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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 10, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, October 10, 1972 THE LETHBR1DGE HERAID 15 Lelliltridgc, Raymond churches Buddhism popularity grows in southern Alberta district By MARLENK COOKSIIAW Hcraltl Slarf Writer II religion cannot make peo- ple happier, cannot give them a fuller, more well-rounder) then there is no reason for its existence, says Ft e v. James nurkey, minister of the Honpa Bucltiliisl Church in Lctlibriclgc and the Raymond Buddhist Church. Rev. Enrkey lakes the En- glish services in the two churches on alternate "Religion unfortunately does not play as great a role in so- ciety as it did in the he said. "If the Worth Commission Report on V education is accu- rate, it will pby even less of a role in the future. "I hope that this part of Ihe report is wrong. Religion seems to have become irrelevant in a scientific world." Mr. Burkey's background is unusual in lhat it includes the study of a variety of religions, and direct experience in three of them. lie was horn in Nebraska and raised In Texas and Colorado, Ihe son of a Methodist preach- er. Mr. Burkey also tecame a Methodist prcacl'.cr and so.-vcd in several slates. He found himself "caught up in the modern religious tur- moil" and "without the faith ne- cessary 'o accept Christianity literally." He received a degree in sec- ondary education in 1518 at in Mill Valley, Calif. "Buddhism has under gone complete transformation ill il acceptance by he UlmilJ V UUUV-ulmll JM iui.1 I in B riali am Young University, said. "In my lifetime I have which had been the only schooljseen it change from a foreign, to accept his religion credits. 1 heathen idolatry lo a religion After leaching school in Cali- fornia ami Michigan, he return- ed lo BYU in 1055 to pur R u e graduate studios. He converted lo Buddhism following comple- tion of a course in comparative religion, for which he did re- search on the Buddhist faith. Mr. Buvkcy received his first ordination, or Tokudo, iti 1959, and became a full-fledged Buddhist minister on receiving the Kyoshi in Japan in 1965. Both Iflfili and 1007 were lent in the organization of lha arin County Buddhist church which is now taught as such in schools." The Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley, Calif., which conferred its first degrees in 1971. is the first ac- credited Buddhist school in the western world. Buddhism first became avail- able to the average Caucasian following Japanese the war, when people were Caucasians have converted to Buddhism in (he United Stales, Mr. Ilurkey saic! he has en- countered "a great deal" of in- terest from southevn Albcrlans in Buddhism. "Modern science and literary criticisms of the Bible cause a lot of people lo lose their ability to believe in he said. "If you do not accepl the story of Christianity as literally and absolutely true, it loses its power. "The attempt to change or in- terpret the story is the reason for the failure in the past of persed throughout the east and the language barrier began to disappear, said Mr. Burkcy. Ho estimates that, modern religious innovations." Mr. Burkcy said that Budd- hism accepts all religions as teachers of religious truth. "In attempting lo reach the gem of truth at Ihe lop of as a Christian, is leaches a 'no soul1 mountain, there is an almost Buddhist said Mr. IJurkey. finite number ot paths is a do not believe thai there can be taken. One man's way We believe that a sou! that is static, perfect, salvation may be of no use a spiritual principle that or permanent. There his neighbor, but all roads ail human life, a spirit that is alive and con- to Nirvana, Hie realm of characteristics arc wis- j stantly changing. It is this fect and of the soul to change that ''The contradictions and is not a shadow for an eternal spiritual doxes between religions are in the Buddhist basic, they are the accretions of God. It is true that if j "Buddhism minimizes the cultural and social b a c live a good life, you will aspect of religion, and be- he you sow what a first-person relation- "I personally believe that But this is not a part between you and the di- Jesus and Buddha had! il is a law of the he said. horn in piacc of each other, is no crocd or dogma. the same background and by God, you moan church is valuable because roundings, Jesus would Reality, we believe is a social animal." taught reformed Hinduism and Buddha reformed "Buddhists believe lhat Burkcy was appointed til "In actuality, anyone and women are engaged and now conducts ser- 1 preaches the fatherhood of process of spiritual in LuUi bridge thB first i ami the brotherhood of Man, sion. Some people think third Sundays of the month, Rev. James Echo wins praise and PINCHER CREEK fSpecial) The Pincher Creek the local weekly for Creek and district, received letter ol congratulations MARG LUNX Premier Peter Lougheed Correspondent its winning awards at the Alberta Weekly Newspapers' Association CREEK (Special) With the 1972 Cancer Cru- Mr. Lougheed said having drawn to a close, newspapers contribute distirct office cantly to our way of life in announced the amount col- berta. He hoped they would continue to provide a "most valuable" from Pincher Creek and district is as follows: cancer The Pincher Creek Echo memorials, awarded the Ben mail-ins (23. Memorial Trophy for best figures total page in its class. This was the third consecutive year the Echo held the by Alexandra Rebekah xxlge whose campaign com- The honor for lire host included Mrs. Mae Rob- around weekly newspaper in Mrs. Alice Crook, Mrs. berta for weeklies a Shemko and Mrs, Do- lation of under Haley. was also bestowed on tlic Tliis award is sponsored by Federal Grain Ltd. and is a perpetual trophy. It is the first time it has been held 50s southern Alberia in some FOR YOUR SHOPPING FOOD (UN'S) 'flic first regular meeting of the Barons, Monarch over North Store c'nb was held recently in the Rarons Koyal legion Hall. 541 13lh St. were 45 memlxrrs pres- i enl. decided to name the the K.K.M. Club. Total Now is 125. It will provide entertainment senior citizens and stimu- 24 activities among older folks. Mali JJ ft WH came from the Lcth- Senior Citizens. Every were Lcn Halmrast, president of the Ixrthbridge and Morley Kocloff, Our Other recreation dircclor. The next meeting will Iw hclrt 19 at 2 p.m. in Ihe Monarch school. FOOD are wiling raffle tickcls on a quilt made by 491 Mayor Magralh members- 2004 Mayor Mogralh meetings will he held every third Thursday on a basis among Ihe Will bo open Entertainment will regular hours members may 7 a.m. 1 1 Elsie Fliidtl, or Asplund, 757-3765; Barons, Poslman, 824-3285; Noble-ford, Dorothy Millward, 327- iEADQUARTERS Corner 3rd Ave. and 8th St. S. Phone 327-8548 CHARGEX 1973 ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT FRONT END ALIGNMENT Firestone Ridinn System Service specialisis will carefully align bolh front plus cliRck your balance, brakes, shock absorbers, anci fffer. Everything you need to get safely throuoh venter. DLC-100 RETREAD SANYO DIGITAL CLOCK RADIO ialed 95 n carry thn; No-Gimmick guaianlee as n Firestono tires. f-it models of FORD, CHEV. 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