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Buddhist monk master in China resigns after sexual misconduct allegations

by Lusha Zhang and Philip Wen, Reuters, Aug 15, 2018

BEIJING, China -- One of China's highest-ranking Buddhist monks quit as the head of the country's Buddhist association on Wednesday after facing a government investigation over accusations of sexual misconduct.

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Japan's Buddhist temples to offer rooms to rent after law change

by Danielle Demetriou , The Telegrraph, 28 May 2018

Tokyo, Japan -- The words “spiritual” and “spartan” are not often used to describe properties listed on Airbnb. They are, however, more likely to crop up following the launch of a service devoted to providing accommodation in temples across Japan.

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For China's Buddhist Monks, an IPO Too Far

by Adam Minter, Bloomberg, April 25, 2018

Entrepreneurs hoped to list a sacred mountain on a Chinese stock exchange. Trouble ensued.
Beijing, China
-- In China, religion is big business. The famed Shaolin Temple owns dozens of companies and its abbot is popularly known as the "CEO monk." Two of China's four sacred Buddhist mountains are publicly listed. So management at Mount Putuo Tourism Development Co., which oversees a third holy mountain, probably thought that their own initial public offering would cause little controversy.

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Fire at sacred Tibetan Buddhist temple sparks suspicion about censorship

by Neil Connor, The Telegraph, 18 February 2018

Beijing, China -- A fire broke out at one of the most sacred temples in Tibetan Buddhism, prompting concern and suspicion that information on the incident is being controlled by authorities.

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Ancient Banquet Hall Near Country's First Buddhist Temple Discovered in Former Capital of Japan

By Sydney Pereira, Newsweek, Feb 26, 2018

Tokyo, Japan -- Archaeologists may have found a 63-foot-long banquet hall for nobility, dating back to the Asuka period, which extended from 538 A.D. to 794 A.D. What remains of the structure are holes in the ground measuring 3 to 4 feet wide, where, researchers believe, wooden pillars once stood lining the banquet hall.

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Nara temple unravels giant scroll of 11-faced Buddhist statue

By YUYA TANAKA, Asahi Shimbun, February 28, 2018

SAKURAI, Nara Prefecture (Japan) -- A gigantic scroll containing a life-size picture of the main Buddhist statue of Hasedera temple here has been dusted off for the first display in six years.

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What’s behind the ‘Buddhist mentality’ among mainland China's youth?

by Chung Man, Hong Kong Economic Journal , Feb 9, 2018

Hong Kong, China -- The “Buddhist concept”, i.e., a laid-back outlook on life, has become all the rage among young people in the mainland; they have become too relaxed about everything and stopped being competitive.

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How China's states are stealing a march on India's, with Buddhist tourism push

by Ananth Krishnan, India Today, Jan 3, 2018

At least in promoting tourism, India should learn from China's example in giving Buddhist tourism a push.
Beijing, China
-- Datong in Shanxi province is known in China as the hub of coal-mining. But with a massive green makeover, it's Buddhism and not coal that it's city officials are now banking on.

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Buddhist temples in Japan get digital upgrade with new techno wooden fish

by Oona McGee, Sora News 24, Dec 23, 2017

The most entertaining way to recite the Heart Sutra.
Tokyo, Japan
-- One of the most impressive things about Japan is the way the country seamlessly ties in centuries of old traditions with more modern everyday elements. We’ve seen this enticing blend of old and new in things like kimono dress shirts, izakaya restaurant bathhouses, and even Pokémon osechi New Year’s meals.

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China Plans To Renovate Dalai Lama's Iconic Potala Palace In Tibet

Press Trust of India, October 6, 2017

China plans to renovate the iconic Potala Palace, residence of the Dalai Lamas, in Tibet's capital Lhasa
Beijing, China
-- The iconic Potala Palace, the official residence of the Dalai Lamas in Tibet's capital Lhasa will soon undergo a $1.5 million renovation, Chinese state media reported on Thursday.

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