Tibetans Prepare to Celebrate New Year

March 1, 2003

Source: Tri-Valley Herald

On March 1, 2003 the Tri-Valley Herald reported that "Tibetans here [in California] and around the world this weekend will be chanting, praying and meditating to rid themselves of negativity for the coming year. Then on Monday they will celebrate the Tibetan New Year... At Alameda's Orgyen Dorje Den, a Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center in the Nyingma tradition, dozens of people gathered Thursday and Friday for a powerful 'reversal ceremony.' They will do the same today... Spiritual leaders said the ceremonies, held in three-hour...

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Northwest Dharma Association's Efforts to Organize Buddhist Communities

March 1, 2003

Source: The Seattle Times

On March 1, 2003 The Seattle Times reported that "the Northwest Dharma Association [in Washington] is working to transform itself, to create a tighter, better-connected society of Buddhists in the Northwest... For the past decade, the association has been little more than a few volunteers organizing meditation retreats and producing a newsletter and Web site with information for the Northwest's Buddhists... But this winter, the association is structuring itself to become a more formal, partly...

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Update: Controversies at Soka University in California

February 28, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

On February 28, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "nearly two years ago, Soka University [in CA] was touted as a Buddhist-inspired experiment where learning to make money was less important than promoting world peace and everyone from the president to the student had a say about the school's future... Now a handful of students and a quarter of the original 20 faculty members have left or will leave by June amid allegations of sectarianism and secrecy at the private liberal arts college founded and operated by Soka Gakkai...

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Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Gwinnett, GA

February 23, 2003

Source: Gwinnett Daily Post


On February 23, 2003 the Gwinnett Daily Post reported that "more than 1 out of 10 Gwinnett residents are Hispanic or Latino. Eight out of 100 are Asian... Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and other faiths are practiced in more than 400 places of worship in...

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The Jusan Prison Outreach Program in Arkansas

February 22, 2003

Source: The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

On February 22, 2003 The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported that "in January 1993, [Anna] Cox, as then-president of the Ecumenical Buddhist Society of Little Rock, didn't know what to expect when she received a letter from a Buddhist inmate from Rogers seeking help with his meditations. She had no idea her communications with [convicted murder Frankie] Parker would head her life in new directions and spawn an international prison outreach program... The Jusan Project (named in memory William Frank Parker, whose Buddhist...

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Tam Bao Buddhist Temple

Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 20 February 2003.

Phone: 225-248-8263

Interfaith Religious Supplies

February 20, 2003

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On February 20, 2003 The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "as Atlanta's interfaith movement builds, stores that specialize in religious supplies become attractions not just to those of a particular faith, but also to shoppers --- and the curious --- of other backgrounds. Classes at the Tibetan Buddhist center in north DeKalb County attract significant numbers of non-Buddhists, and visitors show up regularly for services at a Hindu temple, members of each say... 'When non-Jewish people come into our...

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Everything "Zen"

February 19, 2003

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On February 19, 2003 the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette printed an editorial by Caroline Abels that stated, "the Buddha probably wouldn't drive an Infiniti Q45. And he probably wouldn't stay in the snazzy W Times Square hotel in New York, which boasts a sleek style the Buddha might dig but charges up to $459 a night. I also wonder whether he'd hang out with Jim Carrey. Or play the bass like Ray Brown. And would he consider cat litter an embodiment of the religion he inspired? I wonder about these things (smiling as widely as...

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First Buddhist High School in U.S. to Open in Hawaii

February 18, 2003

Source: The Star Bulletin


On February 18, 2003 The Star Bulletin reported that "the nation's first Buddhist high school... will open in Honolulu this August with a focus on peace education, says Pieper Toyama, head of the school... Pacific Buddhist Academy, a college preparatory school, is enrolling its first class of ninth-graders, who will be housed on the campus of Hongwanji Mission School in Nuuanu... The high...

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Religious Groups Speak Out Against War with Iraq: Feb. 2003

February 17, 2003

Source: San Francisco Chronicle


On February 17, 2003 the San Francisco Chronicle reported that "Sunday's rally [near the San Francisco Civic Center], so entwined with the Middle East, sounded much like an interfaith service... Rabbi Pamela Frydman Baugh of the Or Shalom Jewish Community led a prayer on behalf of all the world 'and the ordinary people of Iraq...' A...

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National Religious Broadcasters Chairman Defames Islam

February 10, 2003

Source: Oklahoma's News Channel 8


On February 10, 2003 Oklahoma's News Channel 8 reported that at the "National Religious Broadcasters convention in Nashville, Tennessee, chairman Glenn Plummer declared that the Bible says the only way people can reach God is through Jesus, 'not Muhammad' and 'not Allah'... Plummer added that people can't get to God through Buddha, the Dalai Lama or Sun Myung Moon either... [He also] called...

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The Kaunakakai Temple in Hawaii

February 1, 2003

Source: The Honolulu Advertiser


On February 1, 2003 The Honolulu Advertiser reported on the "the Kaunakakai temple, [which] is the only Buddhist temple on that island, said the Rev. Shugen Komagata, senior minister for the Nu'uanu betsuin... Built in 1952 and dedicated in 1953, it is styled like a Hindu temple, with small towers on both wings and a 70-foot tower in the center...

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"Sacred Space" Art Exhibit in Wichita, Kansas

January 30, 2003

Source: The Wichita Eagle


On January 30, 2003 The Wichita Eagle reported that "an award-winning art exhibit that helped spread religious understanding in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks languishes in a 4-by-8-foot storage locker, waiting for a home. The exhibit will move wherever it's welcome, said Diane Thomas Lincoln, the Wichita State University art professor who directed its...

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