Buddhism

SGI-USA Orlando

Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 11 October 2009.

Phone: 407-482-3939
Email: sgiusaorlando@bellsouth.net
Website: http://www.sgi-usa-orlando.org
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History

Soka Gakkai International in the United States (SGI-USA) sprouted roots in Orlando soil in the same manner as it has in other cities across America. In the 1960's Orlando was host to many Japanese war brides who became the founding women of SGI-...
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The Dalai Lama Visits Indiana

August 23, 1999

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On August 23, 1999, The San Diego Union-Tribune published an article on the Dalai Lama's visit to Bloomington, Indiana. As many as 5,000 people are expected to converge on Bloomington to watch him perform the Kalachakra for World Peace, which is a "series of Buddhist rituals and teachings intended to bring personal enlightenment and foster world peace." People from all over the country are going to Indiana to attend the events, which cost $40 to $50 for daily admissions. The Dalai Lama's current trip to the United States...

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Padmasambhava Buddhist Center

Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 28 August 2015.

Phone: 407-830-4458
Email: rthibault@mindspring.com
Website: http://www.padmasambhava.org
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History

Janie Floren established Central Florida's first Nyingma Tibetan Buddhist Center in Longwood, Florida in February of 1989 assisted by theTibetan lamas.
The initial years of the Center brought forth challenges for the...
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Wat Florida Dhammaram

Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 12 December 2013.

Phone: 407-397-9552
Email: watfloridadhammaram@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.watflorida.org
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Update

According to Than Bill of the monastery, the construction of the main buildings had just been completed at the time this profile was originally prepared. New beatifications have been added since then. Current construction of replicas of the four main Buddhist Pilgrimage Sites in India will be... Read more about Wat Florida Dhammaram

The Dalai Lama Visits Indiana

August 21, 1999

Source: The Courier-Journal

On August 21, 1999, The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Kentucky published an article on the universal themes that the Dalai Lama expresses in his writings and speeches. Speaking to a capacity crowd of 8,700 at the University of Indiana at Bloomington on August 18th, the Dalai Lama stated: "Without hesitation, the purpose of our life is happiness." In his newest book, Ethics for the New Millennium, the Dalai Lama writes that "my impression is that those living in the materially developed countries, for all their industry,...

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The Dalai Lama Visits Indiana

August 20, 1999

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On August 20, 1999, The Columbus Dispatch published an article describing the Kalachakra, which means the "turning of the wheel of time." The Kalachakra consists of 11 days of public prayer, meditation and teaching that has the goal of creating world peace and harmony. Buddhists believe that the Kalachakra teachings "pacify conflicts, develop peace and welfare, reduce suffering and increase love, kindness, compassion, joy and happiness." This is the 25th time the Dalai Lama has lead the Kalachakra since 1954 and the fourth time...

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Buddhist Temple Honors Slain Victims

August 15, 1999

Source: The Arizona Republic

On August 15, 1999, The Arizona Republic reported that Wat Promkunaram, a Vietnamese Buddhist temple west of Phoenix, Arizona, held two days of memorial ceremonies on the 8th anniversary of the murders of 9 Buddhists at the temple. Over 70 monks and dozens of Buddhist followers participated in the ceremonies to honor the slain victims, 6 monks, a nun, novice, and acolyte, who were murdered while praying. In the 8 years since the murders, the temple has changed a great deal, adding an 8-foot monument with a bust of one of the...

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