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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.


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.


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.


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.


Dalai Lama's visit shines spotlight on Mongolia's explosion of faiths

AP, Aug 27, 2006

ULAN BATOR, Mongolia (AP) — The Dalai Lama, Mongolia's most revered religious figure, is visiting this week, but some here sway with religious fervor for another stripe of holy man.


Dalai Lama initiates Mongolian monks

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press, Aug. 25, 2006

ULAN BATOR, Mongolia -- The Dalai Lama elevated a group of Mongolian monks into the Buddhist priesthood's higher ranks Friday, bolstering the country's traditional faith as it struggles to re-establish itself following decades of communist persecution.


Top Buddhist Officials Join in Persecution of Activist Monk

HRIC, August 23, 2006

Beijing, China -- Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Master Shengguan, a Buddhist monk and former political activist also known as Xu Zhiqiang, has been ordered to leave Jiangxi Province after local authorities in Yichun City expelled him from the temple he administered on August 19.


Fiery conservatism bristles in monastery

by Venkatesan Vembu, DNA World, August 22, 2006

LHASA, Tibet (China) -- In the courtyard of the 15th century Sera monastery in Lhasa, a hundred purple-robed monks are seated in clusters beneath trees that sway in the afternoon breeze.


Buddhist Temple Target of Corrupt Official Persecution

HRIC (Human Rights in China), August 21, 2006

Jiangxi Province, China -- Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that local authorities in Yichun, Jiangxi Province have mounted a campaign of intimidation and persecution against a Buddhist temple administered by a 1989 democracy activist.


Dispute arises over sports car for Shaolin abbot

Xinhua, Aug 22, 2006

ZHENGZHOU, China -- The gift of a luxury sports car by the Dengfeng City government to a monk for his contributions to the local tourism industry has stirred up a heated debate on the Internet.


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