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Bodhipaksa

Feb 22, 2011

Noise, traffic, animal sacrifice (yes, really). These are the objections put up to block Buddhist groups

Here at Wildmind we’ve reported on several Buddhist organizations that have faced strenuous opposition to establishing or expanding Buddhist centers. Usually the objections are supposedly about traffic, noise (meditation being a notoriously noisy activity), and in one case, the perceived nuisance of animal sacrifice.

John Pappas, a blogger at Elephant Journal, has collated a handy list of groups that have faced such planning objections:

  • Berkeley Thai Buddhist temple ~ Asian Pacific Americans for Progress
  • Vietnamese Buddhist Temple (Lansing, MI) ~ The State News
  • Bat Nha Meditation Institute (Los Angeles, CA) ~ LA Times
  • Yuan Yung Retreat Center (Rowland Hieghts, CA) ~ Buddhist Channel
  • Dau Trang Minh Dang Quang Temple (Utica, NY) ~ WickedLocal
  • Cambodian Buddhist Society of Connecticut (Newtown, Conn.) ~
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    May 30, 2010

    For seven years, monks have had no peace

    Vandalism has plagued a Buddhist temple near Rochester for seven years. Neighbors and police are outraged and baffled.Vandalism has plagued a Buddhist temple near Rochester, Minnesota, for seven years. Neighbors and police are outraged and baffled.

    A chorus of chirping crickets and the smashed shell of a mailbox greet Chhan Aun when he steps out the door of his monk’s residence at the hilltop Buddhist temple southeast of Rochester.

    “We are quiet and peaceful; we try to pray for good things, not bad,” he said, wrapped in his orange robe, as a former monk translates his …

    Bodhipaksa

    Jun 18, 2009

    Meditation Zeitgeist, June 18, 2009

    ZeitgeistA not-entirely-random selection of blog posts on meditation.

    Justin Whitaker, Buddhist scholar and blogger, has a nice review of Bodhipaksa’s latest audiobook, Still The Mind. Justin was a student of Bodhipaksa’s many years ago, but he’s the very soul of integrity and we don’t think his review is hyped in any way.

    Via Shambhala Sun Space comes this delightfully quirky story of the launch of the “Buddha phone” in Japan; a single tap of the phone’s dedicated lotus-leaf button will load a private, customizable, animated altar.

    From the Buddhist Military Sangha blog comes a great video by a Navy Seal, explaining how Zen practice has helped his life and career. Rather bizarrely, …