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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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