March 30, 2010

Buddhist America in the Press

I decided to sift more finely through my “Buddhist” news feed and pick out articles on Buddhism in North America—some more tangentially than others. Here are some stories from March 26–29 (in no particular order).
  • Arjia Rinpoche discusses his book about experiences under Chinese rule at the Morris Book shop in Lexington Kentucky. [Lexington Herald-Leader]
  • The Frederick News-Post covers Zen master Gosung Shin at the American Zen College in Germantown, Maryland. [Frederick News-Post]
  • Buddhist nun Jun Yasuda leads a 700-mile trek through New York for environmental responsibility. [The Citizen]
  • Rabbi Vanessa Boettiger connects tonglen practice with a meditation on Passover. [The Bennington Banner]
  • Geshe Thupten Phelgye speaks about economics and human rights at Gonzaga University. [Gonzaga Bulletin]
  • Buddhist monks from Los Angeles join in a ceremony at the Portland Rose Festival Dragon Boat race. [Oregon Live]
  • Chua Phuoc Hau in Louisville suffers vandalism, but also receives community support. [The Courier-Journal] (Also see Danny Fisher’s blog.)
  • Brandeis students incorporate Buddhist meditation into a weeklong celebration of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. [The Brandeis Hoot]
  • The Missourian covers the state’s only Cambodian Buddhist monk. [Columbia Missourian]
  • Watsonville Buddhist Temple holds a pancake fundraiser to support a Buddhist youth conference. [Santa Cruz Sentinel]
  • The Argus Observer reflects on Shin Buddhism and Hana Matsuri at the Idaho-Oregon Buddhist Temple. [Argus Observer]
  • Here’s a snapshot of the diverse Buddhist scene in Austin, Texas. [Austin American-Statesman]
It’s a great task for a sick day when you don’t want to do anything mentally intensive. I also feel so much more connected to Buddhist America! Maybe I’ll do it again next week.

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