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Religion goes green in Taiwan pollution battle

By Amber Wang, AFP, May 21, 2016

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.

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Buddhist deity image emerges from Kumamoto Castle rubble

By CHIHIRO ARA, Asahi, May 16, 2016

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.

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Hong Kong Buddhists’ release of animals into wild needs regulating, Kadoorie Farm says

South China Morning Post, 16 May, 2016

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.

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Buddha-bot: Chinese temple enlists mini monk robot to boost teachings

RT.com, 22 Apr, 2016

Beijing, China -- A Buddhist temple in China is embracing new technology in the form of a tiny monk robot to help spread its teachings across the land.

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Buddhist Grand Master Wei Chueh dies

CNA, April 9, 2016

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.

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A pint or a prayer? Monks in Japan put Buddhism on the menu

By Yiyuan Wang, Japan Today, Apr 10, 2016

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.

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Chinese Authorities Slap New Constraints on Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries

Radio Free Asia, March 29, 2016

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.

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Building Bridges of Loving-Kindness: Mongolia’s Rich History and Culture of Buddhism

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.

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You’re not a monk ... you’re a fake: how one Buddhist crusader is catching out Hong Kong’s street scammers

South China Morning Post, 18 March, 2016

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.

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Buddhism Is Growing in China, But Remains in Legal Limbo

by Yang Siqi, Time, March 16, 2016

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.

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