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Rosa Parks Buddhist?

Postby David N. Snyder » Mon Feb 04, 2013 9:03 pm

Today the U.S. Postal Service honored Rosa Parks with a commemorative stamp. She was a great hero of mine and to the civil rights movement. I heard Douglas Brinkley on MSNBC today say that she was always devoted to nonviolence and in her later years she became a Buddhist. I did not know that and tried googling it but couldn't find anything.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/post ... p-18399445

Douglas Brinkley is a professor of history at Rice University and is pretty smart so I am sure it is true, but does anyone know the source or have a link to where she became a Buddhist?
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Re: Rosa Parks Buddhist?

Postby Ben » Mon Feb 04, 2013 9:06 pm

That's pretty amazing, David.
I first learned about Rosa Parks by the Neville Brothers song of the same name.
What a hero!

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in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.

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sobbhesu padaresu ca,
saṇantā yanti kusobbhā,
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Re: Rosa Parks Buddhist?

Postby LonesomeYogurt » Mon Feb 04, 2013 10:01 pm

She did indeed have a big interest in Nchiren Buddhism, as have many African-American figures throughout our history. However, I'm not sure if she ever formally converted.
Gain and loss, status and disgrace,
censure and praise, pleasure and pain:
these conditions among human beings are inconstant,
impermanent, subject to change.

Knowing this, the wise person, mindful,
ponders these changing conditions.
Desirable things don’t charm the mind,
undesirable ones bring no resistance.

His welcoming and rebelling are scattered,
gone to their end,
do not exist.
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Re: Rosa Parks Buddhist?

Postby daverupa » Mon Feb 04, 2013 11:27 pm

http://www.meetup.com/Introduction-meet ... d/24423462

Rosa Parks speaking at a 1998 event at Soka Gakkai International. She seems to have been something of an adjunct personality sought out by Engaged Buddhists in later years.
    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting oneself one protects others? By the pursuit, development, and cultivation of the four establishments of mindfulness. It is in such a way that by protecting oneself one protects others.

    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting others one protects oneself? By patience, harmlessness, goodwill, and sympathy. It is in such a way that by protecting others one protects oneself.
- Sedaka Sutta [SN 47.19]
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Re: Rosa Parks Buddhist?

Postby shaunc » Tue Feb 05, 2013 5:21 am

Great courage.
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Re: Rosa Parks Buddhist?

Postby mikenz66 » Tue Feb 05, 2013 5:27 am

If you visit the Ford Museum, near Detroit, you can sit in Rosa's actual bus seat yourself...

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Re: Rosa Parks Buddhist?

Postby Virgo » Tue Feb 05, 2013 5:38 am

daverupa wrote: http://www.meetup.com/Introduction-meet ... d/24423462

Rosa Parks speaking at a 1998 event at Soka Gakkai International. She seems to have been something of an adjunct personality sought out by Engaged Buddhists in later years.


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Re: Rosa Parks Buddhist?

Postby tiltbillings » Tue Feb 05, 2013 6:31 am

I seriously doubt that Rosa Parks was an SGI member. Had she been, SGI and its leader Daisaku Ikeda would be trumpeting it about to no end. http://www.sgiquarterly.org/global2002Jly-1.html
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Re: Rosa Parks Buddhist?

Postby yawares » Tue Feb 05, 2013 2:22 pm

Ben wrote:That's pretty amazing, David.
I first learned about Rosa Parks by the Neville Brothers song of the same name.
What a hero!



Dear Ben/Members,

Oh I know this Neville guy....he's a famous singer..his songs is a big hit!!

I don't know much : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5qmDAyGEW4

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Re: Rosa Parks Buddhist?

Postby yawares » Sun Feb 10, 2013 4:44 pm

Dear David/Members....Do you know NAT KING COLE ????

When I was young, my mom took me to see the movie..Nat King Cole appeared in the war drama 'China Gate' with Gene Barry and Angie Dickinson...he sang the song CHINA GATE so beautifully:

[China Gate : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otsznlqKm1k

Born on March 17, 1919, in Montgomery, Alabama, Nat King Cole was an American musician who first came to prominence as a jazz pianist. He owes most of his popular musical fame to his soft baritone voice, which he used to perform in big band and jazz genres. In 1956, Cole became the first African-American performer to host a variety television series, and for many white families,

Pop Vocalist
By the 1950s, Nat King Cole emerged as a popular solo performer. He scored numerous hits, with such songs as "Nature Boy," "Mona Lisa," "Too Young, " and "Unforgettable." In the studio, Cole got to work with some of the country's top talent, including Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald, and famous arrangers such as Nelson Riddle. He also met and befriended other stars of the era, including popular crooner Frank Sinatra.

Mona Lisa: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxEmnxiUz8w

Rambling Rose: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVPPe-xjVds

As an African American performer, Cole struggled to find his place in the civil rights movement. He had encountered racism firsthand, especially while touring in the South. In 1956, Cole had been attacked by white supremacists during a mixed race performance in Alabama. He was rebuked by other African Americans, however, for his less-than-supportive comments about racial integration made after the show. Cole basically took the stance that he was an entertainer, not an activist.

