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  • Idiot Compassion

    06/06/2007 1:17:58 AM PDT · by neverdem · 45 replies · 2,136+ views
    American Thinker ^ | June 06, 2007 | Ralph Alter
    The term "bleeding-heart liberal" has been bandied about for years, in an effort to illustrate the faux or at least hyperbolic sense of compassion attributed to those on the left.  The lefties in America and Europe would like to be known as those who care, unless you happen to be a Bible-following Christian, a conservative or a fetus. The information age has facilitated the dissemination of all things cultural, spiritual and intellectual.  One of the most important developments in the West has been the study and practice of Eastern religions and "ways."  Zen Buddhism, for instance, is thought of by...
  • Buddhist women shot dead in Thai Muslim south ( and more )

    04/20/2007 9:14:57 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies · 533+ views
    the nation ^ | April 21, 2007
    Suspected Islamic rebels shot dead two Buddhist women in Thailand's restive Muslim-majority south as the country's army-installed premier began a one-day visit to the region Friday. The victims, aged 17 and 20, were gunned down late Thursday in a drive-by shooting while riding a motorcycle in Narathiwat, one of three violence-torn southern provinces bordering Malaysia, police said. Also in Narathiwat, militants set ablaze an elementary school early Friday, destroying a wooden building, while three Army rangers were hurt when a roadside bomb exploded late Thursday in nearby Yala province.
  • Thai Buddhist killed and burned in restive south ( Religion of Peace )

    04/17/2007 9:15:05 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies · 542+ views
    the nation ^ | April 17, 2007
    NARATHIWAT - An elderly Buddhist man was shot dead and his body set on fire Sunday in Thailand's restive south, police said, days after a similar incident provoked angry protests. The 70-year-old man was attacked by suspected Islamic militants as he drove his motorbike home from a market in Narathiwat, one of three Muslim-majority southern provinces beset by a separatist insurgency. The attackers shot the man three times in the head and torso, before setting his body on fire. Passers-by were able to rescue the corpse before it was badly burned, a local police officer said. A 26-year-old Buddhist woman...
  • Explosion at Yala market injures 11 (Thailand)

    04/12/2007 3:39:21 PM PDT · by JimSEA · 6 replies · 286+ views
    Nation (Thai) ^ | Fri, April 13, 2007 | Staff
    Another bomb at bus terminal, four others defused; communal emotions run high A bomb exploded in a busy market yesterday, wounding 11 people as hundreds of angry Buddhists gathered in the town centre to call for tougher security measures. The bomb, packed with shrapnel, was placed next to a pork stall inside a water pipe left behind by construction workers. Police believe the explosion was set off by mobile phone. Two soldiers and a police officer were among the injured. A second bomb went off in the bathroom of Yala's main bus terminal, but there were no injuries. Reports of...
  • Evangelicals hope to 'reach' Buddhists

    04/05/2007 5:05:09 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 193 replies · 2,228+ views
    Sun-Times ^ | April 4, 2007 | STEFANO ESPOSITO
    If you're a Tibetan Buddhist or you're leaning that way, you may not know it, but you need Jesus. That's the thinking behind a series of Christian evangelical workshops -- including one later this month in Wheaton -- that will coincide with the Dalai Lama's trip to Chicago and other American cities this spring. Interserve USA is putting on the workshops to teach Christians how to talk to Buddhists and, perhaps, to win converts. "We welcome the Dalai Lama here, but we also want to have a chance to reach Tibetan Buddhists with the gospel," said Doug Van Bronkhorst, executive...
  • Buddhist monk arrested over child prostitution

    03/23/2007 1:15:25 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 5 replies · 541+ views
    Japan Today ^ | March, 23, 2007
    Buddhist monk arrested over child prostitution, A 25-year-old Buddhist monk from the Shogetsuin Temple in Ube, Yamaguchi Prefecture, was arrested Friday for engaging in child prostitution with a 15-year-old girl who he met through a cell phone dating website. According to police, Nobuhiro Suetsugu had sex with the girl at a hotel in Toshima ...
  • A harsher Islam gains power_(Indonesia)

    03/09/2007 7:33:22 PM PST · by Flavius · 14 replies · 694+ views
    the columbus dispatch ^ | March 09, 2007 | Robin McDowell
    JAKARTA, Indonesia — Women are jailed for being on the street alone after dark in parts of Indonesia, long held up as a beacon of moderate Islam. Gamblers are caned, Christian schoolchildren are forced to wear headscarves and a proposed law would sentence thieves to lose their hands. In January 2006, this woman was caned by a Shariah law officer in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, for violating a law forbidding contact between unmarried men and women.Although most people in the world’s most populous Muslim nation practice a tolerant form of the faith, a small but determined group of conservatives is chipping...
  • Muslim insurgency stokes fear in southern Thailand

