Buddhism

Tibetan Lama Speaks at San Diego Bookstore

January 11, 2002

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On January 11, 2002, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that "about 40 people attended... [a lecture by] Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche, a teacher of a little-known Tibetan Buddhist sect,... the Wisdom Traditions Institute [in San Diego, CA]... Buddhism, he said, encourages people to reach for immeasurable love, compassion, wisdom, knowledge and finally, enlightenment." He also spoke about America's war on terrorism; "'Inside they are very angry,' Choga said of the terrorists. 'This anger development is being used by...

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Tibetan Buddhist Monks to Create Mandala in DC for Protection of US

January 4, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On January 4, 2002, The Washington Post reported that "on Jan. 11 to 27, twenty Tibetan Buddhist monks will create a seven-foot-square sacred mandala in sand at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery [at the Smithsonian] for the healing and protection of the United States. The installation will begin with an 11 a.m. opening ceremony on Jan. 11, to be followed by daily sand painting, chanting and meditation from 10:30 to 4:30. Talks on Tibetan Buddhism will be featured daily at noon. The geometric design will then be swept away and...

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Interfaith Walking Meditation for Peace in Seattle

December 31, 2001

Source: The Seattle Times

On December 31, 2001, The Seattle Times reported that "several hundred people are expected to gather at Seattle's Green Lake for an interfaith Walking Meditation for Peace. They will say goodbye to a year they say was filled with too much blood spilled, and they'll pray for peace among religions in 2002... This will be the third annual walk and the first one featuring prayers from seven faiths... This year, more local religious institutions are involved, representing Quakers, Catholics, Sikhs, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists,...

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Teaching Religion in Public Schools Takes on New Significance

December 27, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.pluralism.org/affiliates/teacher/index.php

On December 27, 2001, The Washington Post reported that "teaching about religion is tough terrain for public school teachers, but something that a growing number of educators believe is imperative to help young people understand not only the forces that drive human history but also the diversity in their own neighborhoods. Before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks generated new interest in...

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Grants to Houses of Worship Damaged by Hate Crimes

December 24, 2001

Source: UPI

http://upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=24122001-033546-7201r

On December 24, 2001, UPI reported on the "Fund to soothe wounds of hate." It noted that "A Sikh temple in Palermo, N.Y., and an Episcopal church in Hanna City, Ill., will receive cash gifts from a unique Boston fund this Christmas ... The Boston Piano Religious Trust gives $500 grants to houses of worship damaged or destroyed in hate crimes." Gobind Sadan USA, a Sikh center in New York, and St. John's...

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Japanese-Americans Celebrate New Year with Traditional Ritual

December 24, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On December 24, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported that "in anticipation of the new year, dozens of members of Senshin Buddhist Temple near USC [in Los Angeles, CA] and their friends gathered to participate in the annual ritual called mochitsuki, or mochi pounding. The ancient process begins with high gluten rice--in this case, a thousand pounds of it--which is cleaned, steamed, beaten into a smooth, sticky dough, and finally transformed into small, round cakes of chewy, delicate mochi." The ritual of making mochi takes place...

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The "Sacred Sites" of Houston

December 23, 2001

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On December 23, 2001, The Houston Chronicle featured an article on the "Sacred Sites" of Houston, TX. "Houston has thousands of houses, centers and buildings of worship and prayer for literally every faith known: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and others. What it does not have is the large-scale, sacred architecture built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and found in older, major cities like New York, according to Stephen Fox, a Rice University architectural historian... Compared with those other...

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San Diego Buddhist Temple Celebrates its History

December 23, 2001

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On December 23, 2001, The San Diego Union-Tribune featured an article on the Vista Buddhist Temple in San Diego, CA. The article reported that "on Dec. 15, members celebrated the 20th anniversary of their current building with a year-end party, or Oseibo Taikai, to honor members over the age of 80... In recent years, the temple's congregation has become increasingly diverse because of an increase in Buddhist teachings at local colleges and universities... However, the temple can trace its roots to before the 1930s when...

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Fire Breaks Out at New York Cathedral

December 19, 2001

Source: Newsday

On December 19, 2001, Newsday reported that a "fire that swept through the gift shop of the world's largest Gothic cathedral," the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York. "From its inception, the cathedral was chartered not just as the mother church of the Episcopal Diocese of New York but as a house of prayer whose bronze doors were open to all people... Indeed, in recent years, sermons have been delivered by rabbis, Zen Buddhists and African animists. The Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, retired U.S. Army Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf...

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Holiday Season in the Workplace

December 18, 2001

Source: The Providence Journal

http://projo.com/cgi-bin/story.pl/opinion/06719201.htm

On December 18, 2001, The Providence Journal featured an editorial on holidays in the workplace. "Many bosses decide, with a wink and a nod, to recast their Christmas parties as 'holiday' parties, but then still decorate in green and red and play Christmas carols. Such watering-down seems to work. The Christians can see their tradition in abstract form, and non-Christians find it...

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Kansas City Celebrates Pluralism

December 12, 2001

Source: The Kansas City Star

http://www.cres.org

On December 12, 2001, The Kansas City Star reported that "since Sept. 11, leaders in government - like those in schools, hospitals, media and business - want to be sure they are discharging their duties with particular sensitivity to religious concerns... As part of a recognition of pluralism in the [Kansas City] area, Jackson County Executive Katheryn J. Shields is developing a six-month calendar of community open houses scheduled by ethnic and faith...

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California Buddhist Monastics Celebrate Festival

December 10, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On December 10, 2001, the Los Angeles Times featured an article on the Buddhist festival celebrating Buddha's enlightenment. "The festival is among the most significant in the Buddhist calendar, representing the day humanity learned the reason for suffering and the way to escape it." The article focuses on a small monastic community of monks and nuns in Ventura County, California. "The monks follow the Zen school of Buddhism, stressing daily meditation. The temple and retreat center is made up of several low-slung houses nestled...

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Arson at New York Sikh Center, Gobind Sadan USA

December 10, 2001

Source: United Press International

On December 10, 2001, The United Press International reported that "the 'real story' of the blaze at the Gobind Sadan shrine actually developed into a rather marvelous one, recounts Ralph Singh, the center's spokesman... Jews, Christians, Hindus, Muslims, and Buddhists came out to express their solidarity, Singh recalled. And then there were individual acts of kindness... With a trembling voice, Ralph Singh spoke of the 'outpouring of love' the 100-strong congregation at the former farmstead received from neighbors and...

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Buddhist Garden in Chicago Under Dispute

December 10, 2001

Source: The Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chicago/chi-0112100021dec10.story?coll=chi%2Dnewslocalchicago%2Dhed

On December 10, 2001, The Chicago Tribune reported "Tax mistake threatens Buddhist garden." It noted, "Cambodian refugees who scraped together enough money to open a small Buddhist temple in Uptown are fighting for what they call a sacred piece of adjacent land that they fear was...

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