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  • Dalai Lama says ‘okay’ to gay marriage

    03/07/2014 11:01:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 86 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 07 March 2014 | Antonia Malloy
    The Dalai Lama has voiced his support for gay marriage and condemned homophobia, saying that sex is fine as long as it is consensual. Speaking during an interview with American talk show host Larry King, the Buddhist monk said that gay marriage was “okay” and a “personal matter”. He said: "If two people, a couple, really feel that way, it’s more practical, more satisfaction, and both sides fully agree, then okay!” …
  • Buddhist Monks incite Hatred Against Muslims in Myanmar

    03/21/2015 10:54:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 20.03.2015
    Myanmar's constitution guarantees religious freedom. But some radical Buddhists have been railing against Muslims – a tendency which has reached the lawmakers by now.Everything seems normal as children in red clothes play football on a dusty patch. However, this patch is the courtyard of a monastery and the young players with their rolled-up shirts and bare arms are Buddhist novices. Their teacher, U Nayaka, laughs at the notion that a monastery is supposed to be a place of meditation. "It is never quiet here, my students always make noise," said Phaung Daw Oo, director of the monastery school, who is...
  • Mummified monk in Mongolia 'not dead', say Buddhists

    02/05/2015 3:05:02 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 30 replies ^ | 4 February 2015 | bbc
    A mummified monk found preserved in Mongolia last week has been baffling and astounding those who uncovered him. Senior Buddhists say the monk, found sitting in the lotus position, is in a deep meditative trance and not dead. Forensic examinations are under way on the remains, found wrapped in cattle skins in north-central Mongolia. ... The monk was discovered after being stolen by a man hoping to sell him on the black market.
  • Ancient Buddhist stupa and Kushan-era coins discovered in Pakistan

    01/02/2015 1:44:11 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | December 27, 2014 | IANS
    Ancient Buddhist sculptures have been found in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province during an excavation work, a media report said Saturday. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa archaeology and museum director Abdul Samad said the sculptures and heads, dating back to second to fifth century BC, had been discovered during excavation at Bhamala Buddhist Complex in Haripur district, Dawn online reported. He said during excavation, precious coins of Kushana period were also found around the stupa. The official said the Bhamala archaeological site had been declared national and world heritage site located near Khanpur dam, located on the Haro river. "The ruins are situated near...
  • This week in Muslims threatening to stab a professor and setting a dead teacher on fire ( Ohio & )

    03/17/2014 8:59:40 AM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 03/15/2014 | Eric Owens
    An Oberlin College professor has filed a lawsuit because, she claims, another professor on the Oberlin faculty has harassed her and created a hostile work environment for female employees for years. The plaintiff is Eunjung An, professor of French and cinema studies ... comparative literature professor Ali Yedes informed an unnamed Oberlin employee last year that he had helped his nephew obtain a student visa to the United States expressly to “stab and kill someone from his department.”.. Yedes serves as the school’s “Muslim Religious Life Affiliate (Islamic Center of Cleveland).” .. An’s lawsuit claims that Yedes has been engaged...
  • The Greatest Comment You Will Ever Hear From A Buddhist Monk On The Religion Of Peace

    02/23/2014 9:05:03 PM PST · by lbryce · 28 replies ^ | January 25, 2014 | Admin
  • ACLU alleges comically unconstitutional religious harassment in rural Louisiana school

    01/26/2014 12:52:24 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9:12 AM 01/26/2014 | Eric Owens
    The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Louisiana filed a lawsuit this week against a public school district in rural western Louisiana contending that school officials and at least one teacher harassed a Buddhist sixth-grade student for not adhering to Christianity. The ACLU filed the suit against the Sabine Parish school board in U.S. District Court in Shreveport on behalf of parents Scott and Sharon Lane, reports local CBS affiliate KSLA. One of the Lanes’ children, called “C.C.” in the suit, is a Buddhist of Thai descent. The parents claim that school officials began harassing him about his...
  • Gay Anti-Israel Buddhist Claims Pajama Boy Critics are Anti-Semitic