    02/25/2007 2:04:06 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 26 replies · 1,033+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | February 25, 2007 | Seth Mydans
    Some are already calling it war, a brutal Muslim separatist insurgency in southern Thailand that has taken as many as 2,000 lives in three years, with almost- daily bombings, drive-by shootings, arson and beheadings. It is a conflict the government admits it is losing. [...] A new policy of conciliation pursued by Thailand's junta since it took power in a coup five months ago has been met by increased violence, including a barrage of 28 coordinated bombings in the south that killed or injured about 60 people a week ago. [...] "Buddhist monks have been hacked to death, clubbed to...
  • Kids can skip school on Buddha's birthday and 74 other holidays

    09/25/2006 4:51:53 PM PDT · by Coleus · 27 replies · 1,110+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | 09.08.06 | JOHN MOONEY
    To keep her perfect attendance record, Tahera Ali's 13-year-old daughter used to go to school for only a couple of hours on the Islamic Day of Ashurah, getting out just in time to attend prayers for what is a holy day of sorrow. "We wear all black on that date, and she would have to change in the car on the way" to the mosque, said the Bridgewater mother. This year it will be different. Using a little-known process that intertwines education and religion, Ali petitioned her district and this year the day was placed on New Jersey's approved list...
  • Five shot dead in Thailand's Muslim south ( Religion of Peace )

    11/18/2006 9:02:46 AM PST · by george76 · 18 replies · 664+ views
    The Australian ^ | 18nov06 | From correspondents in Yala, Thailand
    FIVE people were shot dead and one policeman was wounded in a string of drive-by shootings by suspected Islamic militants in Thailand's restive Muslim-majority south, police said. A 60-year-old Buddhist cattle raiser was gunned down while walking, before suspected insurgents burned his body and left it on the roadside in Yala, one of three violence-torn southern provinces bordering Malaysia. A 52-year-old Buddhist street ice cream seller was also shot dead on Friday by two suspected insurgents on a motorcycle in Yala where another Muslim villager, 27, was killed late on the same day while riding a motorcycle, police said. In...
  • Bin Laden's fingerprints seen on ruins of Bamiyan Buddhas

    10/21/2006 12:59:28 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies · 1,559+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 10/21/06 | Selim Saheb Ettaba
    BAMIYAN, Afghanistan (AFP) - In a huge cavity dug into the side of a cliff, workers search through the rubble to exhume the remains of the giant Buddhas of Bamiyan. At the scene of the crime carried out in 2001 all evidence points to Osama bin Laden as the mastermind. "This is the terrorism of the Taliban," says Rahim, an official at the work site in front of the empty niche of the biggest of the two statues, one of which stood 55 metres (182 feet) tall and the other 38 metres. Wearing a hard hat and a mask over...
  • Tiger Saves Awkward Moment (Man asks Woods "Have you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior?")

    10/18/2006 9:25:27 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 255 replies · 4,482+ views
    The New York Post ^ | October 18, 2006 | Staff
    IGER Woods got ambushed by an evangelical guest of Nike on Oct. 9 during an exclusive golf outing for top business and entertainment executives. ... "During the lunch, there was a Q&A session with Woods, and most people were asking about their swings or golf questions," our source said. "Until some guy - a guest of Nike - stood up and said, 'Have you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior? And if not, prayfully, would you?' " The source added, "You could have heard a pin drop. People were mortified. But Tiger was as unflappable as he is on...
  • Four Buddhists shot dead in unrest ( Religion of Peace in Thailand )

    09/27/2006 11:02:00 AM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies · 1,010+ views
    The Australian ^ | 27sep06 | correspondents in Thailand
    Islamic militants today shot dead four Buddhists in two separate attacks in Thailand's mainly Muslim south, where an insurgency has raged for more than two years... In one attack, two teenagers in Islamic students' dress and riding a motorcycle, shot and killed three Buddhists in Yala... “The militants exploited the fact that the men were shopping at a grocery store and could not defend themselves, even though they had a gun,” police Colonel Somsak Wannawak said. Earlier a militant shot dead a Buddhist man in Pattani province while he was riding a bus... More than 1400 people have died in...
  • Catholicism and Buddhism: Compatible Beliefs?

