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Dalai Lama calls for abolition of death penalty

AFP, April 10, 2005

TOKYO, Japan -- Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama called on Saturday for the abolition of the death penalty and a revamp of centuries of academic-centered thinking on education to build a more "warm-hearted" world.

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187 hurt at Buddhist temple

News24, April 10, 2005

Taipei, Taiwan -- A 200m-high wooden platform at a Buddhist temple in Taiwan collapsed early on Saturday, injuring 187 pilgrims preparing for a group photograph, a rescue official said.

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Family donates insurance money from daughter's death to charity

Liberty Times, March 31, 2005

Taipei, Taiwan -- Recently an accident in Chutung Township of Hsinchu County resulted in the death of two individuals. The family members of a woman who was killed in the accident have not sought damages from the person who caused the accident. The family did, however, receive NT$1.4 million (US$44,025) in a payout from an insurance company. However, instead of keeping the money themselves, the family of the woman, surnamed Hsu, has donated the funds to a charitable agency in the names of their family member, the woman's boyfriend and the person who caused the accident.

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Steps taken to stop theft of Buddha statues

The Yomiuri Shimbun, April 4, 2005

Saitama, Japan -- Buddha statues at unattended temples in Saitama Prefecture will be moved to museums or temples with resident priests to protect them from damage or theft. In mid-January, 10 Buddha statues were stolen from unattended temples in Honjo and Kumagaya and the prefectural Education Bureau wants to put a stop to this particular crime.

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Tzu Chi sends relief goods to quake-stricken Indonesian island

Reliefweb, March 28, 2005

Taipei, Taiwan -- Volunteers of the Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation began transporting relief goods to the Indonesian island of Nias from Medan on March 29, one day after a magnitude-8.7 earthquake struck the island famed as a surfing paradise.

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Polish couple seek peace through Zen

by Ayako Hirayama, Daily Yomiuri Staff Writer, March 29, 2005

Tokyo, Japan -- Nyogen Nowak rises before dawn and starts every day with Zen meditation and sutra chanting. He has kept up this routine for more than 30 years. But if not for a gift from his mother on his 15th birthday, the 48-year-old Pole would never have had the life of a Zen monk in Japan.

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Japan taxes Buddhist pet funerals

UIP, March 25, 2005

NAGOYA, Japan -- A court in Japan has rejected a Buddhist temple's claim that pet funerals should not be taxed because the services are religious in nature.

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Graffiti mars temple's famed bamboo garden

IHT/Asahi, March 15,2005

KAMAKURA, Kanagawa Prefecture (Japan) -- Modern worldly carelessness is leaving an indelible mark on the famed centuries-old bamboo garden at the Hokokuji Temple here.

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Dalai Lama calls for sense

News24, March 14, 2005

Beijing, China -- The Dalai Lama defended his moderate approach to Beijing's communist government while calling on China to use common sense and allow him back into the country in comments published Monday.

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Abbot appeals for making law in protection of Shaolin Boxing

Xinhua News, March 14, 2005

Beijing, China -- The abbot of Shaolin Temple has urged the Chinese legislature to enact a law to better protect the country's intangible heritage such as the Shaolin kong fu master skills.

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