    12/30/2013 5:25:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 12/30/2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Jay Michaelson, a gay Buddhist of Jewish descent, has taken to the pages of the Forward to warn that if you don’t like Pajama Boy, you’re an Anti-Semite.Arguably the State of Israel is a better barometer for antisemitism than Pajama Boy, a creepy Obama-loving manchild. But considering that Jay Michaelson is not exactly a fan of Israel, you can see why he would rather use Pajama Boy as the measure instead.A few weeks before penning for “Leave Pajama Boy Alone” screed, Jay Michaelson wrote that Israel was worse than South Africa. By 1996, Israel and South Africa were on radically...
  • Thousands Meditate With Zen Buddhist Monk

    09/17/2013 1:07:26 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | SEPTEMBER 16, 2013 | Billy Baker
    Renowned activist’s message of nonviolence, mindfulness suffuses Copley SquareWhen the 86-year-old Thich Nhat Hanh was introduced to his audience in Copley Square on Sunday afternoon, he began by saying nothing for 25 minutes. Hanh, a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk who is an internationally respected peace activist and author, was in Boston as part of a US tour. And as he sat in meditation in front of the crowd of about 2,000, he managed to do something seemingly impossible: He made the city center quiet along with him, to the point where any noise — a skateboard, a car horn, a...
  • REPORT: Washington Navy Yard shooter a Buddhist with anger issues and an arrest record…or something

    09/16/2013 5:26:50 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 58 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 9/16/2013 | The Right Scoop via Fox News
    Here is the latest from Fox News on Aaron Alexis, the Washington Navy Yard shooter. He’s been arrested a couple of times for shooting at construction equipment tires and shooting through his roof at his upstairs neighbor because she was too loud. And according to his former roommate, he’s a Buddhist. Watch:
  • One Region in Myanmar Limits Births of Muslims

    05/26/2013 12:56:25 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 20 replies
    NewYork Times ^ | May 25, 2013 | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    YANGON, Myanmar — The local authorities in the western state of Rakhine in Myanmar have imposed a two-child limit for Muslim Rohingya families, a policy that does not apply to Buddhists in the area and comes amid accusations of ethnic cleansing during earlier sectarian violence. ... It was unclear how the local government would enforce the rule, and the announcement could be as much about playing to the country’s Buddhist majority as about actual policy. It was also unclear what effect the new limits would have; there have already been restrictions on Rohingyas marrying, which analysts said were meant to...
  • Sri Lanka police stand by as Buddhist extremists attack Muslim-owned store

    03/30/2013 6:12:20 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 39 replies
    France 24 ^ | 29/03/2013
    Police in front of a Muslim-owned clothing store's warehouse in Colombo, Sri Lanka, after it was attacked by a mob. An angry mob of hundreds of people, led by Buddhist monks, attacked a warehouse belonging to a Muslim-owned clothing chain in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo on Thursday. This comes as Buddhist hardliners ramp up their campaigns against Muslims’ lifestyles. The scene was eerily reminiscent of attacks on Muslim-owned stores throughout the past week in Burma. One video shows a monk throwing a rock at a security camera in front of the warehouse, as policemen look on and the mob erupts...
  • Hindu Americans Welcome New Pope - Hope For Better Dialogue

    03/13/2013 2:53:10 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 7 replies
    Hindu American Foundation ^ | Wednesday, March 13, 2013 | Hindu American Foundation
    Boston, MA (March 13, 2013) -- The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) welcomed the appointment of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio to the papacy, following the sudden and unprecedented resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. Foundation leaders expressed hope that the Catholic Church, under Pope Francis I, as he will be called, will respect and privilege pluralism and interfaith relations, based on earlier efforts with Nostra Aetete, the Declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions. “As our Catholic friends, neighbors and colleagues celebrate the naming of their pontiff, we, as Hindu Americans, congratulate the Catholic Church and welcome Pope Francis...
  • Buddhist, Hindu make history in new Congress

