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Seven lamas honoured with highest Tibetan Buddhism degree

PTI, March 23, 2006

Beijing, China -- China has awarded seven lamas with Tibetan Buddhism's highest degree, the Gexe Lharampa, after they undertook a tough course which had been suspended following a 1987 riot in Lhasa, state media reported today.

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Website for World Buddhist Forum opens in China

Xinhua News, March 22, 2006

BEIJING, China -- The official website for the World Buddhist Forum, which is to be held on the Chinese mainland in mid April, opened recently in Beijing, according to the China Religious Culture Communication Association (CRCCA), one of the two forum sponsors.

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Tibetan Buddhist nun leaves China for U.S.

by JOE McDONALD, Associated Press, Mar 15, 2006

BEIJING, China -- A Tibetan Buddhist nun who spent 15 years in prison on political charges was allowed to leave China and flew to the United States on Wednesday, a U.S. activist announced.

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China set to host Buddhist forum

By Benjamin Kang Lim, Reuters, March 17, 2006

BEIJING, China -- China is set to host its first major international forum on Buddhism since 1949 to complement President Hu Jintao's campaign to build a "harmonious society" and burnish China's tarnished image on religious freedom.

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Private charitable organization builds 61 homes for the impoverished in Tainan

United Daily News, march 13, 2006

Tainan County, Taiwan -- A private Buddhist organization has been set up in Tingshan Village of Chiku Township in Tainan County. The members of this organization, all of whom come from humble backgrounds, each month donate between NT$300 and NT$500. The funds amassed are then used to erect homes for underprivileged families who live in the coastal region of Tainan.

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More Taiwan Buddhism worshippers take chartered motorboat for pilgrimage tour on Chinese mainland

Xinhuanet, March 12, 2006

XIAMEN, China -- A group of 357 Taiwan Buddhism worshippers taking a chartered motorboat from Changhua in Taiwan arrived at the city of Xiamen, east China's Fujian Province, on Sunday to kick off a week-long pilgrimage tour of China's mainland.

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Buddhist priest arrested for child prostitution

Mainichi Daily News, March 10, 2006

Hiroshima, Japan -- An elderly Buddhist priest, who also headed a nursery school attached to his temple in Hiroshima, has been arrested for child prostitution, police said Friday.

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China's prosperity inspires rising spirituality

By R. Scott Macintosh, CSMonitor, March 9, 2006

BEIJING, China -- Ming Zhaung is never without a place to sleep, food to eat, or ink for his brush. The Zen master of the Bailin Temple in Hebei Province is constantly cared for by his devotees - now more than 1,000 students, most of whom started attending his lectures last summer.

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Buddhist monks head to campus for degrees

Shanghai Daily, March 8, 2006

Shanghai, China -- You are almost as likely to find a monk on campus as in a temple these days as a growing number of Buddhist clergymembers are working on a college degree or an MBA.

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Tibetan 'sky burial' to continue under protection

IANS, March 7, 2006

Lhasa, Tibet (China) -- In an effort to better protect and show more respect to the traditional Tibetan burial ritual of feeding dead bodies to vultures, China has imposed rigid rules to ban photography and media reports about it.

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