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Thousands rally to temple after Dalai rumour

Reuters, July 19, 2006

BEIJING, China -- Thousands of Buddhists  converged on a Buddhist monastery in western China mistakenly thinking the Dalai Lama would be there, underscoring the devotion many feel toward Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader.

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Tibetan Monk Faces Eight Years for Separatism

Phayul, July 17, 2006

Sichuan, China -- A Tibetan monk in China's Sichuan province is facing up to eight years in jail for allegedly painting separatist slogans on government property and circulating pro-independence posters.

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Tourism threatening Tibet's sacred spaces

by GEOFFREY YORK, Globe and Mail, July 12, 2006

LHASA, Tibet -- On the roof of the holiest temple in Tibet, the monks are debating Buddhist theology - and trying to ignore the hordes of Chinese tourists who interrupt the debate to grab them for photos.

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World Cup fever reaches Tibet's monks

Sapa, July 7, 2006

Lhasa, Tibet -- At Tibet's holiest shrine, young monks are getting up at 03:00 - not to pray - but to watch the World Cup.

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Rooftop rail threat to Buddhist paradise

By David Eimer, Reuters, July 3, 2006

BEIJING, China -- As propaganda banners fluttered and cymbals clashed in the thin mountain air, China's President, Hu Jintao, opened the world's highest railway, linking Beijing to Tibet, yesterday.

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Living as one big, happy family

by Foong Pek Yee, The Star, June 25, 2006

Love knows no boundary, and in Taiwan’s Fo Guang Shan Orphanage, FOONG PEK YEE finds orphans from countries all over the world growing up together as a harmonious family.

Kaohshiung, Taiwan -- SHOW Bi Laing is single but a proud mother of 624 children of various nationalities, including Portuguese, Indians, South Africans and Taiwanese. The children are orphans at the Fo Quang Shan Buddhist Temple Orphanage in Kaohshiung, Taiwan, which she has been in charge of for more than 25 years. 

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Taiwanese Buddhist Master Hsing Yun meets with pope

Taiwan News, June 23, 2006

Taipei, Taiwan -- Pope Benedict XVI met with visiting Master Hsing Yun, founder of the Buddha's Light International Association in Taiwan, Wednesday in a general audience at St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican. During the meeting, Benedict XVI expressed his best regards for the Taiwanese people and said he will pray for them. The pope also expressed the hope of meeting the Taiwanese people if the chance arises.

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Buddhist nuns arrested for calling for Tibetís independence

AsiaNews/RFA, June 19, 2006

Chinese police arrested five people, including two nuns, for “publishing, keeping and distributing leaflets calling for independence in the province"

Lhasa, Tibet (China) -- The Chinese authorities have arrested five Tibetans, including two Buddhist nuns, “for publishing, keeping at home and distributing leaflets calling for independence in the province.”

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Former convicts make a new life for themselves through Buddhism

Taiwan Headlines, June 15, 2006

Taipei, Taiwan -- No on paid much attention to Chen Yung-chuan after he suffered a stroke that left him paralyzed. Chen initially wanted to kill himself. In Chen's greatest hour of need, Master Chan Kung brought Chen to a Buddhist compassion organization where people there took care of him.

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Sister of mercy

by Claire Scobie, Sunday Times, May 28, 2006

Travelling in disguise to holy sites and forced to denounce the Dalai Lama, Ani is one of thousands of Tibetan nuns who, under Chinese rule, risk daily persecution for their faith. Claire Scobie tells her story

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