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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sichuan, China -- China has appointed Communist Party and government officials to manage one of the world’s largest centers of Tibetan Buddhist learning, raising concerns over strengthened ideological control over religion that critics say is draining such institutions of their vitality.
BYLAKUPPE, Tibet -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama has appointed Jangtse Choejey Kyabje Jetsun Lobsang Tenzin Palsangpo as the 104th Gaden Tripa, the head of Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, according to information received from Ven Atuk Tseten and Ven Gowo Lobsang Phendey, members of Tibetan Parliament representing Gelug school. The appointment was announced through an official letter dated 24 June.
Larung Gar, China -- The hills around revered Tibetan Buddhist academy Larung Gar were once a seamless carpet of vibrant red, dominated by the homes of thousands of monks, nuns and devotees who crowded the remote valley in southwest China to explore their faith.
YIXING, China - For most of her life, Shen Ying was disappointed by the world she saw around her. She watched China’s economic rise in this small city in the Yangtze River Valley, and she found a foothold in the new middle class, running a convenience store in a strip mall. Yet prosperity felt hollow.
By Huang Mei-chu and Jake Chung, Taipei Times, June 16, 2017
CULTURALLY ACCEPTING:The style of the statues are reminiscent of those that were made during the Tang Dynasty, Dafowang Temple master Shih Sing-yan said Taipei, Taiwan -- Twenty-two five-story tall statues of Buddhist deities tower over the landscape in Hsinchu County’s Fonggang area near the Sibin Expressway, making them a cluster that is considered a “temple” in and of themselves, the first of seven such clusters that are to be built at Dafowang Temple on Mitoushan in Jhubei City.
KYOTO, Japan -- A Kyoto-based Buddhist group with the largest number of followers in Japan is boosting its support to its member temples in other prefectures amid a shortage of incoming chief priests and a decline in danka (financial supporters).
by ALEXANDER MARTIN, Nikkei Asian Review, April 26, 2017
Nearly 13,000 lack resident leaders as depopulation gnaws at community pillars TOKYO, Japan -- Japan is home to more Buddhist temples than convenience stores, but many are struggling to find the parishioners they need to stay afloat. As congregations shrink, thousands of temples are going without resident priests.
by Tomoyuki Hamahata, The Japan News/Asia News Network, April 17, 2017
Fukui, Japan -- Faced with declining attendees among the young, one temple priest in Fukui has found a unique way to help them see the light. His “techno hoyo” fuses traditional religious images projected in brilliant lights with Buddhist sutras set to a techno beat.
by Michael Fouts, The Buddhist Channel, March 27, 2017
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia -- In the summer of 2017 the people of Mongolia will regain an important part of their ancient Buddhist heritage. A statue of the historical Buddha designed by Mongolia’s first Jebtsundamba Khutuktu (sacred leader of Mongolian Buddhism) placed within the Uguumur Valley just outside of the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar.
Fukui, Japan -- In an effort to make his Buddhist temple more accessible to the wider public and draw younger generations to religion, a former DJ turned Buddhist priest has been holding “techno memorial services” at his temple in Fukui City, Japan.
by Eddie Lee, South China Morning Post, 7 February, 2017
Court document shows officer cited Bill of Rights Ordinance and argued Sikh bangle was not likewise prohibited Hong Kong, China -- A prison officer has claimed that the Correctional Services Department’s “disapproval” of her wearing a Buddhist bead bracelet while on duty amounted to discrimination against her and violated her religious freedom, a court document showed.
by Molly Lortie, Tibet Post International, 23 November 2016
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia -- Addressing a conference on Buddhism and Science in Mongolia on November 21st, His Holiness remarked that having attended such meetings in the West, in India and Japan, he was now happy and honored to participate in such a conference in Mongolia.
Taipei, Taiwan -- New Taipei City government and Ling Jiou Mountain Buddhist Society announced on Sunday that they will jointly establish a public altar for those who want to mourn the death of Thailand's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died on Thursday at the age of 88.
Mt. Koya, Japan -- At first, the Jison-in Temple complex seems perfectly ordinary. Located at the base of Mount Koya in the small town of Kudoyama, the temple appears to be no different than any number of Japanese Buddhist temples.
Tokyo, Japan -- These days almost anything can be ordered through some website or app. From smartphones to fast food to groceries. A new kind of online service has popped up in Japan and it has ruffled more than a few feathers in Japan’s Buddhist sects.
Qinghai, China -- Hundreds of Tibetan monks and laypeople coming from across northwestern China’s Qinghai have gathered this week at a Buddhist monastery in the province for a traditional eight-day period of religious teachings and debates, according to a Tibetan source living in the region.
End Threats to Families, Demolitions of Dwellings Sichuan, China -- Chinese authorities are reportedly forcing at least 1,000 religious adherents to withdraw from two major Tibetan Buddhist institutions, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should resolve genuine safety and health issues at the Buddhist institutions without infringing on the rights to religious belief and freedom of movement.
Tokyo, Japan -- A Buddhist governing body has questioned one of the two most senior monks at Zenkoji temple in the city of Nagano about allegations he sexually harassed a female staffer, it said Thursday, with the monk reiterating his denial of the claims.
By JAVIER C. HERNÁNDEZ, New York Times, Sept 7, 2016
BEIJING, China -- For centuries, Buddhists seeking enlightenment made the journey to Longquan Monastery, a lonesome temple on a hilltop in the hinterlands of northwest Beijing. Under the ginkgo and cypress trees, they meditated, chanted and pored over ancient texts.
Beijing, China -- Free Tibet has confirmed that on 4 June, Tibetan abbot and teacher Khenpo Kartse (also known as Karma Tsewang – Khenpo is a religious title) was released from prison in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, after completing his two-and-a-half year prison term. Khenpo Kartse was arrested in December 2013 and reportedly convicted for harbouring fugitives. His case had been raised repeatedly by governments, lawmakers, Tibet NGOs and international human rights organisations.
Beijing, China -- In a move intended to bolster his profile and religious authority, the controversial Chinese-appointed Panchen Lama, Gyaltsen Norbu will conduct the Tibetan Buddhist ritual called Kalachakra (1) in Tibet between 21 and 24 July. The ceremony tomorrow will be the first time that Gyaltsen Norbu (Ch: Gyaincain Norbu) has conducted the Kalachakra ritual, one of the most important in all of Buddhism. It will also be the first time that it has been carried out inside the heavily-policed Tibet Autonomous Region for 50 years.
by Anna Kitanaka and Yuki Hagiwara, Bloomberg News, Jul 3, 2016
Tokyo, Japan -- Hisashi Taniguchi took a sabbatical from developing software for driverless taxis and drones to pilgrimage to a Buddhist temple in western Japan. He shaved his head, donned black robes and studied to become the shrine's leader.
On an island in the Inland Sea, Kosanji Temple is an architectural mash-up of Japanese Buddhism's greatest hits. Hiroshima, Japan -- Are you ever stuck for Mother's Day gift ideas? Why not build her a temple? That's what Japanese businessman Kozo Kanemoto did.
Gansu, China -- Thousands of Tibetan devotees converged this week in an open plain in northwestern China’s Gansu province for the start of a four-day period of advanced Buddhist rituals and teachings, sources in the region said.
Taipei, Taiwan -- Smoke billows daily from temples across Taiwan as visitors burn incense and paper money to bring luck and prosperity – but that familiar fragrant haze could be a thing of the past as concerns grow over ritual pollutants.
KUMAMOTO, Japan -- Amid the damage and despair that have befallen historic Kumamoto Castle in the recent series of earthquakes, one discovery among the rubble provided a welcome source of illumination and inspiration.
Conservationists say release of captured animals to earn merit causes suffering, with many of them dying, and releasing non-native species threatens indigenous wildlife through disease Hong Kong, China -- Hong Kong needs to regulate the practice of mercy release – the release of captured animals into the wild – if it is serious about protecting biodiversity, says a Hong Kong nature organisation. The practice is common among Buddhists, who believe it brings good karma.
Taipei, Taiwan -- Buddhist Grand Master Wei Chueh, who founded the Chung Tai Chan Monastery in Nantou County’s Puli Township, passed away at 10:31pm on Friday night, the monastery announced yesterday. He was 88.
TOKYO, Japan -- The hum of conversation and the clinking of spoons and coffee cups fills the wood-paneled cafe in a fashionable Tokyo neighborhood as more than a dozen customers sip drinks and nibble desserts.
Lhasa, Tibet -- Chinese authorities in Tibet have imposed new restrictions on monasteries in a county in northwestern China’s Qinghai province, intensifying an existing ban on displaying photos of exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, Tibetan sources in the region and in exile said.
by Michael Fouts, The Buddhist Channel, March 3 2016
Ulan Baator, Mongolia -- Under the spiritual direction of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama the Grand Maitreya Project is working to re-build Mongolia's ancient culture and history of Tibetan Buddhism. While at the same time constructing the worlds largest beacon of Loving - Kindness for peace on Earth.
Mary Jean Reimer’s video posted on Facebook shows man explaining ‘this is how we do it on the mainland’
Hong Kong, China -- An actress-turned-lawyer who exposed bad Buddhists last year has struck again this week, confronting an allegedly fake monk and stopping him from soliciting donations on a street in Tai Po.
There are an estimated 245 million Buddhists in officially atheist China, but the religion faces severe legal and political hurdles
Beijing, China -- Yan Lu studied Marxism-Leninism in college, majoring in ideological and political education. After graduating from the prestigious Southwest Jiaotong University in the Chinese city of Chengdu, she worked at a kindergarten and as a secretary. Neither job satisfied her.
Hong Kong, China -- State media controlled by the ruling Chinese Communist Party has warned two Hong Kong superstars that they could be at the receiving end of a boycott in mainland China after they sat close to two key figures in the entourage of exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama at a recent religious event.
Kyoto, Japan -- Any holiday in Japan will almost certainly have to include a visit to one of the country’s vast number of beautiful temples and shrines; and for those who have the time, it’s possible to take part in one of the many rituals performed there.
YACHIYO, CHIBA PREF. (Japan) -- In Japan, where communal ties to local Buddhist temples are fading, families have in recent years been able to go online to find a monk to perform funerals and other rites.
Tokyo, Japan -- In a pitch black room, Ryo Kasuga talks space as a simulated solar system rotates above my head. Kasuga, however, is no astronomer. He’s a Buddhist monk intent on using the stars to rouse the public’s interest in spiritual teachings.
Tokyo, Japan -- Satoru Hirota Architects has overhauled the site of a Buddhist shrine dating back to Japan's Edo period, adding a triangular reception hall and a priest's quarters with bare concrete walls.
Fujian, China -- China has the fastest-ageing population in human history but the state provides very little support for elderly people. Ageing parents have traditionally been looked after by their children - but in today's China that is not always the case.
SEKI, Gifu Prefecture (Japan) -- Rugby players and fans have been scrummaging to a temple here to pray before a 500-year-old Buddhist statue that captures the signature pose of national team hero Ayumu Goromaru.
UDA, Nara Prefecture (Japan) -- A gold and silver-inked Buddhist text preserved at the Soyuji temple here has been found to be one of the famed Chusonji-kyo Sutras, a series of Buddhist manuscripts dating back almost 900 years.
Move comes amid wider crackdown on religious freedom
Beijing, China -- A Chinese court has sentenced a leader of a Buddhist sect to life in prison on charges of leading a cult, rape and fraud in the latest case to target the leader of a fringe religious group amid a wider crackdown on religious freedom.
"We mustn't act as if it's all right to cast the LGBT community aside because they're a minority group," says priest at Japan's Shunkoin temple.
Tokyo, Japan -- Same-sex marriages are not legal in Japan. However, there is a Japanese Buddhist temple where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and members of other sexual minority groups can wed: the Shunkoin temple in Hanazono, Kyoto. Same-sex couples from around the world visit the temple.
Jiangsu, China -- The theme of this year's World Buddhist Forum is 'Exchange with Common Aspiration'. For two days, participants will discuss Buddhism's positive roles in resolving problems for human and social development.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Inside the village where 40,000 monks and nuns are segregated and televisions are banned... but iPhones are allowed
Larung Gar, China -- Among the green rolling hills in the Larung Gar Valley in China, the last thing you would expect to see in the countryside are thousands of red wooden huts that have been built in a massive cluster.
