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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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Kamakura's Great Buddha waltzes through 'health checkup'

By TAMOTSU SUGAO, AWJ-Asahi, March 10, 2016

KAMAKURA, Kanagawa Prefecture (Japan) -- He might be eight centuries old, but the Daibutsu Great Buddha here is in better shape than ever after a two-month "health checkup" was completed March 10.

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In China, the state decides who can come back from the dead

by Jonathan Kaiman, Los Angeles Times, Mar 14, 2016

Beijing, China -- In China, it's not easy to become a “living Buddha.” First come the years of meditation and discipline. Then comes the bureaucracy.

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China Hits Out at Hong Kong Stars Over Buddhist Event in India

RFA, Feb 26, 2016

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.

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A Zen Buddhist temple experience in Kyoto

By Seamus Kearney, Euronews, Feb 23, 2016

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.

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Nature in Short / Sacred plant ‘Japanese star anise’ used in Buddhist funerals

By Kevin Short, The Japan News, Feb 16, 2016

Mt. Atago, Japan -- My research work on local ecology and folk spirituality often brings me into the grounds of small village Buddhist temples, many of which are surrounded by dense sacred groves.

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Japan’s ‘monks by mail’ offer Buddhist ministry in Internet age

by Mari Yamaguchi, AP, Feb 2, 2016

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.

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The Buddhist Monk Who Uses Space to Teach Spirituality

by Emiko Jozuka, Motherboard, January 21, 2016

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.

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Swastikas used on maps in Japan to indicate Buddhist temples to be replaced because tourists associate them with Nazis

By Caroline Mcguire, Daily Mail, 19 January 2016

Tokyo, Japan -- Japanese maps have long used swastikas to mark the location of Buddhist temples on maps.

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