronto. Currently, Punnaji is illuminating children at the Cambodian Temple in Minnesota on the meaning behind the five Buddhist precepts. Part of his teachings were based on the relationships between Buddhism and Christianity. Punnaji explains...

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As Buddhism Flourishes in America, Buddhism in Hawaii May Face Decline

October 19, 2003

Source: The Advertiser

http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2003/Oct/19/il/il01a.html

On October 19, 2003 The Advertiser discussed the current challenges for Buddhists living in Hawaii. Buddhists, second in numbers only to Roman Catholics in Hawaii, face encroachment by evangelical groups from other religions and aging congregations. According to The Advertiser, "a PBS interview on Oct. 10 quoted experts as saying there are 3 million to 4...

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Jewish and Buddhist Traditions Meet in Seattle Synagogue

October 18, 2003

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/144424_jews18.html

On October 18, 2003 Seattle Post-Intelligencer described Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue, where meditation is blended with traditional Jewish worship and services "focus less on liturgy and more on the contemplative aspects of the faith, with more singing, chanting and guided meditation. " The synagogue is celebrating a 10 year anniversary just as Jewish mysticism and Buddhism are...

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Washington State's First Muslim Prison Chaplain Dies at 55

October 16, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.newsday.com/news/printedition/ny-araya163496878oct16,0,2506542.story

On October 16, 2003 The Associated Press reported that Dharmachari Aryadaka, a former prison inmate who became Washington state's first paid Buddhist prison chaplain, has died at 55 of hepatitis C. As he became increasingly ill, Arydaka did volunteer work in the state's prisons, and became the state's first paid Buddhist prison...

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Buddhists Monks in Mount Shasta Make Traditional Alms Round

October 14, 2003

Source: Mt. Shasta News

http://www.mtshastanews.com/display/inn_news/news07.txt

On October 14, 2003 Mt. Shasta News reported that a group of Buddhists from Shasta Abbey made a traditional alms round in Mount Shasta last week from the Lake Street Shopping Center through downtown. They accepted only food as offerings. According to Buddhist teacher Thanissaro Bhikku, "the alms round reminds a monk "that their practice is not just an individual matter, but a concern of...

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