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China takes heat after tragic flight of Tibetan teenager

By Daniel Pepper, The CSMonitor, Oct 25,2006

The shooting death of a would-be refugee by a Chinese patrolman places the Middle Kingdom's human rights record under scrutiny.

NEW DELHI, India -- The two teenage girls were best friends. In their tiny farming village in Tibet, they had stayed up late many nights over four years plotting their escape.

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Abbot: Shaolin Temple needs to keep up with times

By Jessie Tao, China Daily, Oct 19, 2006

Beijing, China -- The Shaolin Temple, widely considered the birthplace of Chinese Kungfu, has frequently been in the spotlight following some headline-grabbing events, such as the super-girl-style Kungfu Competition, a luxury sports car awarded to the temple, and the latest Wushu festival, with Shi Yongxin, the abbot, at the core of it.

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Dunhuang to build international airport

Xinhua News, Oct 19, 2006

Gansu Province, China -- Dunhuang in northwest China's Gansu Province is planning to build an international airport because the number of overseas tourists flocking in to see the ancient Buddhist cave paintings is growing by 30 percent annually.

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Shaolin abbot urges academics to study Shaolin

Xinhua News, Oct 13, 2006

BEIJING, China -- The mysterious world of the Shaolin monks is ready to throw itself open to academic scrutiny, according to temple abbot Shi Yongxin.

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Again Ms Tibet runs into trouble

IANS, October 13, 2006

Lhasa, Tibet (China) -- The Miss Tibet contest has run into rough seas yet again with one of the much-hyped contestants, an Indian woman soldier, pulling out at the last moment of this year's event.

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Shaolin abbot: monks should learn English, computers

Xinhua, Sept 27, 2006

BEIJING, China -- Shaolin monks should study English and information technology to adapt to the modern society and spread Buddhism and Shaolin culture around the world, according to the abbot of the Shaolin temple, the birthplace of Kung Fu.

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Shambhala Rises Again in Mongolia

By Konchog Norbu, The Buddhist Channel, Sept 22, 2006

Naadam, Mongolia -- The mystical land of Shambhala has risen again in the eastern Gobi Desert of Mongolia. On Sunday, September 10, thousands of Mongolians and foreign visitors gathered near Khamariin Khiid in Dornogov Aimag for a dawn-to-dark celebration.

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Professor proves 'celibate' monk Ryokan was married

The Yomiuri Shimbun, Sept 18, 2006

Tokyo, Japan -- A new study has found that Zen Buddhist monk Ryokan (1758-1831), who was believed to have remained celibate throughout his life, actually had a wife.

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Buddhist stupa in China

by Arun K Bhandari, Central Chronicle, Sept 14, 2006

Henan Province, China -- As part of efforts to boost ties of friendship and share culture between India and China, a majestic Indian-style Buddhist stupa on the pattern of the World Heritage Sanchi Mahayana stupas, is taking shape in this historic temple town of Henan Province.

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Cable car to Hong Kong's Big Buddha to open

IOL, September 12 2006

Hong Kong, China -- A new Hong Kong cable car designed to take tourists to the world's largest outdoor statue of Buddha will open on September 18, nearly three months after technical glitches delayed the launch.

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