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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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Buddhist temple in Tokyo upgraded by Satoru Hirota Architects

Dezeen.com, 12 January 2016

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.

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Japan's Buddhists want Amazon to end 'rent-a-monk' service

By Mike Firn, The Telegraph, 27 Dec 2015

Monks are hired out to perform at Buddhist memorial services and other ceremonies

Tokyo, Japan -- Japan's Buddhists want Amazon to stop offering its rent-a-monk service in the country because it harms the religion's public image.

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