Buddhism

Buddhists Kindle Good Luck, Happiness At New Year Service

January 26, 2009

Author: Lindsay Melvin

Source: The Buddhist Channel/Memphis Commercial Appeal

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=61,7693,0,0,1,0

Led by the hollow beat of a drum, people knelt on cushions the size of throw pillows Sunday morning, chanting a rhythmic prayer in Vietnamese to welcome the spirits of the dead.

At Pho Da Temple, a tiny, red-roofed Buddhist prayer hall in Raleigh, nearly 50 people came to make offerings to their...

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Temple Leadership Put to Vote Again

January 23, 2009

Author: Greg Mellen

Source: Contra Costa Times

http://www.contracostatimes.com/california/ci_11543167?nclick_check=1

Despite a gloomy forecast, cold weather and rainfall, for the second time in a year about 400 congregants of a Cambodian Buddhist temple showed up to cast ballots in an attempt to find leadership at the embattled temple.

Friday's election, for all nine spots on the temple's board of directors, was ordered by...

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New Temple Offers Insight Into Buddhism

January 19, 2009

Author: Kathy Cichon

Source: The Buddhist Channel/Suburban Chicago News

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=62,7660,0,0,1,0

It was a double celebration Saturday night inside the International Buddhist Progress Society Chicago temple. Members gathered to give an early welcome to the Chinese New Year, and they also celebrated the grand opening of the temple's new building.

Located on 5 acres along Route 53 in the unincorporated...

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Overland Park Man Complains About Zoo’s Buddha Statues

January 13, 2009

Author: Matt Campbell

Source: The Kanas City Star

http://www.kansascity.com/255/story/979947.html

David Engle said he felt a chill down his spine Sunday on a visit with his family to the Kansas City Zoo.

He could hardly believe it when he saw zoo visitors rubbing the heads and bellies of two large, smiling statues of Buddha at the entrance to the Tiger Trail area.

“We can’t have a cross or a nativity scene on public...

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Burmese Buddhist Monastery Opens In Finland

January 5, 2009

Author: Yee May Aung

Source: The Buddhist Channel/DVB

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=71,7596,0,0,1,0

The first Burmese Buddhist monastery in Finland was officially consecrated in Kuopio on 3 January by five monks led by Penang abbot U Pannya Wuntha and abbot U Uttara of London’s Sasana Ramsi Vihara.

The Buddha Dhamma Ramsi monastery was set up by Burmese Buddhists living in Finland with the help of the abbots,...

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Buddhist Center Celebrates Christmas With Ceremony

December 22, 2008

Author: Tom Yerace

Source: The Buddhist Channel/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=62,7552,0,0,1,0

The Christmas tree with multicolored lights in one corner seemed out of place with the large white Buddha statue positioned along opposite wall.

But according to Bhante Pemaratana, a monk at the Buddhist temple along Route 908 in Natrona, the values and philosophies each represent have much in common....

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Buddhist Relief Group Provides Holiday Baskets to Needy Families

December 18, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Buddhist Channel/Los Angeles Wave

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=65,7534,0,0,1,0

Things haven’t been easy for Kecia Harper and her two teenage sons since she became disabled and unable to work three years ago. But this holiday season, she is feeling especially grateful, with an unexpected gift from strangers.

Harper’s family and 50 others from Lynwood were treated to a holiday...

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Hsi Lai Temple Welcomes Faithful

December 17, 2008

Author: Richard Irwin

Source: The Buddhist Channel/SGVTribune.com

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=65,7539,0,0,1,0

The path to enlightenment begins with a single step. And 120 novices took that first step this week at the Hsi Lai Buddhist Temple in Hacienda Heights. Thus begins a two-week journey of introspection and commitment to the monks' way of life.

With their close-shorn heads and flowing black robes, it was hard to...

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A Hawaii Buddhist Minister Makes the Religion More Friendly To the Local Culture And to Younger People

December 10, 2008

Author: Pat Gee

Source: Urban Dharma

http://www.urbandharma.org/udharma4/news.html

Long before Reyn Yorio Tsuru became minister of the Shingon Shu Hawaii temple on Sheridan Street last year, he had been trying to make Buddhism more relevant to the younger generation and more appealing to local people.

He saw the congregation was aging -- "The demographic age was 79!" -- and was afraid Buddhism as a religion would die off with its elderly members...

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Buddhists Gather for an All-Nighter In Portland

December 10, 2008

Author: Nancy Haught

Source: The Buddhist Channel/The Oregonian

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=65,7520,0,0,1,0

The Rev. Gregory Gibbs began the first all-night chant at Oregon Buddhist Temple by bowing before a golden Buddha. Then Gibbs turned to his right and walked slowly around the outside aisles of the hondo, or sanctuary. Pausing at the back of the room, he bowed before the central altar again. He and seven others pressed their...

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Buddhists Converge On Tassie

December 4, 2008

Author: Danielle McKay

Source: The Mercury

http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2008/12/04/42291_tasmania-news.html

Tasmania is hosting a major Buddhist conference -- the first time it has been held in a Western Christian country.

More than 300 people from 43 countries have converged on Tasmanain for the 5th annual World Buddhist Sangha Youth Conference.

The conference aims to promote the harmonious and happy...

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Silencing Burma’s Monks

December 1, 2008

Author: Min Lwin

Source: The Buddhist Channel/The Irrawaddy

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=82,7459,0,0,1,0

The 68-year prison sentence handed down to Ashin Gambira for his role in last year’s monk-led protests shows that Burma’s brutal junta now exercises total control over the country’s Sangha, or community of Buddhist monks, who many regarded as the last bastion of resistance against military rule.

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High Desert Buddhist Shrine Has Regional Draw

November 30, 2008

Author: Joe Nelson

Source: The Buddhist Channel/San Bernadino County Sun

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=65,7457,0,0,1,0

In this windswept desert city, just north of Adelanto Airport, a 25-foot statue of a Buddhist bodhisattva said to have miraculous healing powers looms over Highway 395.

Every week, hundreds of Buddhists from all over Southern California congregate here, at the 15-acre Buddhist Meditation Center.
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