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Tibet's Potala palace spruced up but nobody home

By Lindsay Beck, The Star (Reuters), Aug 4, 2005

LHASA, Tibet (China) -- The renovation of the Potala palace, once the administrative heart of Tibet, is nearly complete but the imposing red and white monument stands empty of its most important occupant.

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Buddhism festival to be staged in Shanxi

Xinhuanet, July 31, 2005

TAIYUAN, China -- The Second China Wutai Mountain Buddhism Festival and Buddhism Arts Expo is scheduled to begin on August 21 in north China's Shanxi province.

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Tibetan says Buddhism could help China

UPI, July 18, 2005

Hong Kong, China -- Buddhism could play a role in bringing harmony to Chinese society, a top Tibetan official said in Hong Kong Monday.

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Symposium stresses Buddhism's role in building harmonious society

Xinhuanet, July 16, 2005

HONG KONG, China -- Over a dozen venerable monks from China's mainland and Hong Kong on Saturday explored the role of Buddhism in building a harmonious society in the country.

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Thousands attend His Holiness the Dalai Lama's 70th Birthday events in Tokyo

Office of Tibet, Tokyo, July 13, 2005

Tokyo, Japan -- Ten days of celebrations for the 70th Birth Anniversary of His Holiness the Dalai Lama were held in the Japanese capital of Tokyo. The events were organized by The Liason Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama for East Asia, based in Tokyo.

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Theme park devoted to Guanyin

The Standard (Hong kong), July 11, 2005

Nanhai, China -- Taiwanese investors are betting that devotion to a beloved Buddhist saint will be enough to bring a million tourists a year to a theme park built around two temples in a city deep in China's interior that doesn't even have its own airport.

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Years of study let Westerners write Buddhist scriptures from heart

Minsheng Daily, July 8, 2005

Taipei, Taiwan -- A group of highly educated Westerners at the Fokuang Mountain Buddhist center have been studying Chinese and Buddhism, and one of them, a doctoral candidate at Princeton, can not only read the scriptures but also write passages from memory.

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Zen offers philosophy of life

China view, July 4, 2005

BEIJING, China -- Do everyday annoyances get to you? Do you find breathing harder because of high pressure from work or study? A Zen Buddhist temple in Hebei Province might be a good place for modern people to relax and ease their minds.

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China's largest open-air gold-plated Buddha statue built in SW China

Xinhuanet, June 28, 2005

CHONGQING, China -- A gold-plated Buddha statue, believed to be the largest open-air Buddha in China, will be completed at the Chongqing Buddhism College in upcoming October.

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Group seeks Buddhist statues from 'Saipan' pilgrimage

The Yomiuri Shimbun, June 25, 2005

Saipan, Japan -- The hunt is on for 79 stone Buddhist statues taken by Japanese emigrants 70 years ago to Saipan, where the Emperor and Empress are scheduled to visit from Monday.

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