Buddhism

Brutal Insurgency Haunts Thai Muslim South

July 3, 2009

Author: Martin Petty

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/homepageCrisis/idUSBKK154617._CH_.2400

When he heard the loud cracks of gunfire, Prapan Pormapat knew the insurgents had just claimed another victim.

An engine roared as two gunmen sped away on a motorcycle, leaving behind the body of a saffron-robed Buddhist monk in a pool of blood.

"Everyone here carries a gun now," said Prapan, a Buddhist...

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Faiths Compete On Turkish TV Show

July 3, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8132320.stm

A Turkish game show is challenging atheists to reassess their views and win "the biggest prize ever".

Penitents Compete will bring together an Islamic imam, a Jewish rabbi, a Buddhist monk and a Greek Orthodox priest seeking to convert the atheists.

The prize for any converted contestants is an expenses-paid pilgrimage to a holy site of their chosen...

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A Blessing On the Animals

June 30, 2009

Author: Kath Gannaway

Source: The Buddhist Channel/Star News Group

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=49,8320,0,0,1,0

For more than 20 minutes last week the hustle and bustle of Healesville Sanctuary stopped as prayers were offered for the millions of animals that perished in the February bushfires.

On the lawns in front of the wildlife veterinary centre, where hundreds of injured animals were treated, Buddhist monks, led by...

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Poignant Ceremony In Pattaya Offers Support to Monks In Restive South Thailand

June 30, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Buddhist Channel/Pattaya Daily News

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=52,8325,0,0,1,0

Sattahip Buddhists joined in a special ceremony on 27th June 2009 to donate offerings to 1500 Buddhist monks of the 226 temples in the Southern part of Thailand. The ceremony was a gesture of support to the region which has suffered from 4 years of violence.

The ceremony was supported by various local...

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Lao Buddhists Honor Monk With Elaborate Funeral

June 29, 2009

Author: Bob Smietana

Source: The Buddhist Channel/The Tennessean

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=61,8327,0,0,1,0

More than 600 of Nashville's Lao Buddhists gathered on Sunday to pay their final respects to a beloved spiritual leader and one of the Southeast's leading Buddhist monks.

The service marked the end of more than 30 days of mourning for the Venerable Somdy Soumano Soupanya. He was abbot of the Wat Lao Buddhapathip...

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Buddhist Teacher Shot Dead In Thai South

June 28, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSBKK423415

A female Buddhist teacher was shot dead by suspected insurgents in Thailand's restive Muslim south on Sunday, police said.

Two gunmen riding a motorcycle fled after killing the 38-year-old victim on a road in Narathiwat province.

In an incident in the south on Saturday a suspected insurgent and two security officers died in a gun...

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Zen Buddhist Monk Aids Peace Efforts In Native Belfast

June 27, 2009

Author: Damien Okado-Gough

Source: The Buddhist Channel/The Japan Times

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=9,8326,0,0,1,0

When the Zen monk Dogen Zenji returned to Japan from China in 1227 with the ideas that would become the Soto school of Zen, could he have imagined that centuries later, on the other side of the world, those very ideas would be used by people to try to overcome their society's deeply rooted conflict? Most likely not,...

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Gardena Buddhist Church Boasts Largest Obon Festival In Southern California

June 24, 2009

Author: Takeshi Nakayama

Source: The Buddhist Channel/Nichi Bei Times

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=65,8316,0,0,1,0

Gardena Buddhist Church will observe Obon — the annual Japanese Buddhist festival which has evolved to a celebration where families honor their ancestors with and joyous dancing — on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 1- 2, announced the Rev. Naomi Nakano.

Gardena’s Obon Festival — the...

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Pataskala Residents Question Plans for Buddhist Temple

June 24, 2009

Author: Chad Klimack

Source: The Buddhist Channel/The Newark Advocate

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=62,8314,0,0,1,0

Some area residents and religious leaders are worried about a proposed Buddhist development setting up shop along Blacks Road on the city's eastern edge.

Residents and pastors recently approached the Pataskala City Council to express their concerns.

"I question where the funding comes from, and...

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Indiana Buddhist Vihara Celebrates Poson Day

June 22, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Buddhist Channel/ColomboPage News Desk

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=62,8300,0,0,1,0

Indiana Buddhist Temple celebrated Poson full moon day along with the 6th anniversary of the temple on Saturday 20th June 2009.

A whole day retreat, conducted by ven. M. Pannaloka and ven. N. Seelawimala under the guidance of the chief monk, Ven. T. Devananda, was held at the temple premises to mark the...

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