Tibetan monks shield their eyes from the sun as they watch others dancing at the Kirti Monastery near the town of Langmusi, in southwestern China’s Sichuan province.
BEIJING, China -- Buddhist temples and monasteries in Tibet must become propaganda centers for the ruling Communist Party, where monks and nuns learn to “revere” science and appreciate the party’s love, the troubled region’s top Chinese appointed official said.
by Yeshe Choesang, Tibet Post International, 13 April 2015
Dharamshala, India -- Sources coming out of Tibet say a senior Tibetan Buddhist monk and intellectual monk who was detained on eve of Tibet uprising anniversary has been released on "bail pending trial" on March 20, 2015.
Japanese Zen Buddhist temple starts selling instant soba and udon
Tokyo, Japan -- Upon coming to Japan, a lot of people are surprised to discover just how difficult finding vegetarian food can be. Many people imagine Japan as a country that eats very little meat, and while that’s definitely true in comparison to North America and western Europe, the flipside is that you’ll find at least a little bit of meat in just about all dishes, including salads and vegetable stews with surprising frequency.
Japanese Zen Buddhist temple starts selling instant soba and udon
Tokyo, Japan -- Upon coming to Japan, a lot of people are surprised to discover just how difficult finding vegetarian food can be. Many people imagine Japan as a country that eats very little meat, and while that’s definitely true in comparison to North America and western Europe, the flipside is that you’ll find at least a little bit of meat in just about all dishes, including salads and vegetable stews with surprising frequency.
BEIJING, China -- China on Monday termed as "blasphemous" the remarks of exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama that the tradition of reincarnation should cease with his death, saying it will go against religion and history of Tibet.
Guangdong, China -- A Chinese tourist named Cong Chu, 31, offended a group of monks at a Buddhist temple in Foshan, Guangdong Province during a visit when he attempted to donate his iPhone 6 in a collection box.
Saipan, Japan -- SAIPAN Mayor David M. Apatang says the Nenpou Shinkyou Buddhist Denomination, which has 88 temples throughout Japan and a million members, is planning to erect monuments at the Last Command Post and at Banzai Cliff where they hold peace ceremonies every year.
By Nelson Groom, Daily Mail Australia, February 28th, 2015
Zhejiang, China -- Bizarre footage emerges of 150kg fugitive pig ‘praying’ before a Buddhist temple… and he only moved on after a group of monks chanted to him.It seems that humans aren’t the only ones who need forgiveness.
Taipei, Taiwan -- Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je’s comments about a project by the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation on a disputed plot of land in Neihu District drew a heated response from Buddhist Master Shih Chao-hwei yesterday.
Shanghai, China -- Could China be bringing Tibetan Buddhism in from the cold? There are new signs that while a crackdown on Tibetan nationalism continues, the atheist state may be softening its position towards the religion - and even the Dalai Lama.
by KAZUHIRO NAKATA, Asahi Shimbun, January 26, 2015
KOYA, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan -- In sub-zero temperatures in this mountainous region, Buddhist followers prayed Jan. 25 for the safety of hostages held by terrorist groups in their annual ablution ceremony in frigid waters here.
Taipei, Taiwan -- Buddhist Master Shih Chao-hwei has written an open letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping urging the release of Buddhist Master Shi Shengguan, a Chinese citizen, who was arrested in May in China and has been in detention since then.
NEW DELHI, India -- While transgressions by Chinese soldiers in Ladakh in September and the resultant standoff were widely reported, an incursion of another kind shrouded in mystery is said to have taken place in Tibet at around the same time.
by Kalinga Seneviratne, The Buddhist Channel, October 27, 2014
Baoji, China -- With an impressive display of Chinese Buddhist culture and hospitality, China laid claims to giving leadership to the Buddhist world, by hosting over 600 international delegates for the 27th General Conference of the World Fellowship of Buddhists (WFB) at this historic city in north western China from 16th-18th October.
Shaanxi, China -- Hundreds of the world's Buddhists gathered at an ancient temple in northwest China's Shaanxi Province on October 16 to mark the opening of the World Fellowship of Buddhists 27th general conference.
Shaanxi, China -- Famen Temple in Shaanxi Province, is not only known for housing what’s believed to be a fingerbone of Sakyamuni, but also for its Buddhist Institute. The institute is one of China’s most influential in the sector. In the past decade, it has educated over 200 students.
Hainan, China -- More and more businesses offering services to people who want to perform the Buddhist practice of "release life" are appearing in Hainan, where illegal animal breeding is rampant, China News Radio reports.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By BREE FENG AND KEITH BRADSHER, New York Times, March 13, 2014
Beijing, China -- At one end of the room, Malaysia Airlines employees delivered the latest briefing to relatives and friends of passengers who were aboard the airline’s missing Flight 370. At the other end, volunteers listened from behind tables piled with snacks, waiting to provide counseling, logistical assistance or just hand holding.
By SHIGEYORI MIYAMOTO, Asahi Shimbun, December 30, 2013
Tokyo, Japan -- A small number of Buddhist temples are being accused of blatant commercialism for providing burial services for cremated remains sent through the mail for one affordable and convenient fee.
BEIJING, China -- Butter lamps twinkled like stars, and the scent of burning juniper branches filled the evening air in Lhasa Friday as the annual Gadan Ngachod - Butter Lamp Festival - kicked off in the plateau city.
The Lay Buddhist building in New Taipei City’s Tucheng District was originally home to Chinese settlers, who arrived 200 years ago, the historian said
Taipei, Taiwan -- In tears, Lee Jung-tai, a historian and the daughter-in-law of late Buddhist clergyman Lee Ying-pin, yesterday recounted the history of the Lay Buddhist monastery Puantang, while calling on the government to save the building from a forced demolition scheduled for today.
Japanese Buddhists organize ‘monks without borders’
Kyoto, Japan -- A group of Buddhists in Japan have formed an organization called “Monks Without Borders,” aiming to unite different Buddhist sects in tackling global issues such as poverty. The new group is similar in name and in concept to organizations already created by doctors and reporters, and the monks recently held their inaugural meeting in the city of Kyoto.
by Michel Lebon and Walter Sebastian, Modern Tokyo Times, November 17, 2013
Koyasan, Japan -- Kukai is one of the most powerful individuals in Japanese history and religion. Today his legacy can be seen throughout Shingon Buddhism and this branch of Buddhism is still growing and developing in new countries. Kukai saw the world in a unique way and relayed this within esoteric Buddhism after various stages of his life created new milestones.
by Michael Siao, Tzu Chi Foundation, 12 November 2013
Taipei, Taiwan -- Tzu Chi Foundation, at the behest of founder Dharma Master Cheng Yen, will be sending 160 makeshift classrooms to the Philippines to address the urgent need for shelters of the victims of Typhoon Yolanda in Visayas and the armed conflict in Zamboanga.
by Benjamin Kang Lim and Ben Blanchard, Reuters, Sep 29, 2013
BEIJING, China -- President Xi Jinping believes China is losing its moral compass and he wants the ruling Communist Party to be more tolerant of traditional faiths in the hope these will help fill a vacuum created by the country's breakneck growth and rush to get rich, sources said.
Suzhou, China -- Hanshan Temple, a famous Buddhist temple in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province has started special undergraduate courses for female believers, said the city's bureau of ethnic and religious affairs.
Tokyo, Japan -- In its efforts to keep Buddhism relevant and to connect the ancient religion to modern city folk, the Shingon Buddhist sect – one of Japan’s oldest, most prestigious Buddhist sects – has set up shop at a downtown Tokyo café, bringing a sense of tradition to the city’s ultramodern residents.
Taipei, Taiwan -- While “Ghost Month” has traditionally been linked to danger and misfortune, a Buddhist charity group has been trying to change that perception by promoting the period as a joyous and auspicious time.
Wuhan, China -- Guiyuan Buddhist Temple is located at Hanyang District, which lies in Wuhan, the largest city in mid-west China. It was built in 1658 during the Qing Dynasty, and was included into "the Four Buddhist Monasteries of Wuhan" together with the Baotong Buddhist Temple, the Gude Temple and the Zhengjue Temple.
Tokyo, Japan -- While religions of all stripes have something to offer in terms of support and advice, they also share a common detriment: they’re all really, really old. While age brings with it wisdom and experience, if religion can’t relate to modern society it runs the risk of getting left behind.
HONG KONG, China -- Robert Y.C. Ho, a scion of a historic Hong Kong family, is the chairman of the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation, which supports study in the fields of Buddhism, Chinese art and culture. The charity is named after Mr. Ho’s father, who founded it in 2005.
by Yeshe Choesang, The Tibet Post International, 19 July 2013
Dharamshala, India -- A Tibetan monk from the restive Nyatso Zilkar Monastery has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in Dzatoe (Ch: Zaduo) town, Tridu (Ch: Chenduo) County in kyegudo (Chinese: Yushu, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province), Kham region of eastern Tibet.
Ci’en temple in Zhejiang province offers three-month course and part-time vows
Zhejiang, China -- It’s a process that can take years, developing spiritual practice, studying ancient texts, meditating, chanting, and praying to achieve inner peace, following the monastic path to become a Buddhist monk or nun.
Henan, China -- As China's successful launch of its fifth manned spacecraft marks another step in realizing the country's space dream, Chinese monks regularly ponder how space is related to their own life.
TSUSHIMA, NAGASAKI PREF, Japan -- The mayor of Tsushima in Nagasaki Prefecture has vowed to directly ask South Korea to return a Buddhist statue that he claims is the property of a temple on the island.
by Yeshe Choesang, The Tibet Post International , 11 June 2013
Dharamshala, India -- Emerging reports coming out Tibet say, a Tibetan Buddhist nun has set herself ablaze on Tuesday evening, June 11, 2013 (5pm local time) in Tawu county, Karze, Kham province of eastern Tibet, in an apparent protest against Chinese repressive rule in Tibet.
by Sachiko Tamashige, Special To The Japan Times, May 16, 2013
Tokyo, Japan -- “The number of Shinto shrines in Japan has changed over centuries due to various political and social changes. There were about 190,000 shrines during the early Meiji Era (1867-1912), before a drastic change came about in the merging of shrines and temples. The number of shrines was greatly reduced, and now there are only around 80,000. That’s not much more than the number of convenience stores across Japan.”
by Lee Chack-fan, Sout6h China Morning Post, Friday, 10 May, 2013
In today's high-pressure world, some young people turn to philosophical input to cope
Hong Kong, China -- It is a known fact that teaching and research constitute the prime tasks of a university. Teaching is, of course, the dissemination of knowledge. Research, on the other hand, is the creation of new knowledge.
Mt. Emei, China -- At the foot of Mt. Emei in SW China's Sichuan province, stands a unique college - Emei Buddhist College. The college is built in Dafo Temple. Unlike other temples filled with worshippers, the Buddhist College is tranquil and solemn.
HOHHOT, China -- Jia Lasen, vice head of the Buddhist Association of China and a top Buddhist leader in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, died at the age of 66 on Sunday, according to local authorities.
Tibet, China -- Sky burial is a funerary practice in China's Tibetan regions, where the dead are laid out in a high flat place and ritually cut up, usually by a monk and rogyapas (body-breakers) and then fed to birds of prey, most commonly the Eurasian Griffon vulture.
by Yeshe Choesang, The Tibet Post International, March 29, 2013
Dharamshala, India -- Reports are emerging from Amdho region of Eastern Tibetan that a Tibetan monk has set himself ablaze to death in protest against Chinese rule, pushing the estimated toll to 114 in Tibet.
Dharmsala, India -- The tensions in Tibet have continued on a daily basis with another self-immolation having occurred. On March 16, 2013, Phayul.com has reported, "Breaking: Kirti monk marks March 16 with self-immolation, Toll rises to 108". At the anniversary of five years since the 2008 peaceful protests in Tibet, a Tibetan monk in Ngaba region of eastern Tibet has become the 108th Tibetan living under China’s rule to self-immolate.