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Re: Rosa Parks Buddhist?

Postby yawares » Sat Feb 16, 2013 3:27 pm

Dear Members...I'm sure you all know the beautiful/talented Whitney Houston, 1 of the greatest entertainers in USA/the world.

I'll always love you : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kz1EmEZmvxk

How will I know : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3-hY-hlhBg

Greatest love of all : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYzlVDlE72w

I have nothing : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RSwsN3D ... =endscreen

Star Spangled Banner : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wupsPg5H6aE

Dance with somebody : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eH3giaIzONA

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Houston drowned in a hotel bathtub on Feb. 11, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Authorities said her death was complicated by cocaine use and heart disease.

In a Grammy special aired Saturday, producers for last year's awards recalled last minute changes to scripts and calling in Jennifer Hudson to honor Houston at the show. Host LL Cool J was the one to suggest opening the show with a prayer for Houston.

Madame Tussauds unveiled four different wax figures of the late singer at four stages in her career. The statues will go on display in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York and Washington, D.C.

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Re: Rosa Parks Buddhist?

Postby yawares » Thu Mar 07, 2013 3:09 pm

Dear Members,

I really like the movie 'To Sir With Love' starring Sidney Poitier.

To sir With Love: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlhlSSI4Xb8

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Sidney Poitier
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Sir Sidney Poitier, born February 20, 1927) is an American-born Bahamian actor, film director, author, and diplomat.

In 1963, Poitier became the first black person to win an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Lilies of the Field. The significance of this achievement was later bolstered in 1967 when he starred in three successful films: To Sir, with Love; In the Heat of the Night; and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, making him the top box-office star of that year. In all three films, issues revolve around the race of the characters Poitier portrays.[4] In 1999, the American Film Institute named Poitier among the Greatest Male Stars of All Time, ranking 22nd on the list of 25.

Poitier has directed a number of popular movies, such as A Piece of the Action, Uptown Saturday Night, Let's Do It Again (with friend Bill Cosby) and Stir Crazy (starring Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder). In 2002, thirty-eight years after receiving the Best Actor Award, Poitier was chosen by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to receive an Honorary Award, designated "To Sidney Poitier in recognition of his remarkable accomplishments as an artist and as a human being." Since 1997, he has been the Bahamian ambassador to Japan. On August 12, 2009, Sidney Poitier was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States of America's highest civilian honor, by President Barack Obama.

Born in Miami while his parents were visiting, Sidney Poitier grew up on Cat Island in The Bahamas, and later moved to Miami, where his Bahamian parents, Evelyn (née Outten) and Reginald James Poitier, traveled to sell tomatoes and other produce from their farm on Cat Island. His birth was two months premature and he was not expected to survive, but his parents remained three months in Miami to nurse him to health. Because of his birth in the U.S., he automatically gained U.S. citizenship. Poitier was raised in a Roman Catholic family.He grew up with his family on Cat Island, Bahamas , then a British colony. At age 10, he moved to Nassau with his family. At the age of 15 he was sent to Miami to live with his brother. At the age of 17, he moved to New York City and held a string of jobs as a dishwasher. A Jewish waiter sat with him every night for several weeks helping him learn to read the newspaper. He then decided to join the United States Army after which he worked as a dishwasher until a successful audition landed him a spot with the American Negro Theater.

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Re: Rosa Parks Buddhist?

Postby alan » Fri Mar 08, 2013 2:31 pm

There is no reason to think she was a Buddhist. However, it does raise the question:
Why are we not propagating Buddhism effectively?
The opportunity is there. Isn't it our job to do it?
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Re: Rosa Parks Buddhist?

Postby David N. Snyder » Fri Mar 08, 2013 5:59 pm

alan wrote:There is no reason to think she was a Buddhist.


I admit I would like to see more evidence, but I have no reason to think Professor Brinkley is not telling the truth. As far as I know, Professor Brinkley is not a Buddhist, so has no ulterior motive to claim she was Buddhist in her later years.
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Re: Rosa Parks Buddhist?

Postby yawares » Thu Mar 14, 2013 2:52 pm

Dear Members,

Guion Bluford
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Dr. Guion Stewart “Guy” Bluford, Jr. (born November 22, 1942), is an engineer, NASA astronaut, and the first African American in space. Before becoming an astronaut, Bluford was a Colonel in the U.S. Air Force. He participated in four Space Shuttle flights between 1983 and 1992. In 1983, as a member of the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger on the mission STS-8, Bluford became the first African American in space as well as the second person of African ancestry in space, after Cuban cosmonaut Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez.

