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Monday, October 08, 2007

Faith in America: Buddhism in the Heartland

In America we have the NBC Nightly News organization with journalist Brian Williams. This past week they've been running a series titled, "Faith in America" and this past Friday the segment was on Buddhism in the heartland of America. There isn't a lot of discussion in America by the media or elsewhere regarding Buddhism. The religious discussion usually focuses on Christianity and/or the other monotheistic religions, Islam and Judaism. Click on the link below to see the video. There is a brief advertisement before the video begins:

Faith in America: Buddhists in the heartland

~Peace to all beings~

PHOTO CREDIT: The Empyrean Buddha by Geoffrey Chandler.

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Anonymous said...

This is an incredible video of a WWII pilot Reincarnated as a child. This is solid proof of Rebirth.

私達 said...

amazingly beautful photo

Greenwoman said...

Love the photo too!

The vid is nice. I too am pleased that they did this piece.


PeterAtLarge said...

Buddhism in two and a half minutes on prime time! Short shrift, I'd say. And I wonder they couldn't find something more substantial to say, even in so short a time.

Gina said...

Thanks! I totally missed this. :)

jackson said...

I like how the 19 year old man toward the beginning of the video pointed out that there is "no pressure" to believe in God, or even call yourself a buddhist. He's right.

They call him James Ure said...

Anonymous Asian Characters:

It is stunning. I love the mystical nature it exudes.


The photo is a beautiful, visual reminder of Oneness. As for the piece, I was pleasantly surprised.


Well, it's a start I guess. ;)

They call him James Ure said...


You're very welcome. I posted it exactly because I thought others missed it too. I just happened to see it because I watch that nightly news daily.


Yeah, I thought it was great as it showed Buddhism's openness and minimal dogma and demand for a major religious commitment.

Gregor said...

Thanks nice little video.

They call him James Ure said...


I'm glad that you and others are enjoying it too.

I bow to the Buddha within you.

des said...

I am glad you posted that video. That is pretty cool that they did a piece on it. I was pretty surprised when I started looking around at the amount of people practicing Buddhism in the Midwest.

They call him James Ure said...


Yeah I was surprised too. It is nice to see the American sangha growing. :)

Anonymous said...

Hello Buddhists, Do you believe GOD who created World? Did he or not? You can learn about that on our free thinkers Web site on

They call him James Ure said...


I do not believe in a personal "God." I do not feel that the question of "God" is really that important to Buddhism.

Many Buddhists are Atheists or Pantheists (soft Atheists).

Anonymous said...

Yes, There is no need GOD for Buddhism. But at present in Asia Africa and other non-catholic contries, Catholic and Cristian NGO foundations have began to grab poor Buddhists for their religion and they do not fear to kill their aginsters of those countries. Therefore we have to save those innocent Buddhists from that NGO catholic missions. I visited that site and it is the newest effort for spread the no GOD truth.

I suggest that non can grab someone for their religion but everybody can say their vision and say it independently. But there is a truth in the world. I have seen that Buddhism is a great religion. None can prove it as a wrong vision. Therefore most of Cristian Catholic and Islamic NGOs and Terrorists try to grab them donating foods, medicines, houses, and jobs too. If Buddhists don't want to know about the question GOD or JEHOVAH or son JESUS they must have a right to live independently. But unfortunately they don't leave them alone. I think in my country USA, I have seen large Buddhist community. They were Catholics and Christians before. Big number of Churches are closing at present. Because they have to known the truths of the worlds from the Science and the only one religion can be compared successfully, is BUDDHISM. Although we can realize it, at present Asians are giving up their Blessed religion very unfortunately. I think, most of them haven't any educational background and feeling from poverty. Therefore, it caused them to sell their religion for donations of NGOs. What a unlucky.

I have researched about the blowing of Buddhism for 2550 years then I have to known about the current situation in Asia. Where are human rights? Why do Biddhist organizations are sleeping? You must keep your native Buddhists from those dangerous NGOs.

At last my comment, I wish that no GOD organizations, their effort can be prove not only Buddhists but also entire world to realize that "There is not Creator like JEHOVAH or ALLAH" and " No one(JESUS) can save our life from suffering, only from attaining inner peace following Buddhism. This BUDDHISTS BLOGS is very nice. And I think have a click to and see their efforts too. Though, It is newer site, Its proofs are great. I could change my Chap Jimmy from his Christian Visions using this newest site. Therefore I take this opportunity to respect their great effort again and again.

Thank you for read me.
in Peace,
Daniel Brownridge

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