    08/29/2006 9:18:04 PM PDT · by Coleus · 16 replies · 1,009+ views
    Catholic Culture ^ | 08.29.06 | Peter Mirus
    Buddhism was introduced to the United States near the beginning of the 20th century, but over the past 30 years or so, Buddhism has crept into our cultural consciousness. For some it is known as having been co-opted into a marketing campaign (such as to promote the Zen Micro MP3 player), for others as a cause for Hollywood celebrities, for still others a trend in architectural design, etc. But for many others – approximately one million U.S. believers among 380 million worldwide who profess to be Buddhists rather than merely being spiritually or creatively influenced by its philosophies – it...
  • Buddhism and Neuroscience [The spirit helps/owns science! YES! for capitalists]

    01/30/2006 9:25:43 PM PST · by JudgemAll · 8 replies · 280+ views
    Cog News ^ | Friday September 12 05 | Pennywise
    Posted by Pennywise on Friday September 12, @04:51PM from the there-is-no-spoon dept. His Holiness the Dalai Lama recently made a surprising suggestion -- neuroscientists should turn to Buddhism and use meditation as a tool for investigating the mind. The suggestion comes as the Dalai Lama is set to speak to a sold out crowd at MIT tomorrow about bringing Buddhists and scientists together to explore the brain and mind. Scientists who have met the Dalai Lama say they have been struck at his openness to science. He has said he has been interested in science since he was a boy,...
  • Buddhist monks brawl at Sri Lanka peace protest

    08/17/2006 6:05:40 AM PDT · by rightgrafix · 23 replies · 909+ views
    reuters ^ | Thu Aug 17, 2006 1:53 PM BST173
    COLOMBO (Reuters) - Protesters calling for an end to recent violence in Sri Lanka found themselves brawling with hardline Buddhist monks on Thursday, after a rally dubbed a "peace protest" turned unexpectedly violent. Organisers said there were around 1,000 people in a park in the capital, Colombo, listening to a range of speakers when hardline saffron-robed monks opposed to concessions to Tamil Tiger rebels mounted the stage and erected banners. Some more moderate Buddhist monks, protesting for peace, were already on the stage when punches were thrown. Soon, monks' robes and fists were flying, although no one was badly hurt,...
  • Ancient Persian drawing found in Afghan Buddhist cave

    07/25/2006 11:53:34 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies · 900+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Tue Jul 25
    Japanese researchers said they found a seventh-century painting of a mythological Persian bird in Afghanistan's Bamiyan ruins, showing the region's Buddhism was influenced by pre-Islamic Iran. The team unearthed an image of what appears to be a Simorgh, the giant and powerful bird that figures prominently in Zoroastrian-era Iranian legends. The faded painting emerged after Japanese researchers removed soot from a Buddhist cave in Bamiyan, the region where Taliban Islamic extremists dynamited the world's tallest standing Buddha statues in 2001. "This is the first time a vivid image of this creature was confirmed" in Bamiyan, an expert involved in the...
  • Ancient Buddhist temple razed in Himachal blaze

    07/15/2006 8:22:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies · 338+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | July 15, 2006
    A fire in a 1,000-year-old Buddhist temple in a remote valley of Himachal Pradesh has reduced the pinewood-structure to ashes and also destroyed a number of scriptures, artefacts and murals, officials said. The fire at the temple in Ribba in Kinnaur valley, about 200 km from Shimla, started late on Friday and caused losses of nearly Rs 125 million, they said. Besides, 170 Buddhist scriptures written over centuries by monks on birch paper rolls, many murals of Lord Buddha, antique jewellery and other artefacts have been reduced to ashes. Himalayan pinewood planks that were used to construct the temple only...
  • Historic Meeting of Religious Leaders Under Way in Moscow

    07/04/2006 10:54:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies · 635+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | July 4, 2006
    MOSCOW, JULY 4, 2006 ( A Russian Orthodox Church official called for a "global union" in the world that respects various traditions, especially religious ones. Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, president of the Foreign Relations Department of the Moscow Patriarchate, made that comment at the historic meeting of some 200 leaders of the world's religions. The leaders, from 40 countries, are meeting for three days in the Russian capital to discuss their positions on the problems that afflict contemporary society. The objective of the meeting was to influence politicians' decisions favorably and to favor a general change in the...
  • 2,300-Year-Old Artefacts May Change Ashoka-Buddhist History

