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Bells toll in Japan temples as 2007 dawns

NDTV, January 1, 2007

Tokyo, Japan -- Temples, shrines and mountains in Japan were besieged by New Year's revellers as the Japanese bade farewell to 2006 and embraced the new year.

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Mysterious Buddhist ritual for women to be re-enacted in Tokyo

Mainachi Shimbun, Dec 27, 2006

Tokyo, Japan -- "Nunobashi kanjoe," a sacred ceremony praying for the rebirth of women in "gokuraku-jodo" (pure land of bliss in Japanese Buddhism) in Toyama Prefecture's Mount Tateyama, that was barred to women in the Edo Period, will be re-enacted in a Buddhist chant concert in late January, 2007, in Tokyo's Aoyama.

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Taiwanese Buddhist dies in Bodh Gaya

Times of India, Dec 25, 2006

PATNA, India -- An elderly Taiwanese Buddhist died due to illness at the pilgrimage town of Bodh Gaya in Bihar, police said on Monday.

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Buddhists praised for contributions

By Xie Chuanjiao, China Dailym Dec 22, 2006

Beijing, China -- The Chinese Government supports the development of Buddhist institutes as they have contributed greatly to the building of a harmonious society as well as to world peace, a top Chinese official said yesterday.

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Asian Games: Japan's Buddhist monks embrace kabaddi

AP, Dec 5, 2006

DOHA, Qatar -- Chanting a different and faster mantra on the kabaddi court at the Asian Games is a group of Japanese Buddhist monks who have embraced the ancient Indian sport that evolved as a means of keeping soldiers fit between battles.

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India should return Tawang to China: Chinese scholars

Zee News, Nov 15, 2006

Beijing, China -- Amid the heat generated by the latest Chinese claim of sovereignty over entire Arunachal Pradesh, prominent scholars here have backed Beijing's claim over Tawang, a strategic Buddhist town nestled in the Himalayas.

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Secularism is the basis of all religions: Dalai Lama

By Tsering Tsomo, Phayul, November 10, 2006

Tokyo, Japan -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama said Friday that secularism is the basis of all religions. “Secularism does not mean rejection of all religions. It means respect for all religions and human beings including non-believers,” he said speaking to a crowd of 8,000 Japanese and foreigners at Ryogoku-Kokugikan stadium in Tokyo.

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Dalai Lama gives the first-ever Tantric Buddhist Empowerment in Japan

By Tsering Tsomo, Phayul, November 6, 2006

MIYAJIMA, Japan -- More than a thousand Japanese-Buddhist followers on Monday received preliminary Tantric empowerment from His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Daishoin Temple in Miyajima Island.

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We are waiting for the Dalai Lama to come back: Chinese Buddhists

By Tsering Tsomo, Phayul, November 6, 2006

MIYAJIMA, Japan -- Buddhist devotees from China said Monday that many Chinese want the Dalai Lama to come back to Tibet. “Tibet is his home and he should be where he rightfully belongs”, a 54-yr-old Chinese man from Beijing said requesting anonymity.

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Buddhism is a science of the mind: Dalai Lama

By Tsering Tsomo, Phayul, November 4, 2006

MIYAJIMA, Japan -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama said Saturday that Buddhism is a science of the mind.

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