    11/07/2012 11:01:38 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 20 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Wednesday, November 7, 2012 | Daniel Burke, Religion News Service
    Congress will become a shade more religiously diverse this January, after Tuesday’s (Nov. 6) election of the first Hindu representative and first Buddhist senator. Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat from Hawaii, will become the first Hindu-American congresswoman, after defeating her Republican rival on Tuesday. Ami Bera, a California doctor who was raised Hindu but now identifies as a Unitarian Universalist, according to the Hindu American Foundation, narrowly leads the race for California’s 7th congressional district. [...] Hirono, who is also the first Asian-American woman elected to the Senate, was one of three Buddhists in the House of Representatives. The other two,...
  • Muslim rage is not about Islam [Op-Ed]

    10/04/2012 12:05:26 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 7 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Thursday, October 4, 2012 | Mayuri Mukherjee
    The outrage and the violent protests organised by Islamists across the world have nothing to do with the supposed desecration of religion. Instead, these incidents are calibrated attempts by so-called religious leaders to firm up their politics, even at the cost of people’s lives Even before the crowd from the previous protest had returned home, a new mob had gathered on the streets. It had been gaining strength throughout the day as hundreds arrived loaded in trucks and buses, and more people from the outside kept pouring in. Over the next couple of hours, the crowd swelled in numbers and...
  • Rioting Muslims torch Buddhist temples in Bangladesh

    09/30/2012 5:54:27 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/30/2012 | Rick Moran
    It's OK - a Buddhist insulted Islam so, of course, the Buddhists must pay. Reuters: Hundreds of Muslims in Bangladesh burned at least four Buddhist temples and 15 homes of Buddhists on Sunday after complaining that a Buddhist man had insulted Islam, police and residents said. Members of the Buddhist minority in the Cox's Bazar area in the southeast of the country said unidentified people were bent on upsetting peaceful relations between Muslims and Buddhists. Muslims took to the streets in the area late on Saturday to protest against what they said was a photograph posted on Facebook that insulted...
  • Ancient statue discovered by Nazis is made from (Chinga) meteorite

    09/27/2012 1:19:50 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies
    BBC News ^ | 9/27/12 | Matt McGrath - BBC
    An ancient Buddhist statue that was recovered by a Nazi expedition in the 1930s was originally carved from a highly valuable meteorite. Researchers say the 1,000-year-old object with a swastika on its stomach is made from a rare form of iron with a high content of nickel. They believe it is part of the Chinga meteorite, which crashed about 15,000 years ago. The findings appear in the Journal, Meteoritics and Planetary Science. The 24cm (9-inch) tall statue is 10kg (22lb) and is called the Iron Man. Origins unknown The story of this priceless object owes more perhaps to an Indiana...
  • Ancient site needs saving not destroying (Chinese to destroy Buddhist site for copper mine)

    09/23/2012 5:08:31 PM PDT · by Innovative · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | Sept 23, 2012 | Brent Huffman
    This site is called Mes Aynak and is nothing short of awe-inspiring: a massive walled-in Buddhist city featuring massive temples, monasteries, and thousands of Buddhist statues that managed to survive looters and the Taliban. Holding a key position on the Silk Road, Mes Aynak was also an international hub for traders and pilgrims from all over Asia. Mes Aynak is set for destruction at the end of December 2012. All of the temples, monasteries, statues as well as the Bronze age material will all be destroyed by a Chinese government-owned company called China Metallurgical Group Corporation (MCC). Six villages and...
  • Priest who denied communion to lesbian stripped of priestly faculties (Gay mafia alert)

    03/12/2012 6:20:51 PM PDT · by Mandingo Conservative · 41 replies ^ | March 12, 2012 | Christine Dhanagom
    The Maryland priest who denied communion to a lesbian at her mother’s funeral is being stripped of his priestly faculties and “placed on administrative leave,” according to a letter from the Archdiocese signed by auxiliary Bishop Barry Knestout... According to a source close to the incident who spoke with LifeSiteNews, Johnson’s lesbian lover physically blocked Fr. Guarnizo from speaking further with Johnson when she abruptly left the sacristy following this introduction. When Johnson presented herself for Communion, the priest refused to give it to her, although she ended up receiving from an extraordinary minister. It was later revealed that Johnson...
  • Maldives: Islamists Storm National Museum, Destroy Entire Collection of 12th Century Buddhist