    07/04/2006 3:25:30 PM PDT · by blam · 46 replies · 1,081+ views
    2,300-year-old artefacts may change Ashoka-Buddhist history (FOC) BHUBANESWAR: Orissa Institute of Maritime and South East Asian Studies (OIMSEAS) has unearthed some 2,300-year-old artefacts at Jajpur district in Orissa, which, it claimed, could change some historical narratives on the Ashokan period. The description of Chinese pilgrim Hieun-Tsang about Ashoka that he had constructed 10 stupas in Odra country where Buddha had preached may come true. Earlier, historians refused to accept the narrative. We have already analysed five stupas and found three more similar structures,” OIMSEAS Director Debaraj Pradhan told mediapersons here. He said a huge inscribed monolithic stupa along with other...
  • Religious Leaders to Gather for Moscow Summit

    06/06/2006 5:38:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies · 203+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | June 6, 2006
    MOSCOW, JUNE 6, 2006 ( A world summit of religious leaders will take place in Moscow in July, according to a bulletin of the Russian Orthodox Church. The meeting was announced by Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, head of the External Relations Department of the Moscow Patriarchate, during a recent interview with Hubert Colin de Verdière, secretary-general of France's foreign ministry. It was reported by Europaica, the bulletin of the Orthodox Church's representation to the European Union. Metropolitan Kirill hopes the July 4-5 summit will "play an important part in the prevention of extremism." It is expected that the...
  • Remains Of Past Emerge From The Dark - Ancient Buddhist Stupas Discovered In Bihar

    05/08/2006 2:50:38 PM PDT · by blam · 9 replies · 702+ views
    Telegraph India ^ | 5-7-2006 | Santosh Singh
    Remains of past emerge from the dark - Ancient buddhist stupas discovered in bihar districts SANTOSH SINGH A mound discovered recently at Turki in Bihar’s Vaishali district. Telegraph picture Patna, May 7: A forgotten chapter of ancient history is emerging, slowly and silently, in Bihar with Patna’s KP Jaiswal Research Institute identifying as many as 70 Buddhist stupas, 50 of which remain buried underground. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) approved project plans to document all the stupas by September this year, said director of the institute Vijay Chaudhary. Buddhist texts indicate that when the Buddha died, he was cremated...
  • Multiphonic monk takes nostril camera test

    02/08/2006 1:27:39 AM PST · by CarrotAndStick · 3 replies · 268+ views ^ | Guwahati, February 8, 2006 |
    When this Indian monk chanted, the West wondered how he created a choral effect. Ngawang Tashi Bapu or Lama Tashi—who mesmerised music lovers with his multi-phonic chanting—found a place in Grammy nominations and triggered a chain of vocal experiments, is changing track. He will now sing in monotone, in his “normal voice”. Last year, Lama Tashi took the US by storm with his solo album Tibetan Master Chants comprising 12 Buddhist mantras of compassion and tranquillity. On the eve of the 48th Grammy Award presentation — the “world’s biggest music show” — the 38-year-old Monpa monk from Arunachal Pradesh has...
  • Santa hats and holiday tack; Cambodia decks the halls (even Buddhists like Christmas)

    12/23/2005 11:19:27 AM PST · by nuconvert · 5 replies · 292+ views
    YahooNews/AFP ^ | Dec 23, 2005
    Santa hats and holiday tack; Cambodia decks the halls Fri Dec 23, 2005 Emerging from decades of civil war and years of isolation, largely Buddhist Cambodia is embracing Christmas, at least the baubles, fairy lights and red felt Santa outfits. But this quintessentially Christian celebration filtered through the Cambodian prism seems to be all about the party, while Jesus, Joseph and Mary have been left out in the cold. "I don't care what kind of ceremony it is," says 16 year-old high school student Koam Chanrasmey. "I just want to celebrate it because a lot of other youths will do...

    12/02/2005 10:42:10 PM PST · by B-Chan · 3 replies · 516+ views ^ | October 25, 2004 | Joseph Pearce
    "It's all very well to live simply and grow things and practice crafts... but what about the hundreds of thousands who can't hope to be self-sufficient in property and craft?" This summarizes the complaint by modern critics against "distributism"—the economic philosophy inspired by Catholic social teaching and developed, early last century, by Catholic thinkers such as G.K. Chesterton and Hillaire Belloc. According to distributism, property should be spread widely, so that people can earn a living without having to rely on the state (socialism) or a small number of individuals (capitalism). According to the pessimistic view of critics, small-scale economies...
  • Rebels gun down three Buddhists (Thailand)

    11/21/2005 2:59:47 PM PST · by JimSEA · 12 replies · 459+ views
    Bangkok Post ^ | Tuesday 22 November 2005 | MUHAMMAD AYUB PATHAN
    Yala _ Three Buddhists in this southern province were killed and two others seriously wounded when heavily armed men stormed their houses before setting fire to them early last night. After being alerted to the attacks, police rushed to Ban Soipalas in Than Tho district and found two houses belonging to Buddhists set ablaze. The bullet-riddled body of a man identified later as Bunjeu Saengpakdi, 56, was found in one of the houses. The body of another woman was found lying in a pool of blood in a nearby fruit orchard. The dead woman, identified as Arom Napa-nang, had shot...
  • Are you metrospiritual?