Kyoto, Japan -- The government will demand that South Korea swiftly return two Buddhist statues that were stolen last year from a temple on the Nagasaki Prefecture island of Tsushima, which is situated about halfway between the two countries, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Wednesday.
BEIJING, China -- Chinese police arrested five Tibetans, mostly Buddhist monks, whom they allege worked at the behest of foreign forces to persuade three people to set themselves on fire in anti-Beijing protests.
Ulan Bator -- Scholars believe it to be the world’s largest treasury of ancient Buddhist texts. The sheer immensity of the collection held in the National Library of Mongolia has prevented a proper tally to date.
Tokyo, Japan -- Put it down to good karma. More than 100 curious citizens applied over the Internet for the chance to feast on vegetarian fare at the table of Kakuho Aoe, chief monk of the Ryokusenji temple in Tokyo’s Asakusa district.
Beijing, China -- In order to combat the growing number of self-immolations in Tibetan communities across China, the country’s top court and public security authorities have now issued a directive that allows for criminal charges, including intentional homicide, to be filed against people who organize, plot or incite others to commit such suicidal acts.
Nagano, Japan -- Situated in Nagano, Japan is one of the oldest temples dedicated to the Buddha. Built in the 7th century, it is believed to house the first Buddhist statue brought to Japan and is therefore visited by millions of pilgrims every year.
China’s four most sacred Buddhist mountains are hatching plans to list on the Shanghai stock exchange.
Beijing, China -- In China today, there’s little that money can’t buy — even when it comes to faith. Many of the country’s most popular Buddhist sites are chock-full of cure-all tonics and overpriced incense.
HANGZHOU, China -- International coffee company and coffeehouse Starbucks has again brewed debate over business versus historical interests in China after its opening of an outlet near a famed Buddhist temple in east China.
Dharamshala, India -- Shonu, a monk as well as a staff member of Drakgo Monastery, Drakgo county, eastern Tibet whose whereabouts remained unknown since his arrest in February 2012, is in Mianyang Prison (Sichuan Province), according to Dharamshala based Tibetan Human Rights group.
By Jocelyn R. Uy, Philippine Daily Inquirer/Asia News Network, Sep 3, 2012
Taipei, Taiwan -- Every day for the past four decades, 60-year-old Chen Shu-Jiu wakes up at 2:30 a.m. to set up her stall at the busy central market in Taitung, a county in eastern Taiwan. With her fresh merchandise-about a hundred varieties of vegetables-towering over her, she works until dark.
Putuo Mountain, China -- The Buddhist Association of China is strongly opposed to a plan for a public offering by a tourism development company that provides services around a sacred Buddhist mountain in East China.
Sichuan, China -- Reporters Without Borders said Thursday it condemns the arbitrary detention for months of the prominent Tibetan Buddhist monk Yonten Gyatso, and the seven-year prison sentence he has received for spreading information about Tibet. The organization calls for his immediate release and the withdrawal of the charges against him.
Taipei, Taiwan -- Two women tied the knot on Saturday in Taiwan's first same-sex Buddhist wedding, a move rights groups hope will help make the island become the first place in Asia to legalise gay marriage.
Lhasa, Tibet (China) -- The tragic series of self-immolations has continued in Tibet in protest of an increased crack down in the region by Chinese security forces. There has been an escalation of tensions at a monastery where a woman self-immolated in protest of Chinese rule this week.
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Two women plan to tie the knot next month in Taiwan's first same-sex Buddhist wedding, as gay and lesbian groups push to make the island the first society in Asia to legalise gay marriage
OGAWA, Japan -- He'd prefer enlightenment to a medal, but when Japan's horse-riding Buddhist monk Kenki Sato saddles up for London 2012, he'll be representing one of the Olympics' more unusual families.
Shanghai, China -- The latest effort to float on the capital market by Putuo Mountain, a Buddhist site, has renewed discussions over whether religious venues should turn into high-profile commercial entities through initial public offerings.
SHANGHAI, China -- Buddhist and Taoist temples have no right to go public and list shares on stock exchanges, a Chinese official was quoted in state media as saying of an issue that seems to have touched a nerve with the officially atheist government.
FUKUI, Japan -- Religious leaders from Buddhism, Christianity and other faiths are calling on a higher authority as they join the campaign against the restart of two idled reactors at the Oi nuclear power plant, operated by Kansai Electric Power Co.
DHARAMSALA, India -- One young Tibetan monk walked down a street kicking Chinese military vehicles, then left a suicide note condemning an official ban on a religious ceremony. Another smiled often, and preferred to talk about Buddhism rather than politics. A third man, a former monk, liked herding animals with nomads.
Beijing, China -- Two Tibetan Buddhist monks have set themselves on fire in Lhasa, US-based broadcaster Radio Free Asia said, in the first-ever reported self-immolations in the capital of China’s Tibet Autonomous Region.
By JANE SINGER, Special to The Japan Times, May 26, 2012
Honen-in's Shinsho Kajita attracts new generations through events such as concerts, art exhibitions
Kyoto, Japan -- Climb the stone walkway, stippled with fallen red camellia blossoms, that leads to Kyoto's Honen-in Temple, past a mossy thatched gate and raised platforms of sand combed in tight patterns of waves and chrysanthemums, and you enter a hushed and otherworldly space at the foot of Mount Daimonji.
by ADRIAN CROFT, The Globe and Mail, May. 14, 2012
LONDON, UK -- Tibet’s exiled Buddhist leader, the Dalai Lama, said Monday that China is beset by a moral crisis, widespread corruption and lawlessness, leading millions of Chinese to seek solace in Buddhism.
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Tens of millions of animals, mostly fish and birds, are dying every year in Taiwan because of so-called "mercy releases" by Buddhists trying to improve their karma, according to animal welfare activists.
Kyodo, Japan -- Novelist and Buddhist nun Jakucho Setouchi joined a hunger strike Wednesday in front of the industry ministry in Tokyo in protest the government's moves to restart idled reactors at the Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture.
Henan, China -- Henan Buddhist College (HBC) held an inauguration ceremony on Sunday in central China's Henan province, marking the establishment of the first-ever higher institute dedicated to Buddhist education in the birthplace of Han Chinese Buddhism.
Beijing, China -- Two men clad in traditional orange Buddhist robes have been spotted in the streets of Beijing hanging out with their girlfriends and downing cans of beer, raising more than a few eyebrows.
Henan, China -- Henan Buddhist College (HBC) held an inauguration ceremony on Sunday in central China's Henan province, marking the establishment of the first-ever higher institute dedicated to Buddhist education in the birthplace of Han Chinese Buddhism.
Shenzhen, China -- The 105-year-old master Ben Huan passed away on April 2, 2012 in the Hongfa Temple in Shenzhen of south China's Guangdong Province, according to an announcement of the temple posted on its official website.
ABA, China -- Armed police in full riot gear stand guard along the main street in Aba, a small Chinese town where a young monk burned himself to death last March, setting off a series of self-immolations.
by HIROKO TABUCHI, The New York Times, March 10, 2012
KAMAISHI, Japan -- Amid the grief of finding her mother’s body at a makeshift morgue in this tsunami-ravaged city last March, Fumie Arai took comfort in a small but surprising discovery. Unlike the rest of the muddied body, her mother’s face had been carefully wiped clean.
Shanghai, China -- A 130-year-old famous Buddhist temple in downtown Shanghai faces alarming safety hazards due to growing termite damage, aging structures and land subsidence caused by the building of nearby high-rises.
Losar celebrations quieter than usual after call for Tibetans to shun festivities and pray for those who suffered under Chinese
Langmu, Tibet (China) -- Tibetans in north-west China have marked a tense traditional new year with prayer, the sounding of a gong and subdued defiance, in the wake of a string of self-immolations and protests against Chinese control.
Bodhgaya, India -- The Buddhist holy sites of Bodh Gaya in India and Lumbini in Nepal - two of the religion’s most sacred pilgrimage locales, are becoming the dual epicenters of a Great Game between India and China.
Beijing, China -- An 18-year-old nun set herself on fire in China's restive southwest and later died, rights groups said Sunday, the latest in a spate of such incidents among ethnic Tibetans protesting Beijing's rule.
BEIJING, China -- A senior official in Chinese-ruled Tibet is ordering heightened security in Buddhist monasteries and along key roadways as the government tries to prevent protests that erupted in neighboring Tibetan communities from spreading.
Geshi Tsultrim Gyatso, 51, dies after six months in detention in a Qinghai prison. Police does not deny occurrence but claims it is “not responsible” for his death outside of prison. Chinese repression in Tibet continues unabated.
Dharamsala, India -- Geshi Tsultrim Gyatso, a Buddhist monk respected for his religious activities and commitment to Tibetan culture, died from the effects of torture by Chinese police during six months of detention. His death illustrates China’s relentless crackdown in Tibet and other provinces with a Tibetan majority.
Kyodo, Japan -- Buddhist monks and matchmaking services may sound like an unlikely combination, but many Buddhist sects in the country are now offering such services for their monks as their temples face a dearth of successors and possible integration with other temples.
Temple visitors were outraged by threats of bad fortune when they refused to pay thousands for incenses
Guangxi, China -- Ou Peng, from Guangxi Province, was visiting the Yanquan Temple in Kunming City of Yunnan Province in October 2011. Like most temple-goers, Ou had hoped to make a small offering and pray for his family's health.
by Liu Xiangrui and Li Yao, China Daily, Jan 11, 2012
Temple complex to house shrines representing other countries
LUOYANG, Henan -- "It's unusual to see exotic Buddhist buildings at such an ancient Chinese temple. They're so delicate and look so different from the traditional Chinese temples next to them," said Tang Chan, a 22-year-old college student, looking at the Indian shrine at Baima Temple.
Keisuke Matsumoto is creating a management model to help Buddhist temples in Japan attract Gen Y based on his learnings from the Hyderabad B-school, reports Kala Vijayraghavan
Tokyo, Japan -- A year ago, a 32-year-old Buddhist monk completed a post-graduate programme from the Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad, the B-school that's known to have everyone from dancers to scuba divers as students.
ZHENGZHOU, China -- Baima Temple, the oldest Buddhist temple in China, will see a new exotic shrine, funded by the Myanma government, rise in its courtyard next year, local religious affairs authorities said.
At Vow's Bar in Tokyo, Buddhist monks run the place and serve up advice along with cocktails. Here's a monk serving drinks on Monday.
Tokyo, Japan -- Another Friday night at this tiny neighborhood watering hole in Tokyo: By 7:30, the bar stools and tables in this cozy joint are filling up; office workers settle in with their cocktails and Kirin beers. And by a little after 8, it's time for the main act.
NEW DELHI, India -- Rattled by a seemingly unending stream of self-immolations by young Buddhist monks in Sichuan, China, the Chinese authorities are blaming the Tibetan government-in-exile in India as well as what they call overseas organizations, press and media institutions.
Shiga, Japan -- A prestigious Buddhist temple has informed Japan's largest yakuza crime syndicate, the Yamaguchi-gumi, that it will no longer accept visits by its members, a temple official said Saturday.
by Chen Shun-hsieh and Sofia Wu, Central News Agency, Nov 19, 2011
Taipei, Taiwan -- The 12th Gyalwang Drukpa, a respected Indian environmentalist and educator, said in Taipei Saturday that he hopes his current visit will help lead more Taiwanese to dedicate themselves to environmental protection in their daily lives.
KUNMING, China -- "Chen Fen," a 43-year-old woman who has been fighting HIV for 16 years, projects an image of energy and vitality, despite being weakened by her affliction. The source of her strength isn't a new pill or medication, but an ancient religious belief.
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A museum in Taiwan says two employees made and sold unauthorized copies of a 220-year-old Buddhist scripture written in the Tibetan language, one of the museum’s most treasured pieces.
HONGYUAN, China -- The young man's hands began to shake, and he tugged at his fingers to keep them still. The 20-year-old ethnic Tibetan was terrified of the police finding out that he'd spoken about the Buddhist monks who've been burning themselves alive.
