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Japan Survey: 12,000 Buddhist temples lack resident monks

By TAKUMI OKADA, AJW/Asahi, October 11, 2015

Tokyo, Japan -- More than 12,000 temples in Japan currently have no resident monk, an absence that could lead to the further demise of these traditional centers of local communities, an Asahi Shimbun survey showed.


Hoodie Monks mix beats with their Buddhism

by Simon Scott, Japan Times, Oct 11, 2015

Tokyo, Japan -- At first glance, Yugasan Rendaiji doesn’t seem very different to the thousands of other Buddhist temples scattered across the country. It’s a place where members of the local community go at prescribed times of the year to pray, receive blessings and attend festivals. For tourists — the smattering who make it to the Okayama countryside, that is — it’s a picturesque place to drop by and snap a few photos.


Robo-monk: Buddhist temple in Beijing rolls out chatty robot hero from homegrown cartoon series to tap internet-savvy youth

by He Huifeng, SCMP, 8 October, 2015

Beijing, China -- In order to promote Buddhism among the growing hordes of tech-savvy young Chinese, Longquan (Dragon Spring) Temple in Beijing now has a new house guest: a cute-looking robot that resembles a Buddhist monk called Xian'er.


2,000-yr-old stupa marks revival of India-China Buddhist links

Press Trust of India, September 20, 2015

Nangchen, China -- The restoration of the 2,000-year-old Ashoka Stupa in this quintessential Tibetan town by an Indian Buddhist monk marks a new beginning in the revival of Buddhism links between India and China.


Buddhist monk Setouchi: Abe should go to war himself

By TAKUMI OKADA, ASW/Asahi, September 21, 2015

KYOTO, Japan -- Jakucho Setouchi, a Buddhist monk and novelist, denounced the Diet’s passage of security legislation as “foolish” and “embarrassing,” and urged voters to oust lawmakers who supported the bills in the next national election.


Shrines Turn to 3D Printing to Protect Buddhist Statues

by John Newman, Rapid Ready Tech, August 19, 2015

Wakayama, Japan -- One of the major tenets of Buddhism, the Four Noble Truths, is that desire causes suffering. Apparently that idea holds true whether one is personally afflicted with desire or not.


China to expand 1,943-year-old Buddhist temple

by Jagriti Kumari, One India, July 27, 2015

Beijing, China -- China is all set to expand country's oldest Buddhist temple in Henan Province in the country, media reported.


Buddhism undergoes modern twist to attract young people

By JUNKO SAIMOTO, Asahi/AJW, June 26, 2015

Tokyo, Japan -- Discussing love, using social media and pouring cocktails are a few of the methods Buddhist monks and priests are now using to gain followers in modern-day Japan.


Zen and the art of moneymaking

The Economist, Jun 27 2015

Local officials make a packet from a religion of self-denial

Beijing, China -- THE white steel lady overlooking the South China Sea has three heads, three bodies and toenails bigger than human heads. Guanyin, the Buddhist goddess of mercy, stands atop a temple on a man-made islet, each of her heads facing a different way.


Taiwan's Buddhist groups helping with Nepal quake relief efforts

CNA, April 26, 2015

Taipei, Taiwan -- Taiwan's Buddhist groups are organizing teams that will go to Nepal to help with the Himalayan country's relief efforts in the wake of a magnitude-7.8 earthquake Saturday that have reportedly killed more than 2,000 people.


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