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China holds first Buddhist symphony concert

Xinhua, April 18, 2006

SHANGHAI, China -- With a wooden Qing, a traditional Chinese percussion instrument, striking the first note, a Buddhist symphony concert unfolded in a concert hall in Shanghai for the first time in China.


World Buddhist Forum ends

Xinhua, April 16, 2006

HANGZHOU, China -- The World Buddhist Forum, the first of its kind on the Chinese mainland, ended Sunday in the island city of Zhoushan in east China and adopted a declaration calling for world peace.


Chinese Buddhism gathering is 'propaganda'

Sapa-AP, April 14 2006

Hangzhou, China -- International human rights groups on Friday denounced a Chinese government-sponsored forum on Buddhism as "cynical propaganda" aimed at sugarcoating religious repression in Tibet.


China Informs UN Panchen Lama Receiving "Good Cultural Education"

Savetibet.org, April 13, 2006

Beijing, China -- The UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Asma Jehangir, has reported that the Chinese Government has informed her that Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the boy recognized by the Dalai Lama as the Panchen Lama, is currently studying in "secondary school" and that he "is leading a normal, happy life and receiving a good cultural education."


Most Japanese suspicious of Koizumi's shrine visit: Japanese monk

Xinhua, April 14, 2006

HANGZHOU, China -- A Japanese monk said here Friday that most Japanese are suspicious of their Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visits to the Yasukuni shrine that honors some World War II criminals.


Disputed Panchen Lama defends China on religion

By Benjamin Kang Lim, Newsone (Reuters), April 13, 2006

HANGZHOU, China - Tibet‘s 11th Panchen Lama, anointed by China‘s atheist Communists but not by the Tibet‘s Dalai Lama, took center stage at the World Buddhist Forum on Thursday, defending China‘s record on religion.


China’s Lama show at Buddhist forum

The Telegraph (Reuters), April 12, 2006

Hangzhou, China -- China’s atheist communist rulers used the opportunity of the World Buddhist Forum to introduce the 11th Panchen Lama to the world stage today, but fellow delegates shunned him.


China decides against inviting Dalai Lama

Zee News, April 13, 2006

Beijing, China -- China has decided not to invite Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama to the first world Buddhist forum to be held from today in the country's east, saying his presence would have posed a "disharmonious" element to the meeting.


Annan calls for harmonious coexistence of world people

Xinhua, April 13, 2006

HANGZHOU, China  -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan called on the international community to work for the common interests and harmonious coexistence of people across the world in a le tter congratulating on the opening of the First World Buddhist Forum here Thursday.


First World Buddhist Forum Opens in East China City

Xinua, April 13, 2006

Hangzhou, China -- The First World Buddhist Forum opened Thursday morning in the scenic city of Hangzhou in east China's Zhejiang Province.


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