    11/16/2005 7:16:38 PM PST · by miketheprof · 19 replies · 1,446+ views
    The Waffling Anglican ^ | 11/16/2005 | The Waffling Anglican
    Gwyneth Paltrow is one. So are Angelina Jolie and Leonardo DiCaprio. Chances are your bikram yoga teacher has the major characteristics and so does the guy who makes your fruit smoothie at Jamba Juice. Donna Karan is totally in on it. The salesperson who helps you find the right Botanical Kinetics moisturizer at Aveda is probably one, along with your eco-tourism guide at Costa Rican surf camp. Richard Gere may be the proto-one and Uma Thurman was pretty much born into it. What is influencing Hollywood stars and Wal-Mart shoppers, fashionistas and Filene’s basement-dwellers alike? It’s called metrospirituality, and chances...
  • Japanese Researchers Find Buddhist Stone Caves In Afghanistan

    11/09/2005 4:38:04 PM PST · by blam · 13 replies · 635+ views
    Kashar News ^ | 11-9-2005
    Japanese researchers find Buddhist stone caves in Afghanistan KABUL, November 9 (SANA) – A team of Japanese researchers has found Buddhist stone caves believed to date back to the eighth century about 120 kilometers west of the Bamiyan ruins in central Afghanistan, the team said Wednesday. The team, headed by Ryukoku University professor Takashi Irisawa, confirmed in late October the discovery of a group of caves built on cliffs located 1 km west of the Keligan ruins in the upper Band-e-Amir River area. The discovery indicates the possibility that the influence of Buddhism may have extended to the area of...
  • Muslim villager shot dead

    11/04/2005 10:04:18 PM PST · by Fair Go · 10 replies · 433+ views
    Muslim villager shot dead 05nov05 A MUSLIM villager has been shot dead by suspected Islamic insurgents in Thailand's restive south while walking home after evening prayers at a mosque, police said today. Leeya Samukama, 27, was killed in an ambush late yesterday in Narthiwat, one of Thailand's violence-plagued southern provinces, they said. The suspected militants also shot and wounded Leeya's friend, Nasuha Ar-ware, 25, who was admitted to hospital, police said, adding they collected several shells from an AK47 assault rifle from the scene. Violence in the three Muslim-majority provinces of mainly Buddhist Thailand has killed more than 1000 people...
  • Former monk on armed mission

    10/31/2005 12:26:47 PM PST · by injin · 31 replies · 607+ views
    Bangkok Post ^ | Tuesday 01 November 2005 | WASSANA NANUAM JETJARAS NA RANONG
    Pattani _ His parents hoped monkhood would help him appreciate the Lord Buddha's teachings, but an attack on Wat Phromprasit on Oct 16 gave Charoen Prathumthes an answer to what he should do with his future. After spending some three months during the Buddhist Lent, he left the monkhood on Oct 24 and immediately joined 43 other villagers as a member of a village defence volunteer team in Ban Nok in Panare district where the temple is located.
  • D.C. Watson: Ramadan Interfaith discussion exposes true agenda (CAIR and their tricks)

    10/10/2005 7:44:38 AM PDT · by Smashed · 7 replies · 687+ views
    Faith Freedom International ^ | 10/09/2005 | D.C. Watson
    Metal band Voidgazer's vocalist, and fellow beer swilling anti-Jihadist Kevin Montavon has just forwarded me a copy of an article from the Faith & Values section of the October 7, 2005 edition of the Columbus Dispatch entitled 'Islam’s Outreach,' written by Felix Hoover. The piece is well written, and offers details into the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. The column thoroughly describes an interfaith gathering, including 'future leaders of Ohio farm and food industries', who visited 'Congregation Tifereth Israel' for an overview of Judaism, before heading to an Islamic center for 'an overview of Islam,' conducted by Abdonasser Abdouni, 'acting...
  • 3rd Century Buddhist Relic Discovered