    02/12/2012 11:30:01 AM PST · by Nachum · 62 replies · 1+ views
    Weasel Zippers ^ | 2/12/12 | zip
    (AFP) — At the Maldives’ National Museum, smashed Buddhist statues are testament to the rise of Islamic extremism and Taliban-style intolerance in a country famous as a laid-back holiday destination. On Tuesday, as protesters backed by mutinous police toppled president Mohamed Nasheed, a handful of men stormed the Chinese-built museum and destroyed its display of priceless artifacts from the nation’s pre-Islamic era. “They have effectively erased all evidence of our Buddhist past,” a senior museum official told AFP at the now shuttered building in the capital Male, asking not to be named out of fear for his own safety. “We...
  • Richard Gere Praises Self-Immolating Monks

    01/12/2012 4:59:28 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 20 replies ^ | 12 Jan 2012 | lindastcyr
    Recently, there has been an uprising of protests by Tibetan monks over China’s occupation of Tibet and the exile of the Dalai Lama. The protests are not done with signs and chanting but with self-immolation or the act of burning oneself alive. Richard Gere has praised the actions of the Buddhists monks calling them “a pure act.” Gere, a long-time Buddhist, says, “It all really comes down to motivation. I mean none of these self-immolators have harmed anybody else. It is totally a self-sacrifice for their people, for others. So on that level it’s a pure act. But I think...
  • Sri Lanka Buddhist monks destroy Muslim shrine

    09/15/2011 3:41:27 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 25 replies · 1+ views
    BBC World News ^ | 15 September 2011 | Charles Haviland
    A group of Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka led a crowd that demolished a Muslim shrine last week. This incident took place on Saturday in Anuradhapura, an ancient Buddhist city and Unesco world heritage site.
  • (Buddhist) Schoolboy killed and 'religious teacher' held in South-related violence

    07/16/2011 10:20:50 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    The Nation ^ | July 16, 2011
    A schoolboy was killed and two bystanders were injured when an unknown gunman shot the student before opening fire at people shopping at a market in Pattani yesterday morning. ... an attack by southern insurgents on a Buddhist religious day as the motive. Pattani Governor Nipon Narapitakkul said that he believed the attack was a result of the region's unrest, where insurgents harm Thai Buddhists to incite disunity and distrust between Thai Buddhists and Muslims in Panare district, which is made up of 60 per cent Buddhists and 40 per cent Muslims. More than 4,500 people have been killed and...
  • Thai bomb attack in south kills 2 Buddhist monks ( ROP )

    05/19/2011 10:52:39 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies · 1+ views
    ap ^ | 05/16/11
    Thailand's army says suspected Islamic insurgents set off a roadside bomb in the country's restive south, killing two Buddhist monks. ... More than 4,200 people have been killed in predominantly Buddhist Thailand's three Muslim-dominated southern provinces since an Islamist insurgency erupted here in 2004.
  • Judge says killing of Buddhist monk Buu' Lieu 'unprovoked and merciless'

    02/07/2011 12:35:51 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 5 replies
    Perth Now ^ | 1 Sept 2010 | Glenn Cordingley
    A PERTH man who mercilessly bashed a Buddhist monk to death in a suburban park could be out of jail in under four years. Ian Samuel James McConkey, 38, of Coolbellup, was sentenced in the WA Supreme Court today to five and a half years in jail for the manslaughter of Buu "Paul'' Lieu , 48, on January 10 this year. McConkey, who could not explain why he attacked the defenseless monk, will be eligible for parole after three years and four months. Mr Lieu died in hospital two weeks after being bashed early in the morning at Bibra Lake...
  • Rebels kill Buddhist couple, children in Thai south

