Buddhism

New York Interfaith Memorial Calls for Peace

March 12, 2002

Source: Newsday

On March 12, 2002, Newsday reported that "religious leaders across the city marked the six-month anniversary of the Sept. 11 tragedy yesterday with prayers for the victims and calls for healing and peace... The victims were remembered in temples, mosques and churches, as well as outdoor events across the city... Religious leaders from Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish and other congregations gathered at City Hall Park to remember the dead, but also to sharply criticize the war in Afghanistan. They also denounced reported plans of the...

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Buddhist Association Wins First Approval for Expansion in California

March 8, 2002

Source: The Press Democrat

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/local/news/08buddha_b1.html

On March 8, 2002, The Press Democrat reported that "a controversial proposal to build a religious school and monastery in the Ukiah Valley [California] cleared its first hurdle Thursday when the Mendocino County Planning Commission approved the project's environmental impact report... It is the third try in 14 years by the...

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Los Angeles Hospital Trains Chaplains from Diverse Religions

March 3, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

On March 3, 2002, the Los Angeles Times featured an article on UCLA Medical Center's Spiritual Care Unit. The unit is "the hospital's chaplaincy training program... The full-time staff [at the hospital] includes a priest, a minister and a rabbi, with Muslims and Buddhists on call. Fifteen years ago, when the program was new, the full-time staff consisted of one Baptist minister... These days, religious diversity is redefining hospital chaplaincy work. While the patient directory at UCLA is usually about 65% Christian, the number...

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Olympics Highlight Religious Diversity of Utah

February 23, 2002

Source: Star Tribune

On February 23, 2002, The Star Tribune reported that "the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the main religion in Utah, but other faiths - among them Judaism, Buddhism and even Hare Krishnas [ISKCON] - have found a place in the mountains... the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple... This Hindu temple, with 350 families actively worshipping, is flourishing... In the shadow of the Delta Center, home to Olympic figure skating, sits the Buddhist Temple of Salt Lake City, one of 16 Buddhist centers in the state... It's a...

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New Zen Monastery to Open in Oregon

February 23, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

On February 23, 2002, the Los Angeles Times reported that "a Zen Buddhist organization has received approval to open a monastery and seminary here in a vacant elementary school... The Clatskanie School District Board agreed to a lease with the Portland-based Zen Community of Oregon. The group will pay $3,000 a month in rent for up to two years, with an option to buy the building for about $1 million."

Tibetan Refugee Community Celebrates New Year in Utah

February 18, 2002

Source: The Deseret News

On February 18, 2002, The Deseret News reported that "with smoke from incense curling around the ceiling of Salt Lake City's Indian Walk-in Center Sunday, the city's Tibetans opened a day of celebration for the Year of the Water Horse. The prayers of the group, chanted in a traditional Sangal ceremony, joined the essence of the smoke as it permeated the open hall... Before performing religious rites directed toward a large photo of the Dalai Lama, spiritual and political head of the world's Tibetans, a circle of celebrants...

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New Orleans Vietnamese Buddhist Community Celebrates New Year

February 17, 2002

Source: The Times-Picayune

On February 17, 2002, The Times-Picayune featured an article on Tet, the Vitnamese Buddhist New Year. Many from the New Orleans Vitenamese community gathered "at the Bo De Vietnamese Buddhist Fellowship temple in Algiers [LA, and] slipped off their shoes and entered the sanctuary. A monk led chants and offered a blessing for the New Year, and members of the congregation received apples and lucky money... The celebration continues at Bo De this weekend with a festival highlighted by dragon dance performances and a visit from...

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Zen Center Flourishes in Syracuse, NY

February 16, 2002

Source: The Post-Standard

http://www.syracuse.com/news/syrnewspapers/index.ssf?/newsstories/20020216_rnzen.html

On February 16, 2002, The Post-Standard reported that "about 85 Central New Yorkers practice at the Zen Center of Syracuse, following ancient rituals that go back thousands of years... In October, the Zen Center of Syracuse will celebrate its 30th anniversary. The center is believed to be one of the oldest continually...

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Day of Interfaith Chanting Becomes Annual Event in Seattle

February 16, 2002

Source: The Seattle Times

On February 16, 2002, The Seattle Times reported that Joy Carey, a founder of Mystical Chant, expected about 400 people to attend the first daylong interfaith chanting event in 1999. However, "about 800 people came to St. Mark's Cathedral to watch and participate in Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist chants. "We were absolutely amazed at the number of people who showed up," said Carey, a counseling psychologist and Sufic Muslim. "I never expected this to be an annual event." Indeed, next Saturday marks the third...

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'Hiroshima Flame' Carried Across America as Memorial

February 12, 2002

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On February 12, 2002, The San Francisco Chronicle reported that "the 'Hiroshima Flame' kindled 57 years ago from embers of the atomic bombing of Japan... wends its way across America... Its escorts are a diverse group: a seemingly indefatigable Japanese nun who's walked across the United States four times, a Native American elder from Massachusetts, an idealistic 15-year-old girl from Honolulu, and others united in the hope that their unusual spiritual pilgrimage will foster world peace... The five-month journey...

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