Awards and decorations

USAF Command Pilot Astronaut Wings (1983);
Defense Superior Service Medal (1984);
Legion of Merit (1993);
three Defense Meritorious Service Medals (1986, 1992 and 1993);
Air Force Meritorious Service Medal (1978);
Ten Air Force Air Medals (1967);
Air Force Commendation Medal (1972);
Three Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards (1967, 1970 and 1972);
National Intelligence Medal of Achievement (1993);
National Defense Service Medal (1965);
Vietnam Service Medal (1967);
Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm (1967);
Vietnam Campaign Medal (1967);
NASA Distinguished Service Medal (1994);
NASA Exceptional Service Medal (1992);
Four NASA Group Achievement Awards (1980, 1981, 1989, and 2003);
NASA Space Flight Medals (1983, 1985, 1991 and 1992);
German Air Force (Luftwaffe) Aviation Badge from the Federal Republic of West Germany (1969);
Leadership Award of Phi Delta Kappa (1962);
Jeremy Nicholson Negro Achievement Award (1969);
T-38 Instructor Pilot of the Month (1970);
Air Training Command Outstanding Flight Safety Award (1970);
Air Force Institute of Technology's Mervin E. Gross Award (1974);
Who's Who Among Black Americans (1975 to 1977);
National Society of Black Engineers Distinguished National Scientist Award (1979);
Pennsylvania State University Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumni Award (1983), the Alumni Fellows Award (1986);
Ebony Black Achievement Award (1983);
NAACP Image Award (1983);
City of Philadelphia's Philadelphia Bowl (1983);
Who's Who in America (1983 to present);
Pennsylvania Distinguished Service Medal (1984);
New York City Urban League's Whitney Young Memorial Award;
1991 Black Engineer of the Year Award;
Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) Komarov Diploma (1993);
International Space Hall of Fame inductee (1997);
U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame inductee (2010);
Air Force Institute of Technology Distinguished Alumni Award (2002);
University of Houston-Clear Lake Distinguished Alumni Award (2003);
The Pennsylvania Society Gold Medal (2011).

He also received honorary doctorate degrees from Florida A&M University, Texas Southern University, Virginia State University, Morgan State University, Stevens Institute of Technology, Tuskegee Institute, Bowie State College, Thomas Jefferson University, Chicago State University, Georgian Court University, Drexel University, Kent State University, Central State University and the University of the Sciences.

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Re: Rosa Parks Buddhist?

Postby yawares » Fri Mar 22, 2013 2:57 pm

Dear Members,

I love to watch Miss Universe shows since the day Miss Thailand, Apassara Hongsakula was crowned as Miss Universe , she was so very beautiful that the whole country love her. Her older sister 'Donnaya' was a friend of Tep(my boyfriend back then). So Tep had a chance to meet Apassara at a family reception party..Tep said that she was very very beautiful especially when she smiled. Later she married to a rich relative of the Thailand queen..divorced..and married again..divorced again..her son becomes a monk!

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1977 --- The first black Miss Universe,Janelle "Penny" Commissiong, Miss Universe 1977.
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1998 - The second black Miss Universe, Wendy Fitzwilliam
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miss universe 1999..miss Mpule Kwelagobe
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Leila Lopes(Miss Angola) became the fourth black Miss Universe 2011
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Re: Rosa Parks Buddhist?

Postby yawares » Mon Apr 15, 2013 6:28 pm

Dear Members,

I remember when I first moved to College Station, the home of Texas A&M Univ..Micheal Jackson was so popular...every store/mall I went.... played his big hit THRILLER..he's not my favorite... but I think he was one of the greatest singers/song writers/dancers in the world.

Beat It: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRdxUFDoQe0

Black or white: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjZwi_PJiio

Billie Jean: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXhy7Zsi ... creen&NR=1

Thriller: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-405Vvn3OU

Please click: http://www.biography.com/people/michael-jackson-38211

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Death of Michael Jackson
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On June 25, 2009, Michael Jackson died of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication after suffering a cardiac arrest at his home on North Carolwood Drive in the Holmby Hills neighborhood in Los Angeles. His personal physician, Conrad Murray, said he had found Jackson in his room, not breathing and with a barely detectable pulse, and that he administered CPR on Jackson's bed to no avail. After a call was placed to 9-1-1 at 12:20 pm, Jackson was treated by paramedics at the scene and was later pronounced dead at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.[1] On the eve of Jackson's 51st birthday, the Los Angeles County Coroner concluded that his death was a homicide.[2] Shortly before his death, Jackson had been administered propofol and two anti-anxiety benzodiazepines lorazepam and midazolam in his home.[3] His personal physician was convicted in 2011 of involuntary manslaughter and is serving a four-year sentence in prison.[4]

Jackson's death triggered grief around the world, creating unprecedented surges of Internet traffic and causing sales of his music and that of the Jackson 5 to increase dramatically.[5] Jackson had intended to perform a series of concerts entitled This Is It to over one million people at London's O2 Arena between July 13, 2009 and March 6, 2010.[6] A public memorial service for Jackson was held on July 7, 2009 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where he had rehearsed for the London concerts the night before his death. The service was broadcast live around the world, attracting a global audience of up to one billion people.[7] In March 2010, Sony Music Entertainment signed a US$250 million deal with Jackson's estate to retain distribution rights to his recordings until 2017, and to release seven posthumous albums over the decade following his death. Jackson's death is ranked No. 1 on VH1/VH1 Classic's list of 100 Most Shocking Moments in Music.[8]

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