    08/05/2005 12:25:41 PM PDT · by blam · 12 replies · 493+ views
    The Statesman ^ | 8-3-2005
    3rd century Buddhist relic discovered Statesman News Service BHUBANESWAR, Aug. 3. — The state cultural department today claimed to have discovered 3 Asokan stupas dating back to the 3rd century BC in Dharmasala area of Jajpur district. The discovery is likely to provide further archaeological evidences on the visit of Lord Buddha to Kalinga, site of the historic Kalinga war and the location of Kalinga’s capital. Talking to reporters here today, culture minister Dr Damodar Rout said that the Orissa Institute of Maritime and South-East Asian Studies, under the state culture department, had taken up the excavation work at Tarapur,...
  • A Well Respected Ascetic Buddhist Monk Tortured and Killed in Kun-Hing

    07/29/2005 2:28:00 AM PDT · by ZayYa · 14 replies · 622+ views
    Shan Herald ^ | 29 Jul 2005
    In April 2005, an ascetic Buddhist monk who lived in the forest in Ka Li village tract, in Kun-Hing township, was tortured and beaten to death by SPDC troops from LIB524, at a cave called Tham Loi Mon about 2 miles east of Ka Li village. The monk, widely known as Zao Sin Man (meaning the one who firmly observes the Buddhist moral precepts), mostly lived in the forests and practised meditation in caves. He was a native of Murng Nawng village in Murng Nawng village tract, Kae-See township, and had assumed the monkhood since his teens many years ago....
  • Muslim "Activists" Behead Buddhist in Thailand

    06/06/2005 1:49:21 PM PDT · by Trupolitik · 25 replies · 1,196+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 6 | not stated
    BANGKOK, June 6 (Reuters) - A Buddhist has been beheaded in Muslim-majority southern Thailand, police said on Monday, the fourth decapitation of a Buddhist since violence erupted in the region 18 months ago. Police found the body of the 59-year-old rubber plantation employee at his hut in Yaha district of Yala province late on Sunday. "We believe it must have been the work of those militants," a police officer said by telephone, declining to give further details of the incident in the largely Malay-speaking region, where more than 700 people have died in the violence. No group has claimed responsibility...
  • Monks defrocked after street brawl

    05/31/2005 3:36:04 PM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 42 replies · 1,032+ views
    The Australian ^ | 5-31-05 | correspondents in Bangkok
    FIVE Thai Buddhist monks have been defrocked and fined after a brawl with monks from a nearby temple, police and newspapers said today. The street fight was the culmination of years of antagonism between monks from the two temples who had often exchanged curses, insults and rude gestures as they collected alms on different sides of a road, the Manager newspaper said. "When an ordinary person is given a middle-finger sign, he will be mad. So am I," the paper quoted one of the defrocked monks, Boonlert Boonpan, as saying after the brawl in the north-eastern state of Nong Khai...
  • Sixth Century (Female) Buddhist Statue Discovered

    05/25/2005 12:16:42 PM PDT · by blam · 17 replies · 954+ views
    WebIndia 123 ^ | 5-24-2005 | Sirpur
    Sixth century Buddhist statue discovered:- Sirpur | May 24, 2005 7:26:11 PM IST Indian archaeologists have discovered a rare statue of a Buddhist female monk dating back to the sixth century. The discovery was made during recent excavations in Sirpur, situated 84 kms. from Raipur, capital of central Chhattisgarh state. The excavators unearthed the statue of Haritika, who as per legend abducted infants and later on killed them.Arun Kumar Sharma, chief of the excavation project, said that it was for the first time they have discovered the image of Haritika, which proves that female deities were as popular as their...
  • Buddha’s birthday celebrated (Vietnam)

    05/23/2005 10:55:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies · 340+ views
    VietNam News ^ | 23-05-2005
    HA NOI — Viet Nam’s senior Buddhist leaders celebrated Buddha’s 2549th birthday yesterday by calling for solidarity and co-operation among monks and nuns throughout the country. The Most Venerable Thich Thanh Tu, Vice Chairman of the Executive Council of Viet Nam Buddhist Sangha Congregation, VBSC, said such an effort was needed to ensure development of their association. He was speaking at a ceremony held in collaboration with the Ha Noi Buddhist Association at Phu Linh Village, Soc Son District, outer Ha Noi. The monk said development of the association was ensuring that inaccurate and distorted information spread by some Vietnamese...
  • On this day in 1959: Dalai Lama escapes to India

    03/30/2005 5:46:49 PM PST · by CarrotAndStick · 15 replies · 1,559+ views
    BBC ^ | 31 March, 2005 | BBC
    The spiritual leader of Tibet, the Dalai Lama, has crossed the border into India after an epic 15-day journey on foot from the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, over the Himalayan mountains. There had been no news of his safety or whereabouts since he left Lhasa on 17 March with an entourage of 20 men, including six Cabinet ministers. Many thought he had been killed in the fierce Chinese crackdown that followed the Tibetan uprising earlier this month. Travelling at night The Dalai Lama had to cross the 500-yard wide Brahmaputra river, and endure the harsh climate and extreme heights of the...
  • Buddhist peace prize for Swiss theologian