By Tom Lasseter, McClatchy Newspapers, Nov. 4, 2011
BEIJING, China -- A Buddhist nun in China’s western Sichuan Province burned herself to death on Thursday, bringing to 11 the number of Tibetan clergy and former clergy who’ve set themselves on fire since March.
by YC. Dhardhowa, The Tibet Post International, 1 November 2011
Tokyo, Japan -- Sharing suffering with Japanese people affected by the recent natural disasters, the spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Monday 31st October, praised their resilience to rebuild their nation from even from ashes as they did after the second world war.
SERTHAR, China – Breathless but beaming, Sheng Zisu sounds confident after five months in a maze-like Buddhist encampment high on the eastern Tibetan plateau, nearly 400 miles of bad road from the nearest city.
by Chris Buckley, Sabrina Mao and Michael Martina; Editing by Yoko Nishikawa, Reuters, Oct 26, 2011
Beijing, China -- A Tibetan Buddhist monk doused himself in fuel and set himself ablaze in far western China on Tuesday, the tenth ethnic Tibetan this year to resort to the extreme form of protest, an overseas advocacy group said.
By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times, October 23, 2011
Nine suicides by young Buddhists in Sichuan province have unnerved the Chinese government and given momentum to the Tibetan movement.
Beijing, China -- Shopkeepers peer out from storefronts festooned with traditional Tibetan prayer flags at platoons of armed police, some carrying an unusual addition to their riot regalia: fire extinguishers.
Tokyo, Japan -- Shinnyo-en Buddhism celebrated the re-inspiriting of the Nirvana Buddha sculpture in the renovated Nirvana Hall at Oyasono, the head temple complex of the order in western Tokyo prefecture.
by Hsu Chih-wei and Deborah Kuo, CNA, Oct 17, 2011
Taipei, Taiwan -- Renowned Buddhism heritage specialists from around the world are scheduled to meet in Taipei Oct. 21-22 to discuss how to protect the birthplace of Buddha and rebuild the historical site into a cultural heritage for the whole world.
ABA TOWN, China -- Police in full riot gear carrying automatic rifles and iron bars stand guard outside a huge Tibetan monastery in southwest China, the scene of a series of self-immolations by Buddhist monks.
BEIJING, China -- Two Tibetan monks set themselves on fire Monday in a protest over China's tight rein over Buddhist practices, a rights group said as the Chinese government reiterated it will choose the next Dalai Lama.
YUSHU, Qinghai -- China plans to preserve a badly damaged Buddhist monastery in a remote northwest Tibetan region as a memorial to the devastating earthquake that killed nearly 2,700 people more than a year ago.
by YC. Dhardhowa, The Tibet Post International, 9 September 2011
Dharamshala, India -- Another Buddhist monk of Kirti monastery of Ngaba County, eastern Tibet was sentenced recently to three years imprisonment by a Chinese Immediate people's court in Ngaba for carrying out protest against Chinese rule in Tibet and its severe repression of the peaceful Tibetan people. Several others are still being held without charge after detained for nearly six months.
Lhasa, Tibet (China) -- Tibetans kicked off the annual Shoton Festival, or Yogurt Festival, on Monday by worshipping Buddha, taking in traditional Tibetan operas, and enjoying picnics in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region.
Beijing, China -- A court in south-western China on Monday convicted a Tibetan Buddhist monk of murder and sentenced him to 11 years in prison following the death of a younger monk who set fire to himself to protest Chinese rule.
Official news agency says three men face two-day trial after monk set himself on fire at Buddhist monastery
Sichuan, China -- Chinese authorities have arrested three Tibetan Buddhist monks claimed to have links with the self-immolation of Phuntsok, who burned himself to death last March in protest at the Chinese occupation of Tibet.
DHARAMSHALA, India -- Over a thousand Chinese armed security personnel have locked down Tawu Nyitso monastery, cutting off electricity and water supply as schools in the region remained closed following Monday’s self immolation of monk Tsewang Norbu.
OTSUCHICHO, Japan -- In a little room of a small hillside temple that barely survived Japan's tsunami five months ago, Yuko Kikuchi knelt down, quietly sobbing and gently caressing the boxes that hold the bones and ashes of her perished mother and sister-in-law.
TOKYO, Japan -- Japan's former imperial capital of Kyoto apologised Saturday after rejecting wood from the tsunami-ravaged Pacific coast for a traditional bonfire festival over fears of radioactive contamination.
A stay in a remote temple where monks perform both martial arts and meditation was a good way to get your head around the dividing line between communism and capitalism, writes TADHG PEAVOY
Seoul, South Korea -- SUCH IS THE diversity of South Korea that in the space of five days I found myself bear-walking backwards up a mountain with a monk for company and 73 metres underground on the border of the Cold War.
by Cain Nunns, Guardian Weekly, Tuesday 26 July 2011
Western aid gap is being filled by thriving NGOs in Asia, which apply business techniques to charitable ends
Taipei, Taiwan -- Yeh Ci-xing wasn't expecting a tectonic shift in her core values or the genesis of major lifestyle changes after picking up an in-flight magazine. They aren't intended for that. What they did contain, particularly in 1988, were pithy distractions from the boredom, bad food, and secondhand smoke-filled cabins that were the hallmarks of long-haul flights.
Beijing, China -- Three Tibetan Buddhist nuns were sentenced to three years in prison by a court in south-western China's Sichuan province after they called for freedom and the return of the exiled Dalai Lama, a human rights group said on Friday.
LANZHOU, China -- China will invest more than 4.7 billion yuan (723 million U.S. dollars) over 10 years to improve the natural environment of a desert-threatened oasis city that holds one of the world's most impressive ancient Buddhist cave frescoes, local officials said Friday.
DHARAMSHALA, India -- Many Tibetans have been detained in Kardze in eastern Tibet's Kham Province as their protests against the Chinese government's repression continue to escalate, Radio Free Asia reported.
by Cornelius Lundsgaard, The Tibet Post International, 10 June 2011
Dharamshala, India -- The Taiwanese-sponsored social and musical charity, White Tara, yesterday (June 9) held a concert at the Tibetan Institute for Performing Arts (TIPA) in McLeod Ganj. About 300 people, had bought a ticket for the venue which lasted a good three hours. Mainly young Tibetans were among the audience but a handful of foreigners also made it as well as a few children's families and a small crowd of monks.
BEIJING, China -- China rejected pressure from a U.N. human rights panel about more than 300 Tibetan monks and said Thursday that local authorities are "conducting legal education" for the monks to maintain order.
The whereabouts of four Tibetans who peacefully protested the Chinese government’s repression and wrong policies in eastern Tibet last year remains unknown
DHARAMSHALA, India -- A group of four monks, three from Guru Monastery and one from Jamjor Monastery, raised slogans of “long live His Holiness the Dalai Lama”, “Tibet is independent” and “invite His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet” during their spontaneous peaceful protest in Nyagrong in eastern Tibet’s Kham Province on 8 May 2010, a video received by the Central Tibetan Administration revealed.
HIROSHIMA, Japan -- Buddhist monk Hoji Okamoto and some of his colleagues are making arrangements to invite a group of junior high school students from Iitate, designated as part of a no-go zone due to the ongoing crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, to have dialogue with victims of the 1945 Hiroshima atomic bombing in August.
Sichuan, China -- Tibetan monks remaining at a restive Buddhist monastery in China’s Sichuan province are being forced to undergo a “grueling” routine of political re-education by Chinese authorities after 300 of their number were forcibly removed by Chinese security forces, sources said.
Soma, Japan -- Buddhist priests burned incense and chanted yesterday for Japan's tsunami victims, marking the 49th day since the disaster and closing the period when the dead were believed to be wandering restlessly through destroyed home towns.
DHARAMSHALA, India -- Thousands of Tibetans, including monks, nuns and students from Tibetan Children Village (TCV) took out a rally from Buddhist temple, Mcleodganj to main chowk at Dharamshala on Sunday following reports from Ngaba region in Tibet of the alleged detention of 300 monks from Kriti Monastery and killing of two elder Tibetans during a clash on the night of April 21 by Chinese forces deployed there after a Tibetan monk set himself on fire.
Tokyo, Japan -- After the March 11 quake jolted northeastern Japan and a deadly tsunami swept away coastal towns, New York-based Buddhist priest T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki shifted into gear, drawing from work with locals after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks a decade ago to initiate memorials and other events around the city.
by John Longhurst, Winnipeg Free Press, April 2, 2011
Tokyo, Japan -- In the aftermath of the terrible earthquake and tsunami in Japan, much has been written and said about how the people of that nation have coped with the disaster -- how calm, stoic, patient and tranquil they are despite thetragedy that befell them.
by Howard Tsang, Asia Pacific Memo, March 31, 2011
Tokyo, Japan -- On the 7th day after the earthquake, at precisely 2:46 p.m., sirens rang out along Japan’s northeastern coast. Millions paused, placing their palms together and bowing their heads to remember those who were lost. In the Japanese Buddhist funerary cycle, the living perform rites for the dead every 7th day, continuing until the 49th day after death. Spirits of the deceased are believed to spend 49 days traveling to their next rebirth.
Tokyo, Japan -- The disaster that struck northeastern Japan on March 11 shook members of the nation's foreign community in different ways. Some booked seats on the next flight out; others decided to stay put.
Tokyo, Japan -- Authorities in Buddhist-majority Japan have given the green light for some of the 6,500 people killed by last week's earthquake and tsunami to be buried, citing fuel shortage, a government spokesman said on Friday.
Tokyo, Japan -- Friday begins a special annual period in Buddhism called Ohigan -@ "the other shore gathering," or enlightenment -@ when Buddhists in Japan go to their family's graveyards to worship on behalf of their ancestors and relatives.
Taipei, Taiwan -- An 9.0-magnitude earthquake on the Richter scale hit Japan on March 11 at 2:46 pm Japan time. Immediately after the quake, the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation set up an emergency coordination center in its global headquarters in Hualien, Taiwan.
by JOHN GARNAUT, Sydney Morning Herald, February 19, 2011
ULAN BATOR, Mongolia -- Weathered old folk in fur hats and goatskin gowns and young couples wearing designer sunglasses are squeezing into Gandan monastery to lay money at the feet of a small and ornate statue of Buddha. The room has the yak butter smell of monasteries in Lhasa but the scene is otherwise more natural, lively and shambolic.
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- An eco-friendly blanket produced by the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation out of recycled PET bottles has gained world-renowned carbon footprint reduction certification, the first product of its kind to be recognized in this way.
by YC.Dhardhowa, The Tibet Post International , 12 February 2011
Taipei, Taiwan -- Tibet Religious Foundation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama based in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan organised a religious discourse on "Parting from the four attachments" by Sakya Dungsei Ratna Vajra Rinpoche on the evening of 10 and 11 February in Taipei.
Shanghai, China -- The controversial abbot of Shaolin Temple says he will continue to concentrate on the overseas market even after the world famous temple has opened more than 40 centers around the world to teach foreigners kung fu and Zen Buddhism.
Taipei, Taiwan -- Addressing a grand prayer congregation for world peace and religious harmony held on the New Year eve in Taipei, Tibet's spiritual leader His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama's Representative to Taiwan has underscored the importance of religious harmony among different religions of the world.
Global Times/Strait Metropolis Daily, December 9, 2010
Longhai, China -- The "immortal" body of a woman who passed away in 1978 at a temple in Longhai city, Fujian Province is being gilded as a Buddha after it was discovered undecayed in a large jar by workers doing repairs on November 30.
BEIJING, China -- Quan Zhenyuan discovered Buddhism by accident. After the owner of a vegetarian restaurant here in the Chinese capital gave her a book about the religion, she became hooked. Today, Quan is one of a growing number of urban Chinese who turn to Buddhism for spiritual fulfillment.
by YC. Dhardhowa, The Tibet Post International, 22 November 2010
Dharamshala, India -- The local Chinese Intermediate People's Court on 25 October 2010 sentenced two Buddhist monks from Chamdho region, eastern Tibet to nine and half years' imprisonment for their activities and involvements in the March 2008 peaceful uprising to against China's rule over Tibet, according to a latest information received by The Tibet Post International.
Beijing, China -- China's religious sites like the Buddhist Lingyin Temple and the Shaolin Temple, the popular symbols of the Chinese kung fu, are not only attracting thousands of followers but also turning into tourist destinations.