    02/01/2011 10:33:32 PM PST · by george76 · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 1, 2011 | Surapan Boonthanom
    Suspected Muslim separatists shot dead a Buddhist family of four in Thailand's deep south, police said on Tuesday, the latest attack in an escalation of violence in the region. The killings followed a bloody raid on an army camp and a big roadside bombing in the past 12 days that were believed to have been carried out by ethnic Malay Muslim rebels seeking autonomy from predominantly Buddhist Thailand. The bodies of the Buddhist couple, their daughter, 15, and 7-year-old son were found in a forest in Yala, one of three Muslim-dominated provinces bordering Malaysia where more than 4,300 people have...
  • Close Encounters of the Buddhist Kind (Huge world-wide cult)

    01/31/2011 2:26:23 AM PST · by Islander7 · 5 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | Jan 20, 2011 | RON GLUCKMAN, PHOTOS BY LUKE DUGGLEBY
    Picture this: millions of followers gathering around a central shrine that looks like a giant UFO in elaborately choreographed Nuremberg-style rallies; missionary outposts in 31 countries from Germany to the Democratic Republic of the Congo; an evangelist vision that seeks to promote a "world morality restoration project"; and a V-Star program that encourages hundreds of thousands of children to improve "positive moral behavior." Although the Bangkok-based Dhammakaya movement dons saffron robes, not brown shirts, its flamboyant ceremonies have become increasingly bold displays of power for this cult-like Buddhist group that was founded in the 1970s, ironically, as a reform...
  • In F.B.I., Innocent Detainee Found Unlikely Ally

    06/30/2004 12:27:40 PM PDT · by optik_b · 19 replies · 210+ views
    The New York Times ^ | June 30, 2004 | NINA BERNSTEIN
    In F.B.I., Innocent Detainee Found Unlikely Ally By NINA BERNSTEIN t took no more than a week for James P. Wynne, a veteran F.B.I. investigator, to confirm the harmless truth that only now, more than two years later, he is ready to talk about. The small foreign man he helped arrest for videotaping outside an office building in Queens on Oct. 25, 2001, was no terrorist. He was a Buddhist from Nepal planning to return there after five years of odd jobs at places like a Queens pizzeria and a Manhattan flower shop. He was taping New York street scenes...
  • How Mormons Are Buddhists & Vice Versa (Mormon/Buddhist Fusion Caucus)

    12/28/2010 3:24:14 PM PST · by mnehring · 49 replies · 12+ views
    A few months ago, I gave a talk in Sacrament meeting in which I discussed how studying other religious faiths and their scriptures had enriched my life. When the meeting was over, a couple approached me and said they wanted a copy of the talk to give their daughter because she described herself as a “Buddhist Mormon.” The couple said their daughter couldn’t decide whether to be a Buddhist or a Mormon, so she was trying to be both.I responded that in a certain sense I considered myself a “Buddhist Mormon” as well, and that the beauty of true Mormonism...
  • Steven Seagal Lawman

    10/06/2010 8:35:36 PM PDT · by Cindy · 41 replies · 1+ views - A & E ^ | unknown | n/a
    SNIPPET: "His movies have grossed more than $2 billion worldwide. He is an expert martial artist with a 7th-degree black belt in Aikido. He's considered to be in the same class of action hero as Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. However, Steven Seagal isn't just an action hero in the movies. For almost 20 years, Seagal has been working as a fully commissioned deputy with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office in Louisiana. In addition to going out on patrol, Seagal is an expert marksman who has worked with their SWAT team and has instructed Jefferson Parish officers in firearms and...
  • Monk [Buddhist] bashed to death in drug-crazed rage

    08/31/2010 11:40:03 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 4 replies
    A 38 year-old Perth man will spend at least three years and four months behind bars for what has been described as the unprovoked and savage bashing of a Buddhist monk. Ian Samuel James McConkey pleaded guilty to unlawfully killing 48 year-old Buu Lieu who died in hospital two weeks after he was bashed in a car park in Bibra Lake in January. The Supreme Court was told McConkey could not provide an explanation for what he had done other than he was under the influence of alcohol and amphetamines which put him into a rage. McConkey was sentenced to...
  • The Dalai Lama on violence

