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Tibet-Japan inter-Buddhist culture enhanced

Phayul, August 10, 2006

Tokyo, Japan -- Six senior monks from Gyuto monastery, Dharamsala, are currently on tour in Japan. The tour is being organized and sponsored by Tibet House, which is the cultural facet of the Liaison Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama for Japan and East Asia.

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Tibet launches Internet television for world to see Dalai Lama

Krasnoyarsk News, Aug 7, 2006

Lhasa, Tibet (China) -- Online lectures of Dalai Lama will be broadcasted in the Internet. Tibetan Diaspora located in India, where His Holiness Dalai Lama's residence is situated, launched its own Internet television station – www.Tibetonline.tv.

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Bronze statue of pioneering Chinese Buddhist monk shipped to India

Xinhua, Aug 6, 2006

Shanghai, China -- A two-and-a-half-ton bronze statue of Xuanzang (602-664), an eminent Chinese Buddhist monk of the Tang Dynasty (618-907), was shipped from Hangzhou to India via Shanghai on Saturday.

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Buddhism is big business for new breed of upwardly mobile monks

by ETHAN MCNERN, The Scotsman, Aug 4, 2006

Shanghai, China -- Piety and a knowledge of Buddhist scriptures used to be just about the only qualifications needed to become a Chinese monk. Now computer skills, foreign language ability and a degree in financial management are also desirable.

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Mongolia's monks make a comeback

TVNZ, Jul 18, 2006

Ulan Bator, Mongolia -- When Gendenjav Choijamts thinks of praying, he thinks of vodka. The 62-year-old monk at Mongolia's oldest Buddhist monastery remembers when his father and his friends had to pretend they were gathering for a drinking session to hide the fact they were gathering in prayer.

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Monks retrace historic journey of Xuanzang

China Daily, July 20, 2006

GUANGZHOU, China -- As part of the celebrations for the Year of China-India Friendship, two Buddhist monks from the Chinese mainland and Taiwan Mingxian and Huizai started a journey to India yesterday to follow the footsteps of Xuanzang, a famous Buddhist predecessor.

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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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