BEIJING, China -- The Grand Bao'en Temple, a Buddhist monastery which had unveiled relics purported to have been sent by Emperor Ashoka, has received a mammoth donation of $150 million from the country's richest man.
Taipei, Taiwan -- Six Tibetan Buddhist nuns from Europe and the United States were ordained in a solemn ceremony held in Taipei on Sunday and they said they will try their best to make Buddhism take root in the West.
Nara, Japan -- Early on a bright and shining morning, His Holiness began the second day of his autumn tour of Japan by traveling across the Deer Park at the heart of the ancient Buddhist capital of Nara, to the modern Nara Prefecture Auditorium, where 250 or so Koreans filled a large room, standing up and greeting him when he appeared. To this Buddhist group, including many monks and nuns, he delivered a rigorous Buddhist talk on shunyata, and the powers of the mind.
Dharamsala, India -- The religious and cultural department of Tibet's Government in exile and the heads of major schools of Tibetan Buddhism, now almost all based outside of Tibet, Wednesday formally repudiated China's plans to tighten control over Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and temples.
by Roger Casas, Originally published in New Mandala, Aug 3, 2010; The Buddhist Channel, Oct 13, 2010
Yunnan, China -- Some among New Mandala readers and contributors may recall two earlier posts concerning a new temple built in Jinghong City (the capital of the Xishuangbanna [Sipsongpanna] Dai Autonomous Prefecture, in Yunnan Province, People´s Republic of China), and managed by a property development company from the north of the country.
Beijing, China -- China has promulgated a regulation on the administration of Tibetan Buddhist temples which stipulates, among others, that overseas individuals or organizations should not interfere in temple affairs.
Beijing, China -- A Buddhist temple, the only ancient building complex that remained standing at Beijing's Old Summer Palace, or Yuanmingyuan, has been renovated and will open to visitors before the end of this year.
Kunming, China -- One of the most biologically diverse regions in China and the world, Yunnan province is home to a disproportionate amount of China's animal species – many of which are endangered. According to the Yunnan Provincial Environmental Protection Bureau, Yunnan is home to more than 59 percent of China's endangered animal species.
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Since 1999, Roland Lin has traveled to Central Asia a dozen times to study Buddhist heritage sites. As a follower and researcher of Buddhism, he considers it his mission to promote public awareness of Buddhist civilizations in the region along the ancient Silk Road.
By Nomi Morris, The Los Angeles Times, September 11, 2010
The practice, suppressed for decades by the Communist Party, is being reclaimed by Mongolians as an integral part of their national identity.
Shand Khiid, Mongolia -- In the crimson-painted interior of a monastery in central Mongolia, boys as young as 6 face one another cross-legged on benches and chant Tibetan Buddhist prayers that they barely understand.
BEIJING, China -- A Peking University (PKU) graduate has been attracting attention for turning down a full scholarship to the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in order to become a monk.
Taipei, Taiwan -- The Huayen Forum of Globalization and the Seventh General Conference of World Buddhist Sangha Youth (WBSY) will take place Sep. 4-6 at the Sansia campus of National Taipei University, the organizers said Sunday.
In new China's cities, millions of young people are turning to Buddhism to make sense of their county's rapid transformation while in the far west, minority communities are searching for ways to preserve their culture against the pressures of development.
Suzhou, China -- A Taiwan Buddhist charity set up shop in China on Friday, a sign of the atheist Communist rulers growing but still limited religious tolerance and part of a drive to win the hearts and minds of the Taiwanese.
NANJING, China -- An ancient Buddhist tower in east China's Jiangsu Province, which was a world wonder during the medieval ages, will enshrine part of the skull bone of Sakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism.
Beijing, China -- Four years ago, eight senior monks, clad in carlet and saffron robes, filed in front of a golden Buddha and began chanting on stage in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou. It marked an important turning point in China's attitude toward religion.
Foundation's new role would allow it to provide information directly to the U.N. Secretary-General
Taipei, Taiwan -- The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has given the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation special consultative status, the Taiwanese humanitarian organization announced yesterday.
Kathmandu, Nepal -- While announcing plans to boost tourism along the Nepal-Tibet border, China has blocked a Buddha rally from Nepal to the ongoing Shanghai Expo 2010 due to jitters that it may trigger fresh anti-China feelings in Tibet.
Yokohama, Japan -- Over 500 South Korean Buddhists received an audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama this afternoon at the the convention hall of the Intercontinental Grand Hotel at Yokohama in Tokyo.
Kanazawa, Japan -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Tuesday suggested that Japan and China should think of translating Buddhist texts and commentaries preached by Lord Buddha and other learned spiritual masters into their own languages.
Nagano, Japan -- At an informal discussion with over 200 Buddhist priests, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said Japan with its highly developed scientific knowledge combined with its ancient Buddhist tradition can produce Buddhist scientists.
Nagano, Japan -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama told a crowd of over 300 Japanese Buddhists that all human beings have the same potential to achieve Buddhahood if they realize the source of all sufferings is ignorance and delusion about one's true nature.
Nagano, Japan -- Amid speculations on the nature of his first visit to Zenkoji Temple, His Holiness the Dalai Lama asked a group of about 40 journalists who attended a press conference today at Zenkoji not to read too much into a visit that is purely religious.
BEIJING, China -- Having gone through more than three years of excavation, archeologists in Nanjing, the capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, have disclosed more information of the miniature stupa in the Dabaoen Temple. The site is believed to hold the Buddhist relics of Sakyamuni, founder of Buddhism.
A counterfeit religious leader makes a cautious foray into Tibet
Lhasa, Tibet (China) -- The Chinese, having perfected the art of copying watches and DVDs, believe they have made a perfect copy of the Panchen Lama, Tibet's second-most revered religious figure, and set him loose on the streets of a prefecture in Southern Tibet.
By Tim Culpan and Bruce Einhorn, Businessweek, May 18, 2010
Taipei, Taiwan -- Venerable Dharma Master Cheng Yen, 73, leads Taiwan’s largest charity of 120,000 volunteers and teaches Buddhism on her television show. Add to her résumé product tester for Asustek Computer Inc.’s e-book reader.
Kunming, China -- A forest fire broke out near the southwestern Chinese city of Kunming Saturday and was racing towards a 500-year-old Buddhist temple -- the city's famed tourist spot, local authorities said.
YUSHU, China -- "With the help of the eminent monk, my mom can go to Sukhavati," said 14-year-old Nyima Tendru as he grieved for his mother lost in the 7.1-magnitude earthquake that struck Yushu in northwest China's Qinghai Province on April 14.
Taipei, Taiwan -- A representative of Taiwan's Buddhist Tzu Chi group won a prize at a World Health Organization conference in Great Britain with a report about Typhoon Morakot disaster relief, reports said yesterday.
Qinghai, China -- Worried over nearly 10,000 Buddhist monks and nuns from the Tibet Autonomous Region, Sichuan and other neighboiuring areas rushing to the quake-hit Yushu area in the Western Qinghai province to organise rescue and relief work independently of the Government and the Chinese Red Cross, the Ministry of Public Security in the Qinghai province has imposed restrictions on rescue and relief work by monks and nuns.
Qinghai, China -- The massive earthquake that hit Tibetan dominated Qinghai province is unlike any other calamity in China as red and orange robed Buddhist monks and ceremonies played important role in handling the tragedy in which over a thousand people were killed.
Beijing, China -- Refuting Dalai Lama's charge that China is "deliberately annihilating Buddhism" in Tibet, Chinese official media today hit back, saying the religion is being practised without any hindrance in the region.
Beijing, China -- Buddhism shares with traditional Chinese culture a deep reverence for the value of harmony, and its doctrines promote social accord and world peace, the abbot of the Shaolin Temple told China.org.cn.
A visit to a hot-spring bath or Buddhist temple in Japan is like balm for both body and soul
Tokyo, Japan -- MONK-like, the tourists hasten away from their hotels at dawn wrapped in thin cotton robes called yukatas. On their feet are bathing slippers, and in their hands little baskets with the essentials.
Dharamsala, India -- Hundreds of people, including Buddhist monks and nuns, gathered for a peaceful sit-in. The aim is to know what happened to the more than 7 thousand protesters arrested in March 2008. The police charge them without giving answers. Little hope after the meeting between Obama and the Dalai Lama.
Taipei, Taiwan -- The small group gathered after dark at Taipei's Tamshui River with tanks of catfish could be easily mistaken for fishermen if not for their sombre looks and what they do to the animals.
Kazuo Inamori, the founder of electronics maker Kyocera Corp, agreed this week to become the new chief executive of Japan Airlines, as the carrier's shares plunged ahead of its expected bankruptcy
Tokyo, Japan -- Jal is likely to file for bankruptcy as early as next week as part of a broader restructuring aimed at reducing debts, slashing about 13000 jobs and cutting dozens of unprofitable routes.
Shanghai, China -- THE abbot of Shaolin Temple, in central China's Henan Province, yesterday fought criticism against him for "leading a material life" by claiming he and his fellow monks only received a monthly allowance of less than 200 yuan (US$29.29).
Beijing, China -- Shaolin Temple, the world-famous birthplace of Chinese Kung Fu, was attacked by hackers twice this month, reflecting long-standing ill feeling about the temple’s aggressive commercial activities in recent years.
LHASA, Tibet (China) -- First-phase of the project to conserve a more-than-1,000-year-old Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Ngari prefecture of southwestern China's Tibet Autonomous Region has been completed, and the second phase will begin soon.
Qinghai, China -- Buddhist stone carvings over a large area have been discovered in Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, southwestern Qinghai Province, according to the Qinghai Provincial Bureau of Cultural Relics.
Beijing, China -- After graduating from Tsinghua University, Zhihong became a nun. Since 2001, she has adopted a total of 26 abandoned children, and over 20 of them are either currently studying or have graduated from Buddhism programs at various colleges in China.
Jon Watts blog about Taiwan Buddhist group Tzu Chi Foundation, The Guardian, Oct 8, 2009
In Taipei, recycling is not just socially responsible, it is a religious practice for the elderly volunteers at the charity Tzu Chi
Taipei, Taiwan -- I had a vision of the future last week. It wasn't half as sexy, hi-tech or awe-inspiring as I might once have hoped, but there was a certain gritty positivism about the experience that made it feel more real than any science-fiction fantasy.
By Catherine Makino and Naoyuki Ogi, IPS, Oct 2, 2009
TOKYO, Japan -- Hip hop. Fashion. Zen café. Animation. Who could have thought that these pop culture staples would come to be associated with a religion known for its centuries-old traditions advocating a strict life of self-denial?
By TING-I TSAI, The Wall Street Journal, Aug 31, 2009
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama began the first day of his trip here Monday, holding religious services for victims of Typhoon Morakot and sharing his thoughts on Taiwan and China's relationship, saying the two should develop "very close and unique links."
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Officials in Taipei heaved a collective sigh of relief yesterday. Kuomintang leaders, from President Ma Ying-jeou on down, were bracing for the tit for tat from Beijing after an entry visa was given to the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala Thursday to come to Taiwan to pray for the victims of the flood disaster of August 8.
Taipei, Taiwan -- Ten days have passed since Typhoon Morakot unleashed massive floods and lethal landslides in southern Taiwan, but the government has made little progress in distributing cash subsidies to families who lost loved ones in the disaster.
Taipei, Taiwan -- After seven days of natural disasters, the Tibet Office "Tibet Religious Foundation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama" in Taipei have organized a special prayer ceremony for the victims of Typhoon, those who lost their lives and those who still missing.
WUTAISHAN, China -- Temples thrive, monks travel far and wide in search of enlightenment, the faithful fill the halls of worship -- after decades of atheist policies, Buddhism is making a huge comeback in China.
SHANGHAI, China -- A group of Chinese monks, most of whom hold bachelor's and even master's degrees, completed an eight-month English training course at a Shanghai language university Saturday and were awarded certificates.
TAIYUAN, China -- A sacred mountain in China that has been witness to centuries of Buddhist history was added Friday to UNESCO's World Heritage List during the 33rd session of the World Heritage Committee in Seville, Spain.
