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China embraces enlightenment

The Bangkok Post, Jul 19, 2014

The next World Fellowship of Buddhists conference in Baoji will highlight the growing influence of the Buddhist faith

Beijing, China -- China probably has the largest number of Buddhists in the world, yet so little is known about the practice of Buddhism in the world’s most populous country.

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Learnt values of cleanliness from Buddhism: Kyoto Mayor

by Shubhajit Roy, Indian Express, September 1, 2014

Kyoto, Japan -- When Kyoto’s Mayor Daisaku Kadokawa told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that Japan’s values of cleanliness have come from Buddhism which was born in India, a candid PM lamented “we seem to have forgotten those values of Buddhism”.

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Buddhist monks cause outrage after 'accepting cash' to bless businessman's Porche

By David Raven, The Mirror, Aug 13, 2014

Hubei, China -- Expensive properties and material items are supposedly being made holy in exchange for money but monks insist they are doing nothing wrong.

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Priestly pair set out to boost ‘Buddhism 3.0' across Japan

by Takeshi Nishide, The Japan Times, Aug 5, 2014

Tokyo, Japan -- A pair of Zen priests have been causing a stir with their campaign to spread a new interpretation of Buddhism in Japan that combines practices from separate branches of the ancient religion.

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Student Ventures to Taiwan for Buddhist Retreat

by Evangelia Stefanakos, Holy Cross, June 6, 2014

Taipei, Taiwan -- Keiving Wong, a member of the College of the Holy Cross class of 2017, will travel to southern Taiwan this summer to participate in a Fo Guang Buddhist Monastic Retreat as one of roughly 50 college students accepted into the program world-wide.

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Buddhist monk makes footprints in wooden floorboards through 20 years of prayer

Metro, 26 May 2014

Tongren, China -- Some people think going to the gym three times a week is dedication. This aged monk disproves that notion rather quickly.

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Lonesome Buddhist temple comes alive after adopting cute anime characters

By YUSUKE KATO, Asahi Shimbun, May 19, 2014

Tokyo, Japan -- The Shoeizan Ryohoji temple tucked away in a residential area in western Tokyo has more than 400 years of history. But until a few short years ago, many locals didn’t even know the Nichiren Shu sect Buddhist temple was there.

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Ancient Buddhist statue 3D-printed in China

Presstv.ir, May 4, 2014

Dazu County, China -- Using 3D printing technology, a replica has been created of an 800-year-old Buddhist statue to help restore the historical monument.

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A young Buddhist monk stages protest in Ngaba County Tibet

by Yeshe Choesang, The Tibet Post International, 27 April 2014

Dharamshala, Tibet (CHina) -- A young Tibetan monk of the Kirti Monastery in Ngaba County in Amdho region of north-eastern Tibet staged a peaceful protest against China's rule on April 26, raising slogans calling for freedom and return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet.

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Chinese Buddhist temple forms "anti-terrorist" squad

by Ben Blanchard, Reuters, Apr 3, 2014

Beijing, China -- Nervous about a repeat of last month's deadly knife attack at a Chinese train station, a well-known Buddhist temple in eastern China has drafted some of its monks into a new "anti-terrorist" squad, state media said on Thursday.

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