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Dalai Lama's visit shines spotlight on Mongolia's explosion of faiths

AP, Aug 27, 2006

ULAN BATOR, Mongolia (AP) — The Dalai Lama, Mongolia's most revered religious figure, is visiting this week, but some here sway with religious fervor for another stripe of holy man.

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Dalai Lama initiates Mongolian monks

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press, Aug. 25, 2006

ULAN BATOR, Mongolia -- The Dalai Lama elevated a group of Mongolian monks into the Buddhist priesthood's higher ranks Friday, bolstering the country's traditional faith as it struggles to re-establish itself following decades of communist persecution.

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Top Buddhist Officials Join in Persecution of Activist Monk

HRIC, August 23, 2006

Beijing, China -- Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Master Shengguan, a Buddhist monk and former political activist also known as Xu Zhiqiang, has been ordered to leave Jiangxi Province after local authorities in Yichun City expelled him from the temple he administered on August 19.

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Fiery conservatism bristles in monastery

by Venkatesan Vembu, DNA World, August 22, 2006

LHASA, Tibet (China) -- In the courtyard of the 15th century Sera monastery in Lhasa, a hundred purple-robed monks are seated in clusters beneath trees that sway in the afternoon breeze.

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Buddhist Temple Target of Corrupt Official Persecution

HRIC (Human Rights in China), August 21, 2006

Jiangxi Province, China -- Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that local authorities in Yichun, Jiangxi Province have mounted a campaign of intimidation and persecution against a Buddhist temple administered by a 1989 democracy activist.

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Dispute arises over sports car for Shaolin abbot

Xinhua, Aug 22, 2006

ZHENGZHOU, China -- The gift of a luxury sports car by the Dengfeng City government to a monk for his contributions to the local tourism industry has stirred up a heated debate on the Internet.

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Thousands flock to greet Dalai Lama

AFP AND AP, Aug 23, 2006

ULAN BATOR, Mongolia -- Thousands of people showed up at the monastery for the Dalai Lama's first public appearance on his visit to the Mongolian capital.

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China condemns Mongolia for hosting Dalai Lama

New Zealand Herald (Reuter), August 23, 2006

BEIJING, China -- China has condemned Mongolia for playing host to Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama who is on a visit to China's northerly neighbour, a state newspaper said on Wednesday.

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China protests Dalai Lama's visit to Mongolia

DPA, August 22, 2006

Ulan Bator/Beijing -- China protested Tuesday the Dalai Lama's visit to Mongolia, which has historically maintained close religious and cultural relations with Tibet.

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Dalai Lama Begins Visits in Mongolia

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, The Associated Press, Aug 22, 2006

ULAN BATOR, Mongolia -- The Dalai Lama met with worshippers in Mongolia on Tuesday, and the Chinese Embassy said it had no plans to protest his visit following assurances he wouldn't take part in political activities.

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