DHARAMSALA, India -- Lobsang Gyatso and his fellow Tibetan monks had been biding their time, walking around the main square of the monastery nestled in the barren hills of northwestern China. Now the moment had arrived.
Bruce Holmes has a religious experience in a Buddhist heartland
Luoyang, China -- The fragrance of incense fills the air as locals carry large burning sticks to their prayer positions. We are at the White Horse Temple near Luoyang in China the country's first Buddhist temple, built in 68AD and named by the emperor after the white horse that brought the first Buddhist scriptures from India.
Beijing, China -- The first emperor of a united China could go down in history not only for the Great Wall or the terracotta army of guards and horses, but also for his attempt to crush Buddhism, which was widely prevalent at that time, according to a researcher on Monday.
XI'AN, China -- A finger bone believed to belong to the founder of Buddhism was enshrined Saturday in a 148-meter-high stupa, the world's highest, in an ancient temple in northwest China's Shaanxi province.
Nara, Japan -- Like a visitor from some remote part of the universe, the deity Ashura of Kofukuji Temple in Nara appears with six spindly arms frozen in motion and three faces on a single head that is crowned with a perfectly groomed hairdo.
Taipei, Taiwan -- Members of Taiwan's largest charity organization, the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation, entered the General Headquarters of the Army Thursday to raise awareness about environmental protection among the men and women in uniform.
Mount Hiei, Japan -- As the men training to become Tendai Buddhist monks strode up Japan's Mount Hiei on a nearly 25-mile trek, a man called Gobo was sweating, but his skin felt cold. The 50-year-old's eyes glazed, his pallor turned ghostly, his breathing became truncated and rapid.
Taipei, Taiwan -- A Taiwan Buddhist master said Thursday that swine flu is "the earth's warning" to human beings to stop destroying the environment. Master Cheng Yen, 72, nicknamed Taiwan's Mother Teresa for her charity work, gave the warning in her daily speech to her disciples around the world.
Taipei, Taiwan -- A local Buddhist charity, the Tzu Chi Foundation, has been offering some tips on how people can cope on an everyday basis with the effects of the financial crisis that has gripped the world.
Ulan Bator, Mongolia -- The Mongolian community, which existed in Kalimpong, India, beginning in the 1950s, was almost a continuation (as well as much smaller version) of the Mongolian community in pre-Communist Tibet, especially in Lhasa. Contact between the Mongols and Tibet is said to have started during Chinggis Khaan’s time.
Tadamasa Goto will enter priesthood after falling foul of yakuza leaders for allegedly passing information to the FBI
Tokyo, Japan -- Tadamasa Goto, one of Japan's most notorious underworld bosses, is to enter the Buddhist priesthood less than a year after his volatile behaviour caused a rift in the country's biggest crime syndicate.
NARA, Japan -- A young woman dubbed "Butsuzo girl" because of her decision to devote her life to promoting the interesting aspects of Buddhist statues spoke about the origins of her passion--uncommon for a person of her age--during a public lecture held in late March at the Nara National Museum in Nara.
Tokyo, Japan -- Urban dwellers, looking for something missing from the day-to-day grind of their working lives, are literally heading to the mountains to reconnect with nature and find spiritual fulfillment.
WUXI, Jiangsu (China) -- The Famen Temple in China's northwestern Shaanxi Province will finish building a pagoda in May to house a special relic, a fragment of Buddha's finger bone, an official with the State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA) said Sunday.
WUXI, Jiangsu (China) -- Buddhist experts attending the World Buddhist Forum here called for international cooperation in researching and protecting the Tripitaka, the encyclopedia of Buddhist culture.
Taipei, Taiwan -- Taiwan Friends of Tibet chairwoman Chow Mei-li yesterday accused the World Buddhist Forum of politically interfering in religion by refusing to invite the Dalai Lama to the forum because China considers the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader to be a “separatist.”
BEIJING, China -- The Chinese mainland and Taiwan, in a further sign of improved ties, will jointly hold the second World Buddhism Forum from March 28 to April 1 this year, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.
XI'AN, China -- A temple housing one of Buddha's finger bone relics in northwest China's Shaanxi Province has reopened to the public after closing due to discontentment with a wall being built in front of its gate, local authorities said Tuesday.
Beijing, China -- Almost 100 monks are being held in detention after hundreds of people attacked a police station and government officials in a Tibetan area of north-western China, state media reported.
BEIJING, China -- China has tightened restrictions on advertising and construction outside Tibet's famed Potala Palace, following calls from the United Nations to better preserve the UNESCO World Heritage Site's natural setting.
LAJIA, China -- Armed police were out in full force on Tuesday, some monasteries were sealed off and checkpoints set up as the "roof of the world" marked 50 years since a failed uprising against Chinese rule.
by Yasumasa Kanasugi, Yomiuri Shimbun, March 6, 2009
Tokyo, Japan -- An increasing number of famous temples that attract large numbers of visitors have banned smoking throughout their premises, echoing antismoking measures adopted by public facilities in recent years.
TOKYO, Japan -- A Japanese man whose home was found packed with Buddhist statues told police he had stolen some from temples in the ancient capital of Kyoto so he could pray to them, domestic media said Tuesday.
Taipei, Taiwan -- Buddhist organizations in Taiwan, China and Hong Kong will jointly hold the second World Buddhist Forum, which will open March 28 in Wuxi in China's Jiangsu province and conclude in Taipei on April 1.
Lhasa, Tibet (China) -- Chinese security forces arrested 21 Tibetans in the southwestern province of Sichuan in the past three days for demanding the return of the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, a human rights group said.
Ulan Bator, Mongolia -- Mongolia is a nation with traditions and practices of worshipping and protecting nature with ancient origins. The ancestors of today’s Mongolians used to refer to the sky as ‘father’ and the earth as ‘mother’.
BEIJING, China -- Tangka, or Tibetan Buddhist story painting, is a fascinating element of Tibet autonomous region's culture. At an ongoing exhibition of national heritage items at the Beijing Agricultural Exhibition Hall, visitors can see how Tibetan artisans paint Tangka, and take a closer look at how the exquisite art is made.
By GRAHAM SIMMONS, The Star (Malaysia), February 7, 2009
Religion was once brutally suppressed in China. Now, however, its values are being embraced
Beijing, China -- During China’s infamous Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), anything smacking of religion was brutally suppressed. But despite ongoing repression of Buddhism in the Tibetan Autonomous Region, things in the Chinese heartland are now much more open and relaxed.
Lhasa, Tibet (China) -- Taking place on the 4th-11th day of the first Tibetan Lunar month, Monlam, the Great Prayer Festival, is one of the most important festivals in Tibetan Buddhism. Pictures of this year's festival display the spectacular processions and colourful outfits of Tibet's Buddhist monks.
Xinjiang, China -- The Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has invested 80 million yuan for the conservation of important cultural relics along the Xinjiang portion of the Silk Road. Conservation projects have been launched on a full scale along the Silk Road in Bayingolin Mongolian Autonomous Prefecture, Turpan, Aksu, Kashgar and Hotan.
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Archbishop John Hung Shan-chuan of Taipei was among a group of religious and civic leaders who staged a sit-in protest here against passage of a law to legalize gambling venues on Taiwan's outlying islands.
Nagano, Japan -- Nagano City’s famous Zenkoji will display the replica of the hidden Buddha image enshrined in the temple for public viewing from April 5 through May 31, 2009 in a special event held only once every seven years.
Taipei, Taiwan -- A Chinese delegation arrived in Taiwan late Sunday to help deal with an incident in which two visiting monks from China's centuries-old Linggu Temple died at a northern Taiwan hotel last week.
By GOH SUI NOI, The Straits Times/AsiaNews, Jan 12, 2008
More Chinese people are seeking spiritual sustenance as society has grown more complex and impersonal
Beijing, China -- Arrianna Liu, 30, feels more at ease now saying grace before a meal in a restaurant in China than she did before. It is not just that the government appears to have loosened the reins on religion.
By Andrew Jacobs, Scotland on Sunday, January11, 2009
Guandu, China -- THE cluster of temples at the heart of this dusty, traffic-clogged town are picturesque reminders of China's faded Buddhist past. Dogs warm themselves in the winter sun as a few toothless devotees bow before smiling Buddhas.
by By Han Nai-kuo, Central News Agency, Jan 11, 2009
Kaohsiung, Taiwan -- Two affiliated organizations of the Fo Guang Shan Monastery -- a Buddhist Temple in southern Taiwan -- on Sunday donated scholarship funds totaling NT$1.8 million (US$54,300) to help less privileged schoolchildren in Kaohsiung.
Sanchi stupa replica promised by India nears completion
Luoyang, China -- Border and other disputes still make them estranged neighbours. But India and China will have something to celebrate together sometime early next year: yet another coming of the Indian Buddha to the Middle Kingdom.
LANZHOU, China -- The global financial crisis has slashed the number of tourists to Dunhuang, a Silk Road city and home to historic Buddhist grottoes, city tourism bureau chief Gong Ying said on Monday.
Luoyang, China -- During his visit to China in June, 2003, the then Indian prime minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, promised a "gift" to China from the Indian government. I was part of the Indian media delegation accompanying him. But, to be honest, I was more interested in weightier matters of India-China relations and didn't think much of the "gift". Actually, I didn't even know exactly what it was going to be.
Kunming, China -- Fourteen Shaolin monks arrived in the ancient town of Guandu, near Kunming, capital of Yunnan Province, on December 13 to take over the management of four temples. Their aim is to combine Shaolin Chan Buddhism (often known in the West by its Japanese name, Zen) and martial arts, with Yunnan's native Buddhist culture.
Matsue, Japan -- A few years ago, the only priest at Kezoji, an ancient temple in Matsue, hit upon a novel idea to attract more visitors - offering traditional Buddhist cuisine, prepared by the priest himself.
KYOTO, Japan -- An annual two-day Buddhist ceremony to cook about 10,000 meals using 5,000 "daikon" started Sunday at a temple in Jokyo Ward, Kyoto, as thousands of pieces of the Japanese radishes were kept simmering in huge caldrons.
Xigaze, China -- Housing substantive Buddhism scriptures and frescos, the Sakya Monastery, located in the Sakya County of Xigaze Prefecture, is honored as "Second Dunhuang". Since 2002, the monastery has been undertaking several maintenances at a huge cost.
The Royal Grand Hall of Buddhism in Hyogo Perfecture, Japan, seems to be going for record-breaking feats
Hyogo, Japan -- AFTER many years and two failed attempts, Dr Kyuse Enshinjoh, founder priest of Japan’s Nenbutsushu Buddhist sect, found the perfect site for the temple of his dreams, and devotees and members put in every effort to realise their spiritual leader’s vision.
Beijing, China -- China's birth place of kung fu, the Shaolin Temple, has taken over the management of four Buddhist temples in southwest China in a move criticized by some Internet users for mixing capitalism with religion.
Kunming, China -- Buddhist monks from Shaolin Temple, known for kungfu legends, have been sent to work at four temples in Kunming, Yunnan province, its abbot Shi Yongxin said in a press release on Monday.
BEIJING, China -- China's birth place of kung fu, the Shaolin Temple, has taken over the management of four Buddhist temples in southwest China in a move criticized by some Internet users for mixing capitalism with religion.
Nanjing, China -- Buddhist monks and scholars from around the world will gather at a forum in China in March next year to discuss how Buddhism can contribute to the building of a harmonious world, organizers said Sunday.
Taipei, Taiwan -- Don’t ask me why I came to this Awakening Camp, and don’t ask me if I will become a monastic in the future. There are just too many answers, and also because there’s really no answer, and especially because even if there were an answer, it would not matter.
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- National Taiwan University (NTU) celebrated its 80th anniversary yesterday with a campaign to recruit bone-marrow donors for victims of fatal illnesses such as tuberculosis or leukemia. Hundreds of students and alumni from Taiwan’s oldest higher educational institution came forward to register in the database of potential bone-marrow donors set up by Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation.
