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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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Shaolin exponents enjoy seclusion

Xinhua, Sept 11, 2006

Shanghai, China -- FINISHING a set of punches, 19-year-old American Philip Sahagun said his seclusion in a Chinese temple had helped him understand kung fu better.

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Taiwanese Premier and Taipei Mayor join forces against suicide at Buddhist event

Taipei Times, Sept 11, 2006

Taipei, Taiwan -- Premier Su Tseng-chang and Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou attended an event yesterday sponsored by the Buddhist Dharma Drum Mountain Foundation to mark World Suicide Prevention Day.

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Tibet: China Detains Tibetan Abbot in Sichuan

UNPO, Sept 7, 2006

Sichuan, China -- Authorities in the Tibetan region of Karze in southwestern China's Sichuan province have detained the abbot of a major monastery, possibly in connection with the appearance of posters supporting Tibetan independence one year ago, sources in the area said.

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World's oldest wooden Buddhist pagoda in China tilting

PTI, Sept 1, 2006

Beijing, China -- The world's oldest wooden pagoda situated in north China's Shanxi Province, which celebrates 950th anniversary of its existence next week, is tilting.

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Chairman of China's Buddhist Association Wrongly Expels Monk, Says HRIC

By Jiang He, Voice of America, Aug 29, 2006

Beijing, China -- On August 23, 2006, Human Rights in China (HRIC) New York revealed that the Chairman of the Buddhist Association in China, Master Yicheng expelled Master Shengguan from Huacheng Temple in Yichun city, Jianxi province. The HRIC strongly condemns the incident.

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Buddhist Master Threatened after Performing Rituals for Victims of Tiananmen Square Massacre

Human Rights in China (www.hrichina.org), Aug 28, 2006

Beijing, China -- A Buddhist master, who had participated in the pro-democracy movement in 1989, was threatened by local authorities that he would be expelled from his temple for performing a releasing from suffering ritual for the souls of the victims who died in the Tiananmen Square Massacre.

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Monk with JCP fliers ruled not trespassing

By AKEMI NAKAMURA, The Japan Times, Aug. 29, 2006

Handing out political matter OK: court

Tokyo, Japan -- The Tokyo District Court acquitted a Buddhist monk Monday on charges of trespassing at a housing complex in Katsushika Ward, Tokyo, while distributing fliers for the Japanese Communist Party in December 2004.

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