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February 23, 2006 | Bruce Wallace, Times Staff Writer
Junshin Hosono says he never thought of himself as a worker, at least not the way Karl Marx or Jimmy Hoffa ever thought of workers. Hosono is a Buddhist monk, and for 28 years he has chanted prayers and offered spiritual guidance at Zenkoji, the prestigious complex of temples that is the soul of this city. "I always regarded myself as a monk, 24 hours a day," said Hosono, 53, standing under a wooden awning one afternoon last week, trying to keep a cold rain off his shaved head.
February 29, 2004 | Megan K. Stack, Times Staff Writer
The bride and groom emerge from the temple to climb down the slopes of a riverbank fetid with garbage, and pause at the water's edge to pray before wading in. "Please cleanse my soul of the sins of this material life," they say. Then they crouch down in the river, bow their heads to accept the cold splashes doled out by their cleric and swallow the river water he dribbles into their mouths.
May 27, 1986 | Associated Press
A Temple University religion professor specializing in Islamic studies and his wife, an art scholar, were found stabbed to death early today in their suburban Philadelphia home, police said. Cheltenham Township police were summoned by a frantic call from a woman, believed to be a married daughter, who reported an intruder, Lt. Detective Robert Krauser said. Killed were Ismail al Faruqui, 65, and his wife, Lois, 59.
April 30, 1995
In spite of City Councilman Hal Bernson's plan to publicize the names of the customers of prostitutes, the media and some individuals will come up with any reason to keep the identity of the johns anonymous. Nothing changes! Remember the biblical woman who was dragged into the temple by the scribes and the Pharisees (male) to be publicly stoned to death because "she was caught in the act of adultery." Of course, she and her modern counterparts always commit this crime alone. ADELAIDE TATTO Pacoima
February 3, 1996
Re "An Unusual Goodbye at a Usual Haunt" (Jan. 31). If those gathered to eulogize Don Simpson agree with Linda Obst that "like Elvis, Don died on the bathroom floor for our sins," then it's time the entertainment elite stop hanging out at Morton's on Monday night and: 1. Go to the nearest church or temple of their choice. 2. Spend quality time on Roxbury Drive with Jimmy Stewart. 3. See "Babe" and realize that the best among us is a pig. GAIL COTTMAN Los Angeles
May 26, 1986
Many Los Angeles area Buddhists gathered in and around a temple in the Wilshire District on Sunday to celebrate the 2,530th anniversary of the birth of the man for whom their religion was founded. In the courtyard of the temple, once a three-story apartment building, a saffron-robed monk recited Buddhist scripture at an altar bedecked with flowers, fruit and candlesticks around a picture of the infant Buddha, standing over an open lotus flower.
October 12, 2009 | CHRIS DUFRESNE
Woke up Sunday never expecting to see the Angels on television right after sunrise services, or these unexpected college football story lines: Oregon is 3-0 and leading the Pacific 10 Conference. That's right, the program you switched off after LeGarrette Blount's punch the Thursday before Labor Day has won five consecutive games and suddenly controls its fate in the race for at least one of this year's Rose Bowls. The Ducks came to Los Angeles without their starting quarterback and two starting cornerbacks and dumped UCLA's Bruins, 24-10.
November 17, 2008
Re "Angrier response to Prop. 8 arises," Nov. 13 I have read the articles about how gay couples are distraught at the passage of Proposition 8. How about an article about how devastating it is for faithful Mormons to see their temple property trampled? Why not publish pictures showing signs reportedly held by demonstrators that read "Mormon scum"? It has been reported that donors to Proposition 8 are being blacklisted, rocks have been thrown through church windows, businesses are being boycotted and a book sacred to Mormons was found ablaze on a front porch.
January 15, 2011 | By Mark Magnier and Anshul Rana, Los Angeles Times
An out of control vehicle on a road used by worshipers attending a major Hindu festival caused a stampede late Friday, leaving at least 60 people dead and 100 injured near the Sabarimala shrine in southern India. Authorities said they feared the death toll could increase substantially given the difficulty of getting emergency assistance into the remote area and limited communication. "It's very difficult for anyone to reach the spot and carry on rescue operations," said Jacob Punnoose, the senior police official in Kerala, the southern Indian state where the tragedy occurred.
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