    07/11/2010 9:09:05 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 99 replies · 2+ views
    Guardian UK ^ | 21 June 2010 | Andrew Brown
    The Dalai Lama has sent a message of support for Armed Forces Day, which is next Saturday. In it, he writes of his admiration for the military. That is perhaps not so surprising. As he explains, there are many parallels between being a monk and being a soldier – the need for discipline, companionship, and inner strength. But his support will take some of his western admirers by surprise, not least when it comes to his thoughts on non-violence. Attitudes towards violence in Buddhism are enormously complex. There are some traditions that argue aggression, and killing in particular, is always...
  • Travel Like a VIP on a Small Budget in Asia

    04/30/2010 12:29:29 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 16 replies · 583+ views
    Associated Content ^ | April 30 2010 | Alice Winters
    Rarely are currency exchange rates as good for the American dollar as that of Asian countries. In Asia, the American dollar carries a lot of clout and with the recent devaluation of the USD; it is a good thing that these countries offer an excellent trip for so little cost to Americans.
  • The Dalai Lama May not Visit Moscow

    04/23/2010 3:14:06 PM PDT · by 0beron · 5 replies · 350+ views
    Eponymous Flower ^ | 04/23/2010 | Tancred]Russia refuses the Dalai Lama entry. The buddhist Community reported that the foreign minister in Moscow refused the visa with consideration of China's objections.
  • Boulder's Naropa University investigates alleged embezzlement ( Buddhists in Colorado )

    04/04/2010 1:49:40 PM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies · 441+ views
    daily camera ^ | 04/01/2010 | Erica Meltzer
    Three Naropa University employees -- two of them top administrators -- have been fired after an investigation into embezzlement at the Buddhist-inspired school... An internal investigation after an FBI tip found that a finance department employee had embezzled roughly $450,000 from the Boulder liberal arts school over a two-year period. President Stuart Lord said agents from the FBI approached university officials about two weeks ago to tell them the agency had received a report of embezzlement and to ask Naropa to conduct an internal investigation.

    04/02/2010 2:03:16 PM PDT · by Cindy · 11 replies · 369+ views
    (REUTERS) via JIHAD ^ | April 2, 2010 6:09 AM | n/a
    SNIPPET: "NARATHIWAT, Thailand (Reuters) - Suspected Islamic insurgents shot dead six Buddhist villagers in Thailand's restive south Thursday, police said, the latest attack in the troubled region bordering Malaysia. The villagers in Narathiwat province were believed to have been ambushed, said police Colonel Sanit Suwanno... Ten policemen and soldiers were also wounded when a roadside bomb exploded as they were traveling to the scene of the shootings, police said."
  • Buddhist extremists brutally attack Catholic church in Sri Lanka

    12/11/2009 12:29:35 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 82 replies · 2,403+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 12/11/2009 | n/a
    More than 1,000 Buddhist extremists armed with clubs, swords and stones ferociously attacked a Catholic church in the town of Crooswatta, Sri Lanka on December 6, destroying the altar, statues and pews. L’Osservatore Romano reported that Father Jude Denzil Lakshman, pastor of Our Lady of the Mystical Rose, said “I still can hear their shouts in my ears, ‘Cut him to pieces, kill him’.” The attack took place after the 7 p.m., Sunday Mass, leaving several parishioners wounded. “It is obvious that the attack was well-planned and that the mob waited for us to come out after Mass,” Father Lakshman...
  • Thailand: "More than 3900 people have died in shootings, bomb blasts, beheadings and..."

    10/31/2009 1:38:29 PM PDT · by Cindy · 8 replies · 857+ views
    (AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE) via JIHAD (A ^ | Posted by Robert on October 31, 2009 5:21 AM | n/a
    SNIPPET: "SUSPECTED Islamic insurgents shot and killed two people and wounded three others in a bomb blast in Thailand's troubled Muslim-majority south, police said. Gunmen broke into a house in Yala province and shot dead a 16-year-old Buddhist girl, also wounding her 29-year-old husband, they said.... More than 3900 people have died in shootings, bomb blasts, beheadings and crucifixions since a separatist insurgency erupted in Thailand's southern provinces bordering Malaysia in January 2004."
  • U.S. Army Sending First Buddhist Chaplain to Iraq