    02/23/2005 8:50:02 PM PST · by Land of the Irish · 16 replies · 308+ views
    Swissinfo ^ | February 22, 2005
    The renowned Swiss theologian, Hans Küng, is to receive an award by the Japanese Niwano Peace Foundation. The laureate said he would use the prize, which is worth SFr224,000 ($192,275), for his Global Ethic Foundation. The award ceremony is to take place in Tokyo on May 11. The panel said the understanding and insight of the Catholic theologian were indispensable for peace in the world, notably in the Middle East, Iraq and Sri Lanka. "Together with his contributions to interfaith dialogue and cooperation, Dr Küng’s advocacy of a global ethic as a way of realising peace has won him recognition...
  • Militant gunmen shoot at school bus, wounding two boys

    01/19/2005 1:35:59 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies · 509+ views
    The Nation (Thailand) ^ | Jan 19 , 2005
    Two local Buddhist teenagers were wounded when suspected Islamic militant gunmen opened fire on their school bus in Yala province today, police said. Two boys aged 14 and 15 were shot in the hip and shoulder by two gunmen on motorbike who fired at a pick-up truck that had been converted to a school bus, police said. He said the teenage victims were taken to a local hospital and were in stable condition. In a separate incident, a 52-year-old villager was shot dead by a suspected militants using a military gun late Tuesday as he entered his home in the...
  • Buddhists sell a temple to raise relief funds (& Responses of other Faiths)

    01/04/2005 11:13:56 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies · 533+ views
    Vancouver Sun ^ | Tuesday, January 04, 2005 | Douglas Todd
    A Buddhist abbot stunned his Burnaby congregation on Saturday when he announced they would be selling a temple worth more than $500,000 to give all the proceeds to Asia's tsunami victims. But the members of Venerable Thick Nguyen Thao's Buddhist organization were all on side by Monday, when they began showing their small temple in Mission to a prospective buyer in hopes of immediately donating the money to the Red Cross. The startling act of generosity was just one of many that Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Jewish and aboriginal groups in B.C. and Canada were coming up with this week...
  • Clintons, at Queens temple, pledge support for tsunami relief effort (Caption time!)

    01/01/2005 8:26:42 AM PST · by Libloather · 130 replies · 2,982+ views
    Staten Island Advance ^ | 12/31/04 | DEEPTI HAJELA
    Clintons, at Queens temple, pledge support for tsunami relief effort 12/31/2004, 5:28 p.m. ET By DEEPTI HAJELA The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Clinton and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton toured a Buddhist temple in Queens on Friday and pledged their support of relief efforts for the tsunami victims in Asia. The temple, on a residential street in the Parkside Hill neighborhood, was a hive of activity as volunteers packed boxes of clothes and other supplies being shipped to Sri Lanka, where about 28,500 people were killed by the raging tidal waves last weekend. "It is very heartwarming...
  • Thai Buddhist dies despite Queen's pleas for restraint

    11/17/2004 11:02:46 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 13 replies · 549+ views
    Taipai Times ^ | November 18, 2004
    A Thai Buddhist was gunned down in the southern province of Pattani yesterday, a day after Thai Queen Sirikit made an emotional appeal to stop the slaughter of Buddhists in the deep South. Clashes in the South have claimed up to 500 victims this year. A government crackdown on machete-weilding Muslim youth on April 28 left 107 dead, and another crackdown on a mob on Oct. 28 left 85 people dead, 78 of whom died of suffocation in custody while being trucked to an army base.
  • Buddhist beheaded, two shot dead in southern Thailand (ROP strikes again)

    11/09/2004 10:44:07 AM PST · by knighthawk · 6 replies · 352+ views
    Australian Broadcasting Company ^ | November 09 2004 | Reuters
    Suspected militants have beheaded an elderly man, the second Buddhist decapitated in a week, and shot dead two Buddhist workers in southern Thailand in revenge for the October deaths of 85 Muslim protesters. The growing number of apparent revenge killings prompted a leading Islamic cleric to urge Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to apologise to families of the dead protesters, most of whom died of suffocation in army custody. But Mr Thaksin, who has said he regretted the deaths, responded by blasting his own officials for delaying extra payments to officials tackling the unrest in the largely Muslim and relatively poor...
  • Two more Buddhists killed in Thailand (ROP strikes again)