Lhasa, Tibet (China) -- Reporters Without Borders deplores the Chinese government’s lack of goodwill towards foreign journalists trying to visit Tibet and its repressions of Tibetans who dare to talk about what has happened to them. A Tibetan monk, for example, was arrested three days ago after speaking openly in a video and answering a foreign journalist’s questions about the torture he underwent in prison.
Tokyo, Japan -- After a stunning Oct. 25 announcement in India that he had "given up," the Dalai Lama reiterated during a visit to Japan this weekend that he is losing faith in talks with the Chinese government over Tibet's future.
"Religion should be a power for peace in Asia and the world, not a root of unrest. We should get rid of religious conflict for good. We should use different ideologies to heal the wounds caused by the globalization of civilization." -- Master Xuecheng
Thieves are targeting Japan's religious heritage, stealing more than 30 valuable Buddhist statues from temples in one prefecture alone this year
Tokyo, Japan -- Japan's temples have rarely been locked in the past, but local religious associations in Shizuoka Prefecture are suggesting that security needs to be stepped up to make sure that more items of historical and artistic value do not disappear.
Lhasa, Tibet (China) -- The construction of Tibet Buddhist Institute, which is the first high level comprehensive institute on Tibetan Buddhism in Tibet, kicked off in Qushui county of Lhasa on October 18, 2008.
Taipei, Taiwan -- Taiwan's social freedoms and religious diversity have led to a proliferation of sects, faith-based charities and evangelical organizations. One of the best known is Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association, founded in 1989 by revered monk Master Sheng Yen.
Sichuan, China -- And the three decades since reform and opening up have seen a redoubling of efforts to preserve China's ancient cultural heritage. Work is soon to get underway to save a one thousand year old statue.
NARA, Japan -- Yakushiji temple is filled with tributes and reminders of Xuan Zang (ca 600-664), who in the seventh century traveled to Nalanda, now an archaeological site located in Bihar State, India, in search of original Buddhist sutras that would become of vital significance to Buddhists in Japan.
by Michael Kohn, San Francisco Chronicle, September 17, 2008
Ulan Bator, Mongolia -- Mitch Tillman is an unlikely savior. Six years ago, the Baptist missionary languished in an Alabama jail, facing a prison sentence on drug charges. Today he builds hospitals, feeds street children and saves souls in Mongolia.
KYOTO, Japan -- A new pilgrimage route of 151 popular shrines and temples in the Kinki region was inaugurated Monday, with about 220 Shinto and Buddhist priests visiting the route's starting point, Ise Grand Shrines in Mie Prefecture.
HONG KONG, (China) -- A Buddhist monk admitted in a Hong Kong court to keeping child porn at his monastery after alerting Interpol by downloading photos from an illegal website, local media reported Wednesday.
KYOTO, Japan -- The powerful aura one feels while walking the more than 300 stone steps from a riverside path up Mt. Takao to Jingoji temple in Kyoto can be credited to the temple's profound connection with the top levels of Buddhist hierarchy.
Kaoshiung, Taiwan -- The passing away of Ven. Hui Pen the Chief Abbot of Tzuyan Temple in Kaoshiung province Taiwan is a great lost to the World Buddhist Sangha Council (WBSC) as well as the World Sangha Community.
Tokyo, Japan -- As a young child I looked forward to Thursdays, the day my mom would bring home Japanese cartoon videos. I looked forward especially to “Japan’s Folk Tales,” which would present Japan’s many popular folk tales in animated form.
Mount Emei, China -- If you read stories of the Monkey King, known to the Chinese as Journey to the West, a classic novel written by Wu Cheng'en (1500-1582) and finished during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), you may wonder where to find a place where freely roaming and frolicking monkeys attain supernatural powers and offer their services as apprentices to a grand monk on his pilgrimage to a fantasyland.
Chinese authorities have placed a curfew on Tibetan Buddhist monasteries during the Olympics, confining monks and forbidding travel to Beijing, sources said
XINING, China -- Authorities in Tibetan areas of western China have placed a curfew on Tibetan Buddhist monasteries during the Olympics, forbidding Tibetans from traveling to Beijing and confining some monks around the clock, informed sources said.
Hangzhou, China -- Hangzhou, one of the seven ancient capitals of China, served as the capital of the Wuyue Kingdom during the Five Dynasties (AD 907-960) and the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279). Today the city still offers a myriad of historic legacies.
Seoul, South Korea -- The Buddhist community’s protest against the government’s "religious discrimination" is stronger than expected. Monks and representatives from Buddhist organizations are fasting and waging a series of demonstrations.
Tokyp, Japan -- The nation of Japan is a real enigma because the murder rate is very low when compared with other nations which are highly developed. However, this rate means little when we add the 33,000 nationals per year who kill themselves because this clearly shows you that something is going wrong within Japan. Therefore, why is suicide such an issue in Japan and what is the government and other organizations doing to stem the tide?
Lhasa, Tibet (China) -- Sweeping new measures introduced in Kardze to purge monasteries of monks and restrict religious practice in the wake of protests across the plateau reveal a systematic new attack on Tibetan Buddhism that is reminiscent of the Cultural Revolution.
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A Big Buddha calligraphy exhibition, featuring 100 calligraphers, and described as one of the finest of its kind to ever have been assembled, opened Sunday at Miao-tsin Temple in Yongkang, Tainan County in southern Taiwan.
BEIJING, China -- In a fresh crackdown on supporters of the Dalai Lama, China has given two months’ time to cadres and officials in Tibet to call back their children from overseas schools and monasteries run by the Buddhist leader.
CHENGDU, China -- A report carried by London-based The Times on July 18 saying two monks in a temple in Garze, a Tibetan-inhabited region in southwest China's Sichuan Province, were shot dead by armed police was fabricated, an anonymous Chinese official has said.
By Zhang Ming'ai and Wu Jin, China.org.cn, July 11, 2008
Shanghai, China -- Chinese Buddhism needs reach out to the world, and Buddhists are enthusiastic about overseas study. These were the messages from a seminar held for returning oversea students at Shanghai's Jade Buddha Temple on July 9, 2008.
by Danielle Demetriou, The Sunday Times, July 13, 2008
Join the monks in a Japanese Shingon temple for some light meditation, a spot of calligraphy and cream cakes
Mt. Koya, Japan -- The monk is a man of few words. “Copy,” he solemnly intones, before vanishing with a swish of robes and a waft of incense through the hand-painted sliding screens. Before me is a scroll filled with hundreds of Japanese kanji characters.
By NORIMITSU ONISHI, The New York Times, July 14, 2008
OGA, Japan -- The Japanese have long taken an easygoing, buffetlike approach to religion, ringing out the old year at Buddhist temples and welcoming the new year, several hours later, at Shinto shrines. Weddings hew to Shinto rituals or, just as easily, to Christian ones.
Lhasa, Tibet (China) -- More than 1,000 Buddhist monks are still locked up under armed guard in monasteries around Lhasa, four months after anti-Chinese riots, while the authorities implement their harshest crackdown on religion in decades.
Beijing, China -- A collection of ancient Buddhist Scriptures with a history dating more than six hundred years was presented to the public Monday. All of the works have undergone a two-year restoration.
Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation (ReliefWeb), Jul 6, 2008
Taipei, Taiwan -- In June, Typhoon Fengshen (Frank) swept through the Philippines with heavy rains and sustained winds leaving behind a trail of destruction. On June 23, Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi volunteers in Philippines immediate held aid distributions to victims in the aftermath of the disaster. 273 affected families received relief goods.
Sichuan, China -- Buddhist temples are not normally associated with obstetrics. Since the May 12 earthquake, however, 81 infants have been born in Luohan Temple, first built in AD 709, in the small earthquake-hit city of Shifang in Sichuan province.
Tokyo, Japan -- With full Buddhist funeral services at temples typically costing a small fortune, families of the recently deceased now have a cheaper option--pick up the phone and dial a monk to give their beloved the spiritual send-off they deserve.
KYOTO, Japan -- The magnificent buildings and peaceful atmosphere of Kyoto's 800-year-old Chionin temple attract visitors year-round, but few are aware that they may have once been used to disguise the Buddhist temple's true role as a hidden military fortress.
BEIJING, China -- Wang Youqun, a devout 60-year old woman, had a glimpse of the Buddha's ways when she emerged out after spending 196 helpless hours in a confinement of rubble caused by the earthquake in China's southwest province of Sichuan.
Dharamsala, India -- Keeping aside the scars of Chinese government’s crackdown, treatment of Buddhist monks and repression on monastic communities in Tibet, Tibetan Buddhists and local temples in the so called Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) have donated generously to help quake battered-Sichuan Province.
Beijing, China -- As religious gatherings for the victims of the Sichuan earthquake are being held in large scales, the Chinese Communist Party is worrying about a possible explosive increase in religious population.
BEIJING, China -- Chinese authorities have arrested 16 people, most of them Tibetan Buddhist monks, suspected of three bombings, throwing into doubt talks between China and envoys of Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.
Temple played key role in spread of new ingredients, cooking techniques
UJI, Kyoto (Japan) ---The deep-rooted influence of Chinese culture is easily spotted in contemporary Japan, but perhaps most obviously in the nation's food culture. Manpukuji temple, founded here by a Chinese monk in the 17th century, played an essential role in the spread of Chinese cuisine across the nation.
HUALIEN, Taiwan -- The Buddhist Compassionate Tzu Chi Foundation based in eastern Taiwan is preparing to provide a second round of relief aid to victims of Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar, a spokesman for the religious group said Sunday.
Tokyo, Japan -- Around 150 Tibetans and Japanese gathered at Gokokuji Temple on the day to mourn and to offer prayers for the victims of earthquake in Tibetan and Chinese area of Shichuan. It was reported that death toll in the regions has reached more than 60,560 and said that it could climb above 80,000, with nearly 30,000 people missing.
Dharamshala, India -- Drigung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche presided over a special prayer congregation in remembrance of people killed in the recent natural catastrophe in Myanmar and China, in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, on 19 May.
Lhasa, Tibet (China) -- Spontaneous prayer gatherings have been held in monasteries across the Tibetan plateau for victims in the earthquake affected areas. The temples have also collected money and donated materials for the relief work.
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A second relief team from the Ling Jiou Mountain Monastery - a Buddhist temple located on Taiwan's northeast coast - to visit Myanmar's cyclone disaster areas will focus on helping residents along four major estuaries in the Irrawaddy delta, a temple official said yesterday.
Dharamsala, India -- Tsering, a monk living in exile in Dharamsala, India, received a static-filled call from Tibet at 10:30 at night on May 15th. On the other end was a monk from Kirti Monastery in Sichuan, the province where China's devastating earthquake took tens of thousands of lives.
Sichuan, China -- The 1,200-year-old Leshan Buddha in China's southwestern Sichuan Province, the world's tallest ancient statue of the deity, was undamaged by the nation's strongest earthquake in 58 years.
LHASA, Tibet (China) -- About 500 Tibetan lamas attended a Buddhist service at the Drepung Monastery in Lhasa on Wednesday, praying for blessings for the earthquake victims in southwest China's Sichuan Province and other affected regions in the country.
Kaohsiung, Taiwan -- A new temple at the headquarters of one of Taiwan's most famous Buddhist monasteries - Fo Guang Shan in Kaohsiung - has been fitted with a complete QSC Audio system solution - right through the signal chain.
Taipei, Taiwan -- KyLinTV announces the most recent channel to join its extensive list of 41 live channels. Hwazan TV is now available on KyLinTV offering the beliefs of Buddhism to its international audience.
Taipei, taiwan -- A public gathering organized by the Taiwan-based Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation to pay tribute to Buddha, parents and all living things, has been scheduled for next Sunday, Mother’s Day, the organizers said.
Kamakura, Japan -- Kamakura is no place for the weak-kneed. We clambered up muddy forest paths and climbed a thousand temple steps. Then when my Japanese hosts Takashi and Ayumi suggested we go somewhere and sit down, I thought they meant on a chair. I didn't realise we'd be on the floor, folded like origami frogs. But the trip was well worth the physiotherapy bill.
Beijing, China -- Chinese officials and envoys of the Dalai Lama have agreed to a second round of talks, China's state-run media said Monday, in an apparent sign of progress in easing tensions raised by violent anti-government riots in Tibet.
