April 2, 2010

Buddhist America in the Press

Who knew there’d be so much going on in Buddhist America? Below are some news pieces from the past three days.
  • Socho Koshin Ogui heads to Gardena Buddhist Church on April 10–11 to participate in services and lead a “Meditation in Jodo Shinshu” seminar. [Gardena Buddhist Church]
  • Vanderbilt University celebrates Magha Puja along with Passover and Easter. [Vanderbilt Hustler]
  • The Dalai Lama will be in Atlanta at Emory University in October talking about interfaith dialogue, science, meditation and spirituality. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]
  • More discussion of Tiger Wood’s moral journey with a brief mention of his Buddhist faith. [New York Times]
  • The Korean Jogye Order advertises a Templestay program for overseas tourists to “relax, reflect and revitalize” at Korean Buddhist temples. [Toronto Sun]
  • What’s the story behind Bodhi Hawn Hudson’s name? [Us Magazine]
  • I would never have guessed that recently deceased Robert Mander was (spiritually?) Buddhist. [CBC News]
  • A profile of Kevin Trainor, professor and chair of religion at the University of Vermont, spotlights his research which “might discomfit some 21st century American converts.” [UVM University Communications]
  • Sir Edmund Hillary’s remaining ashes are to be taken from a Buddhist monastery in Nepal to the summit of Mount Everest. [AFP]
  • San Francisco’s Franklin Square Park might soon get an Ikeda Peace Gate, donated by Soka Gakkai International. [San Francisco Examiner]
  • Vajrapani Buddhist Center in Orlando, Florida hosts a special Buddha’s Enlightenment Day class on April 15. [Orlando Sentinel]
  • I can’t think of a single Buddhist blogger who hasn’t heard about the upcoming PBS program, “The Buddha.” [The Oklahoman]
  • Hanamatsuri and Easter are being celebrated all throughout Southern California this coming weekend. [Rafu Shimpo]
  • Gelek Rinpoche is in Seattle April 2 and 3 teaching the “Fearless Compassion” workshop. [Examiner.com]
  • Wat Buddharangsi in Miami-Dade will be hosting both a Jade Buddha exhibition and also its yearly Songkran festival. [Sun Sentinel]
Check out the previous list here.

Update: I just realized that a few of these pieces have nothing to do with “Buddhist America”—or at least the “America” part. I’ll try better next time.

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