    10/30/2009 8:31:28 PM PDT · by Saije · 17 replies · 665+ views
    Fox News ^ | 10/30/2009 | Lauren Green
    All Army chaplains wear the same uniform, and...answer to the same calling: to provide comfort and to relieve the suffering of American soldiers. But one chaplain stands out from the crowd. Thomas Dyer is the first and only Buddhist chaplain in the history of the U.S. Army. Dyer will be deployed to the Middle East in December along with the 278th Armored Calvary Regiment. Although his faith is grounded in pacifism, the 43-year-old Dyer says war has become a necessary part of peace. "My teacher has concluded that without the military, without civil protection, the world would enter into a...
  • Episcopal bishop appears headed for defeat

    06/05/2009 6:24:52 PM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies · 482+ views
    Religion News Service ^ | 6/5/2009 | Daniel Burke
    (RNS) The election of an Episcopal bishop in Michigan who has practiced Buddhist meditation and changed traditional church prayers appears headed for defeat, according to an unofficial tally kept by a newspaper reporter. The Rev. Kevin Thew Forrester was elected bishop of the sparsely populated Diocese of Northern Michigan in February. Under Episcopal Church rules, a majority of bishops and 111 regional standing committees must vote to ratify his election before it is valid. On Friday (June 5), the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, which has kept an unofficial running tally of the voting, reported that 56 standing committees—a majority—have voted to withhold...

    04/17/2009 4:06:31 AM PDT · by kellynla · 10 replies · 579+ views ^ | April 16, 2009 | staff
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, April 16 (Compass Direct News) – Buddhist mobs attacked several churches in Sri Lanka last week, threatening to kill a pastor in the southern province of Hambanthota and ransacking a 150-year-old Methodist church building in the capital. On April 8, four Buddhist extremists approached the home of pastor Pradeep Kumara in Weeraketiya, Hambanthota district, calling for him to come out and threatening to kill him. The pastor said his wife, at home alone with their two children, phoned him immediately but by the time he returned, the men had left. Half an hour later, Kumar said, the...
  • What Will Happen to Ancient Art in the Taliban's Swat?

    03/02/2009 4:38:57 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies · 639+ views
    Archaeology ^ | Friday, February 20, 2009 | Beyond Stone & Bone Archive
    For centuries, the Swat River valley was a Buddhist haven. According to tradition, Buddha himself journeyed to Swat during his last reincarnation, and preached to the local villagers. And by the 6th-century A.D, Buddhist pilgrims from as far away as China flocked to the Swat valley, a beautiful lush land of orchards and rushing mountain streams. One early Chinese account describes as many as 1400 Buddhist monasteries perched along the valley walls in the 7th century. Devout Buddhist artists left an incredibly rich legacy in Swat. Since the valley lay along a major route of the Silk Road -- which...
  • Mysterious ancient Buddhist box opened

    08/07/2008 10:41:16 AM PDT · by BGHater · 40 replies · 188+ views ^ | 07 Aug 2008 |
    Chinese archaeologists on Wednesday opened a 1,000-year-old steel case that was believed to contain Buddhist relics. A pagoda top wrapped in silk emerged after archaeologists removed two steel panels of the cube-shaped case, which is 0.5 meter long, 0.5 meter wide and 1.34 meters high. Hua Guorong, vice curator of the Nanjing City Museum where the case was opened, said an initial analysis showed the object was a pagoda about 1 meter high. He said Buddhist relics, which were formed from the ashes of cremated Buddhist masters and were an important aspect of the religion, were likely to be under...
  • Dalai Lama’s Message Resonates (7,000 in Madison hear talk of unity, politics)

    07/21/2008 6:53:22 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 14 replies · 252+ views
    JSOnline ^ | July 19, 2008 | Tom Heinen
    Madison, WI - Seated cross-legged onstage in a large upholstered chair, one of the world's best-known religious leaders delivered his trademark messages of compassion, peace and unity with typical humor, verve and humility Saturday afternoon. In response to a written question from the audience about Tibetan culture being strong enough to still mount widespread demonstrations against Chinese rule this year, he also ventured into the political arena. “I want to make clear. We always respect the Chinese people, not the Chinese government,” he said, to loud applause, adding that the uprisings were pro-freedom, not anti-Chinese. For the more than 7,000...
  • Riot in Tibet as Chinese police clash with protesters ( injuries, gunfire reported )

