The Chatauqua institution in Jamestown, New York, around the turn of the century (20th century,) was an American Institution of religion and learning. Chatauqua meant culture, it meant oratory, it meant great preachin' and story-tellin'.
When it began in 1879, Chatauqua was a Methodist campsite out in the woods where folks went to meet God, listen to inspired words, and sing good choral music. Then after the sermon and the concert you sat on a porch and talked about what was wrong and right about our country. Many great orators of the 19th and 20th century at one time held the podium at Chatauqua. Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered his "I Hate War" speech from the Amphitheater platform in 1936.
SHOPPERS in Thailand will soon also be able to get their daily dose of dharma under a plan to install monks in department stores. Agence France-Presse reports that under the "meet the monk in a quiet corner" project, the Ministry of Culture plans to rent out space in stores where shoppers can have a quiet chat with clergy.
"People nowadays have no time to go to temples, only shopping malls," the Culture Minister, Uraiwan Thienthong, was quoted as saying by local media. "They can get closer to religion if we provide the opportunity."
Some say that the most significant conversation of the 21st Century vis a vis Buddhism's dialogue with faiths native to the West will happen not between Buddhism and Christianity, but between Buddhism and Science.
by Jon Hamilton Morning Edition, November 11, 2005 · The Dalai Lama will present a lecture to the world's largest group of brain scientists this weekend. He's scheduled to speak at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, which begins Saturday in Washington, D.C.
Some researchers are profoundly unhappy about the religious leader's scheduled speech. Hundreds have signed a petition protesting it.
But the Dalai Lama and brain scientists have more in common than you might expect.
A reporter for the UC Berkeley newspaper, the Daily Californian, Julie Strack, came to the monastery on Tuesday to ask about being a Buddhist monk in Berkeley. The story ran in today's Daily Cal. You can read it here.