    11/04/2004 12:47:53 PM PST · by knighthawk · 9 replies · 308+ views
    Swissinfo ^ | November 04 2004 | Reuters
    BANGKOK (Reuters) - Two more Thai Buddhists have been killed in Muslim-majority southern Thailand, police say, as outrage mounted over the death last week of 85 Muslims, many in military custody. Police Major Kraw Kosaikanon, 55, was shot in the head on Thursday morning at his family grocery store in Yala province by a militant posing as a customer, officials said. In a separate incident late on Wednesday, a father and son were ambushed on a road near their home in the southern province of Narathiwat, where 85 Muslim protesters died last week, 78 of them suffocation in army custody....
  • Christopher A. Ferrara to Defend Fr. Michael McMahon Against "Buddhist" Lawsuit

    10/29/2004 10:09:44 PM PDT · by Land of the Irish · 7 replies · 290+ views
    The Remnant Newspaper | October 15, 2004
    Fairfield, NJ-Christopher A. Ferrara, Chief Counsel of the American Catholic Lawyers Association, Inc. (and Remnant columnist) will be defending Fr. Michael McMahon of the Society of St. Pius X in the widely reported "Buddhists in the basilica" case arising in Grand Rapids, MI. Fr. McMahon was sued by one Glen Freeman, sacristan ofThe Basilica of St. Adalbert in Grand Rapids, who claims to be acting on behalf of a group of seven Tibetan Buddhist monks. The monks were invited to the basilica's sanctuary last February to "demonstrate" Hindu chants and prayers. When Fr. McMahon and a group of traditionalist Catholics...
  • Is John Kerry Buddhist?

    09/20/2004 7:50:42 AM PDT · by hiram · 40 replies · 804+ views
    Sept. 20, 2004 | Hiram
    John Kerry will often hold his palms together; place them in front of his chest and bow slightly in a gesture reminiscent of the Buddhist faith. I first notice this gesture during his midnight rally right after the end of the Republican Convention. Since then I have noticed him doing the same thing in several news clippings. I know that Teresa Heinz Kerry’s oldest son operates a small Buddhist high school for troubled teens in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and I’m not implying anything but has anyone ever asked Kerry what the significance of this gesture is? What is he trying...
  • JOHN GLENN FLASHBACK, c. 1988: Skeptics Put Glenn, NASA, Under Microscope ('Payoff' Shuttle Flight)

    09/04/2004 4:39:59 PM PDT · by L.N. Smithee · 25 replies · 1,142+ views ^ | June 1998 | John Christiansen
    ATLANTA (CNN) -- Not everyone is enchanted with NASA's plan to send a 77 year- old astronaut-turned-politician into space this fall. In fact, the news conference last January at which NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin announced that U.S. Sen. John Glenn was returning to space had barely gotten into the question-and-answer phase when the sniping began. "There's been some suggestion that this assignment is a political payoff of some sort," an aviation reporter said to Glenn. "That your performance at the Senate hearings on campaign finance reform impressed the White House and that this is a reward for that performance,...
  • Heinz son absent from campaign trail

    08/15/2004 2:47:42 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 56 replies · 2,145+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | August 15, 2004 | Maryclaire Dale
    OTTSVILLE, Pa. -- Teresa Heinz Kerry once hinted at tensions with her first-born son, a 37-year-old blacksmith who seeks an anonymous life with his wife and child in rural Pennsylvania..........Heinz Kerry's eldest son lives with his physician wife, Kristann, on a wooded 163-acre farm near Philadelphia, refusing all inquiries about Kerry's campaign, the Heinz foundation, or his own work and ambitions. He operates a small Buddhist high school for troubled teens nearby, and makes reproduction ironwork in a studio on his secluded property, land he has conserved so it can never be developed. On a much larger scale, his mother...
  • Buddhist “Victory” Set Aside

    08/10/2004 4:44:11 PM PDT · by Land of the Irish · 9 replies · 362+ views
    The Remnant | August 2004
    REMNANT NEWS: Today, Tuesday, August 10, 2004 a judge of the 61st Judicial District vacated a default judgment obtained by a Buddhist group against Fr. Michael McMahon and St. Margaret Mary Church. The court’s order allows the case to proceed to trial. The case arises from the widely reported incident in which a group of Buddhists appeared at the Basilica of St. Adalbert in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to conduct a Buddhist ritual and/or concert. Fr. McMahon and a group of Catholics prayed the rosary in the basilica, and the Buddhists decided to leave. The default judgment for $316. against Fr....