Chinese security personnel shield themselves against stones thrown by protesters in Lhasa during riots on March 14
Beijing, China -- Six Buddhist monks are among the first people to be jailed for a riot in which Tibetans rampaged through the capital of the Himalayan region six weeks ago, receiving sentences ranging from life to 15 years in prison.
KOMAKI, Aichi (Japan) -- A man who received a Buddhist altar as a gift from a friend, who urged him to become more religious, faces charges for dumping it on the side of the road because it wouldn't fit in his new apartment, police said.
BEIJING, China -- Authorities at a key Tibetan Buddhist temple have launched a new campaign to strengthen control over its monks and unite them around love of the Chinese "motherland", state media reported Friday.
Chongqing, China -- A comprehensive restoration plan will be drawn up for an 800-year-old rock carving -- the "Qianshou" ("A Thousand Hands") Guanyin (Buddhist) statue, in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality.
Nagano, Japan -- Graffiti were found on the main building of Zenkoji temple in Nagano on Sunday morning, two days after the temple decided not to serve as the starting point of the Beijing Olympic torch relay, which starts Saturday.
BEIJING, China -- Buddhist monasteries in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa are poised to resume religious activities for the first time since protests against Chinese rule turned violent last month, the official Xinhua News Agency said Saturday.
Taipei, Taiwan -- A special exhibition aimed at raising public awareness of global warming and reduction of carbon dioxide emissions opened yesterday, with some 100 activists pledging to conserve energy resources on a daily basis to save the earth.
Tokyo, Japan -- The major Japanese daily Asahi Shimbun said yesterday that the ancient Japanese temple of Asuka-dera was modeled after Wangheung Temple of the ancient Korean dynasty of Baekje. Asuka-dera is the oldest Buddhist temple in Japan.
Lhasa, Tibet (China) -- An unknowns number of Buddhist monks have been arrested in Tibet for having oppose the forced "re-education" campaign launched by the Chinese orientated authorities after the brutal repression of the protests last month: this news was reported over the internet through the website of the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy.
Tokyo, Japan -- We, Japanese Buddhist monks are now put to the test. We cannot help expressing our deep sadness and protest against China’s military actions in Tibet that deprive Tibetans from religious freedom. As religionists and Buddhist, we cannot overlook Tibetan monks and people’s suffer any more. The most important thing is that Tibetans preserve their religious tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, by Tibetan people’s free intention.
Lhasa, Tibet (China) -- Nine Tibetan Buddhist monks have been arrested for involvement in an alleged bomb attack on a government building in China's Tibetan region, the official Xinhua News Agency says.
GARZE, Sichuan Province (China) -- Two monks were burnt and a hall was destroyed after a short circuit started a fire at a lamasery in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze, in southwest China's Sichuan Province.
LUQU, China -- More than a dozen Buddhist monks staged an emotional protest Wednesday in front of visiting journalists at a monastery in western China to call for the return of exiled Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama, according to a reporter at the event.
By Jane Wooldridge, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 8, 2008
LHASA, Tibet -- Scene from last summer: A flutter of crimson crowds the square as dozens of young Buddhist monks sweep from their classes to their daily outdoor debate practice at the Sera Monastery. The low murmur swells to a roar as they offer their arguments, underscoring points with a clap of hands or a stomped foot. Occasionally one breaks from his rhetorical intensity into a giddy smile, and you wish you could understand the Tibetan words.
HONG KONG, China -- Chinese internet users have gone to extraordinary lengths to disprove the Dalai Lama’s claim that the riots in Lhasa on March 14, which claimed several lives, were instigated by Chinese soldiers disguised as Buddhist monks.
Lhasa, Tibet (China) -- Restoration work is nearing completion on one of China's most prominent landmarks -- Lhasa's Potala Palace. The work is part of an ongoing effort in the Tibet Autonomous Region. When the work on the palace is competed by year's end -- plans call for restoration to begin on other old temples and landmarks in the city.
BEIJING, China -- Duobao Buddhist pagoda in Xiangfan city is a national treasure. But like most cultural edifices dating back hundreds of years, renovations are necessary to maintain the original elegance.
By Gordon Thomas, Source: Canada Free Press, March 21, 2008
Just in case you wondered why these "Tibetan monks" were so violent in Lhasa....
London, UK -- Britain's GCHQ, the government communications agency that electronically monitors half the world from space, has confirmed the claim by the Dalai Lama that agents of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, the PLA, posing as monks, triggered the riots that have left hundreds of Tibetans dead or injured.
Lhasa, Tibet (China) -- A group of Buddhist monks blocked a tour of 26 foreign journalists in Lhasa, led by the Chinese government, crying out that there is no freedom in Tibet and that the Dalai Lama is not responsible for the recent violence there. Some of them after having cried “Tibet is not free! Tibet is not free!”, broke down in tears.
BEIJING, China -- A top Chinese security official has criticized Tibetan Buddhist monks for taking part in anti-government protests, touring three key monasteries in Lhasa to drive home China's message.
CHIBA, Japan -- A woman has received a 1 million yen payout from a Buddhist priest who indecently assaulted her during what he called a "purification ritual" in a settlement mediated by the Chiba District Court.
Taipei, Taiwan -- The country's religion-affiliated schools are accepting applications for the upcoming school year after the Ministry of Education (MOE) agreed last year to allow religion-based schools to set up departments devoted to the study of a single faith.
Lhasa, Tibet -- As the protests in Tibet's capital city Lhasa spread like wild fire monks from Thangkor Soktsang Monastery, Zoegey County, Ngaba Tibet Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, are demonstrating in front of Chinese government office 8kms from the monastery. At the time of this report going online slogans of free Tibet and Dalai Lama's long life could be heard in the background as a protester tries to reach the outside world through his phone.
By SOMINI SENGUPTA and HARI KUMAR, New York Times, March 16, 2008
MCLEODGANJ, India -- The Dalai Lama said Sunday that he would not instruct his followers inside Tibet to surrender before Chinese authorities, and he described feeling “helpless” in preventing what he feared could be an imminent blood bath.
Lhasa, Tibet (China) -- Campaigners say several hundred monks have joined protests Security forces have sealed off three monasteries in the Tibetan city of Lhasa after protests earlier this week, witnesses and a rights group said.
By Rob McFarland, New Zealand Herald, March 14, 2008
Taipei, Taiwan -- It's a magical, if slightly surreal, moment. We're standing in the courtyard of the largest Buddhist monastery in Taiwan, surrounded by 480 identical gold statues of Buddha, listening attentively to the softly spoken words of one of the nuns, the Venerable Yi Jih. The early evening light is starting to fade and there's not a breath of wind.
BEIJING, China -- Chinese police used tear gas to disperse several hundred Tibetan Buddhist monks who gathered for a second day of protests near the Tibetan capital of Lhasa, Radio Free Asia reported Wednesday.
BEIJING, China -- China on Tuesday officially approved a Taiwan Buddhist group which has been quietly conducting charity work for almost two decades, a landmark concession to religion by the country's atheist Communist rulers.
Lhasa, Tibet (China) -- China admitted today that it had quashed a protest by Buddhist monks in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa, underscoring the opposition Beijing still faces to its rule in the remote Himalayan region.
Quiet corners within the world’s most highly populated, competitive country reveal a long forgotten religious past
Beijing, China -- China itself never fails to make an impression. As the Olympic Games looms ahead and as new generations of wealth, economy and culture boom outward all over China’s biggest cities, the buzz of its newfound modern life gets larger and the people get more sophisticated.
KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan -- At the Divine Performing Arts' premiere in Kaohsiung on March 4, there were some Buddhist monks and nuns wearing yellowish frocks in attendance. They were from the Baoding Buddhist Monastery at Bingdong County in southern Taiwan. The abbot of the monastery Shi Faguang took twelve of them to see the Spectacular.
Taipei, Taiwan -- Fan Liqing, a spokesperson from the State Council's Taiwan Affairs Office, has disclosed at a press conference that Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation has been approved to set up a branch in mainland China.
Tokyo, Japan -- Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan has been named as the 2008 winner of the Niwano Peace Prize for efforts at building peace with justice in the Middle East, especially with regard to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Tokyo, Japan -- A Japanese Buddhist monk is getting down with rap music. Kansho Tagai, aka Happiness Kansho or Mr Happiness, learned to rap at the age of 47, and the shaven-headed chief monk of Tokyo's Kyooji temple is doing a pretty good job of opening the religious doors to young fans.
Taipei, Taiwan -- Taiwan Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation Philippines held charity activities and medical services to provide help for the victims and the poor in the year of 2007. The global warming has caused many calamities in recent years. The environmental protection is one of the efforts made by Tzu Chi volunteers.
Dharamsala, India -- A group from Thailand led by Ajahn Sulak Sivaraksa, founder and president of the International Network of Engaged Buddhists, are currently in Dharamsala, the seat of the Dalai Lama led Tibetan Government-in-Exile, to express their solidarity with the Tibetan cause and encourage preservation and promotion of the “unique and peaceful Tibetan Buddhist culture".
Lhasa, Tibet (China) -- The Monlam Chenmo, also known as The Great Prayer Festival falls on the 4th - 11th day of the 1st Tibetan Lunar month. This is the greatest religious festival in Tibet and was established in 1409 by the great Tibetan philosopher, saint, monastic teacher, and social reformer, Tsong Khapa Losang Drakpa (1357-1419), the founder of the Geluk tradition of the Tibetan Buddhism.
LHASA, Tibet (China) -- More than 100,000 Buddhist followers have converged at a Tibetan monastery to celebrate a local religious festival in Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region.
BEIJING, China -- The abbot of a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in southwest China has been jailed for three years on charges of endangering national security by inciting the masses, a group monitoring human rights in the Himalayan region said.
Beijing, China -- Chinese authorities in Tibet have recruited more than 140 Tibetan youths to perform traditional dances at the forthcoming Beijing Olympics, even as they impose new curbs on Buddhist culture in the Himalayan region, sources there say.
Beijing, China -- In recent years, Shaolin monks from China have gained an international reputation for their physical endurance and feats of kung fu skill. Shaolin monk troupes have toured the world, and Shaolin temples have become a common destination for foreign travelers, with some staying for extended periods.
by Rob McFarland, Sydney Morning Herald, January 20, 2008
Taipei, Taiwan -- It's a magical, if slightly surreal, moment. We're standing in the courtyard of the largest Buddhist monastery in Taiwan, surrounded by 480 identical gold statues of Buddha, listening attentively to the softly spoken words of one of the monks, the Venerable Yi Jih. The early evening light is just starting to fade and there's not a breath of wind.
Xi'an, China -- The Buddhist treasure "Five-layer Sarira Pagoda", which was returned to the Chinese mainland after it was discovered in Hong Kong, was stolen from Beijing in 1900 by foreign invaders, an archaeologist recently said.
Original reporting in Kham dialect by Tsewang Norbu, RFA, Jan 15, 2008
Tibet, China -- Twelve historic statues have gone missing from a monastery in Tibet's Pashoe county, where departing monks are being replaced by monks approved by the Chinese government, according to sources in the Himalayan region.
by Dexter Roberts, Business Week, January 21, 2008
Why a growing number of successful urban professionals are flocking to Buddhism
Beijing, China -- In early December, Beijing's in-crowd converged on the central business district for the opening of the Kunlun gallery. Sipping Veuve Clicquot and Mumm champagne, the real estate tycoons, stock market warriors, and Prada-clad celebrities gawked at Ming Dynasty Buddhist statuary and 15th century scroll paintings.
by David Stanway, The Guardian (UK), January 14, 2008
Lhasa, Tibet (China) -- The number of tourists who visited Tibet last year soared by 60%, outnumbering the people who live there and putting further pressure on Tibet's overwhelmed roads, palaces and monasteries.
Priests visit bars to reach out to young sceptics amid dramatic decline
Tokyo, Japan -- Dressed in dark cotton robes, a bracelet of prayer beads hanging from his wrist, Gugan Taguchi certainly looks the part. But as he kneels to chant a sutra before an altar in the corner of the room, the people around him continue to chat, and his rhythmic prayers can only just be heard above a Blue Note jazz track.