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Japan: Harassed monk forms a labor union

By Bruce Wallace, Los Angeles Times, February 23 2006

NAGANO, Japan -- Junshin Hosono says he never thought of himself as a worker, at least not the way Karl Marx or Jimmy Hoffa ever thought of workers. Hosono is a Buddhist monk, and for 28 years he has chanted prayers and offered spiritual guidance at Zenkoji, the prestigious complex of temples that is the soul of this city.

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Dalai Lama envoys land in China for secretive talks

By Lindsay Beck, Reuters, Feb 15, 2006

BEIJING, China -- Envoys of Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, arrived in China on Wednesday for secretive talks on allowing more autonomy for the Buddhist region, Tibet's government-in-exile said.

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Tibetans burn wild animal skins in Tibet to encourage wildlife preservation

ICT, February 10, 2006

Lhasa, Tibet (China) -- Tibetans in the Amdo area of Tibet have burned skins of endangered animals worth thousands of yuan in a bid to preserve wildlife, following strong statements by the Dalai Lama about the importance of wildlife conservation and compassion towards animals to a gathering of thousands of Tibetans in India last month.

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Chinese pilgrims attend prayer meeting by Dalai Lama

By Lindsay Beck and Benjamin Kang Lim, Reuters, Feb 10, 2006

BEIJING, China -- Thousands of Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet and China attended a prayer meeting alongside the region's exiled god-king, the Dalai Lama, in India last month in a rare mingling of Chinese nationals with one of Beijing's foes.

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First Museum for the Bulang Minority Unveiled

Xinhua News, Feb 8, 2006

Yunnan, China -- The project to build China's first ecological museum for the Bulang minority has been completed in Yunnan Province recently.

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Buddhist statue stolen from Japan temple

Pravda, Feb 6, 2006

Nara, Japan -- A burglar has stolen a Buddhist statue from a temple in western Japan famed for having the oldest surviving wooden structures in the world, local police said Monday.

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Stolen Horyuji figure found in theft suspect's car

The Japan Times, Feb. 7, 2006

NARA, Japan -- A Buddhist statue taken from the Horyuji Temple compound, a World Heritage site in the ancient capital of Nara, has been found in a car rented by a man who was arrested for stealing another statue from a different temple Sunday, police said Monday.

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More Beijingers Go to Lama Temple on 1st Day of Lunar New Year

Xinhua News, Jan 30, 2006

Beijing, China -- A Lamasery of Tibetan Buddhism attracted the largest number of visitors in Beijing on Sunday, the first day of Chinese lunar New Year, latest official figures showed.

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Chinese Buddhists to follow trail of Monk Xuan Zang

Xinhuanet, Jan 16, 2006

BEIJING, China -- Four Chinese Buddhists will follow the trail of Monk Xuan Zang of the Tang Dynasty (618-907), and present the Indian Nalanda Buddhist temple with a Chinese Buddhist master piece.

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World largest jade Guanyin statue to be erected in Fujian, China

Xinhuanet, Jan 8, 2006

FUZHOU, China -- The world largest jade statue of Guanyin, the goddess of mercy in Buddhist legend, will be erected in the city of Zhangzhou, east China's Fujian Province.

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