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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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Priests to mark temple rebirth in North

The Japan Times, May 24, 2006

Kyoto, Japan -- Some 80 Buddhist priests led by Raitei Arima, head priest at Kyoto's Golden Pavilion Temple, or Kinkakuji, left for North Korea on Tuesday to conduct a ceremony with priests there to commemorate the restoration of the famed Ryongtong Temple in the city of Kaesong.

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In Greater Tibet, Dalai Lama's light burns bright

Reuters, May 21, 2006

Tibet, China -- Lit by flickering, sallow yak butter candles sits a small picture of a man despised in Beijing as leader of a splittist independence movement but admired by millions for his pacifism-the Dalai Lama.

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Purifying pilgrimage

By Joseph Coleman, Associated Press, May 20, 2006

Buddhists embrace 900-mile journey
 
Tokyo, Japan
-- Pilgrims in straw hats and white smocks amble past cherry trees flush with blossoms. They mount the stone steps into the cool, incense-laced air of a Buddhist temple and bow their heads in prayer.

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Top officials of famed Buddhist temple resign over yakuza memorial

AP, May 19, 2006

Tokyo, Japan -- Seven officials including the top priest at a famed Buddhist temple in western Japan resigned to take responsibility after Japan's largest underworld crime syndicate held a memorial there last month, an official said Friday.

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Tzu Chi Foundation marks 40th anniversary in Taiwan, around globe

The China Post, May 15, 2006

Taipei, Taiwan -- The Buddhist Compassionate Relief Tzu Chi Foundation -- Taiwan's largest charity organization -- yesterday celebrated its 40th anniversary with various activities in both Taiwan and more than 20 other countries.

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Blisters for Buddha: Japanese pilgrims keep up 1,000-year tradition

Mainichi Daily News, May 12, 2006

NARUTO, Japan -- Pilgrims in straw hats and white smocks amble past cherry trees flush with blossoms. They mount the stone steps into the cool, incense-laced air of a Buddhist temple, and bow their heads in prayer.

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China: Role of Buddhism in Promoting Social Harmony

Xinhua, May 10, 2006

When she retired from a local factory three years ago, Qiu Huiying, a resident in Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province, couldn't help feeling lonely and depressed as she often thought she had been "left behind by a rapidly developing society."

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Buddhist monks 'storm' temple in Tibet

The Age, May 10, 2006

Lhasa, Tibet (China) -- Tibetan Buddhist monks loyal to the exiled Dalai Lama stormed a monastery near Lhasa and attacked statues of a deity denounced by him, Chinese state media reported. It was a rare glimpse of religious dissension in disputed Tibet.

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Indian-style Buddhist shrine to be built in China

by Anil K Joseph, New Kerala, April 28, 2006

Beijing, China -- An Indian-style Buddhist shrine, the first of its kind in China, would soon emerge in Luoyang, the cradle of Chinese Buddhism, as symbol of friendship between the two countries.

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