    03/14/2008 3:10:19 AM PDT · by Hillarys Gate Cult · 74 replies · 4,295+ views
    Times Online ^ | March 14, 2008 | Jane Macartney
    One of the largest markets in the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, is in flames and at least one police car has been burnt as angry monks and Tibetans clash with police today. The surge of violence follows almost a week of demonstrations by lamas from monasteries around the Tibetan capital, who have been demanding greater freedom of religion before the Olympic Games as well as independence for the deeply Buddhist Himalayan region.
  • Buddhist Boomers: A Meditation

    11/14/2007 9:37:00 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 24 replies · 214+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 14 November 2007 | CLARK STRAND
    ...One estimate puts the average age of Buddhist converts (about a third of the American Buddhist population) at upwards of 50. This means that the religion is almost certain to see its numbers reduced over the next generation as boomer Buddhists begin to die off without having passed their faith along to their children. And Jewish and Christian models offer the most logical solution for reversing that decline. The basic problem is that non-Asian converts tend not to regard what they practice as a religion. From the beginning, Buddhism has been seen in its American incarnation not as an alternative...
  • Burma 'rejects UN mediation plan'

    11/07/2007 7:50:20 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 11 replies · 83+ views
    BBC World News ^ | Wednesday, 7 November 2007 | BBC News
    Burma's ruling generals have rejected a UN plan for three-way talks involving detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, according to state media. Minister Kyaw Hsan told UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari that Burma would not accept interference in its sovereignty. Mr Gambari arrived in Burma on Saturday for his second visit since protests in September were brutally suppressed. BBC UN correspondent Laura Trevelyan says diplomats privately admit omens for Mr Gambari's mission are not good. Publicly, UN officials are saying they cannot confirm the junta's decision to reject the talks proposal, according to our correspondent. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon...
  • Monks return to streets of Burma

    10/31/2007 2:07:59 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 1 replies · 69+ views
    BBC World News ^ | Wednesday, 31 October 2007 | BBC News
    More than 100 monks have marched in central Burma, the first time they have returned to the streets since last month's bloody crackdown on protests. The monks chanted and prayed as they marched through Pakokku, the site of an incident last month that triggered pro-democracy protests nationwide. The government said 10 people died during the crackdown, but diplomats believe the toll was much higher. Thousands more - many of them monks - were thought to have been detained. Separately, the Human Rights Watch organisation has accused the Burmese army of forcibly recruiting children to cover gaps left by a lack...
  • [Thai] Top brass' record on Burma needs to change

    10/02/2007 8:35:03 AM PDT · by JimSEA · 4 replies · 131+ views
    Bangkok Post ^ | Tuesday October 02, 2007 | ANURAJ MANIBHANDU
    The country's top brass seem to have learned nothing from the contempt they drew from the international community for their conduct 19 years ago when Burmese generals put down the popular uprising in 1988. Then Gen Chavalit Yongchaiyudh, as the country's army commander-in-chief, blithely headed a high-ranking delegation to Rangoon shortly after the junta's resort to violence left some 3,000 people dead, and sent hundreds of thousands seeking refuge in Thailand. The visit was tantamount to condoning a military dictatorship elsewhere decried for the excesses against demonstrators. The trade-off? Some kind of arrangement involving Burmese timber and fishery. Not long...
  • US strengthens sanctions on Burma

    09/28/2007 6:48:16 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 2 replies · 48+ views
    BBC World News ^ | Saturday, 29 September 2007 | BBC News
    The US has banned dozens of members of Burma's military government from obtaining US travel visas because of ongoing violence against protesters. A state department spokesman said more officials would be added to the list if they were judged responsible for human rights abuses. Reports from Burma say military may have succeeded in limiting the scale of the protests in the main city, Rangoon.