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Famen Temple holds ceremony for returned Sarira from South Korea

Xinhuanet, Dec 21, 2005

XI'AN, China -- After 40-day enshrinement in the Republic of Korea (ROK), the Buddhist finger Sarira returned to Famen Temple where the relic was discovered 18 years ago. About 1,000 Buddhists from China and the ROK held a grand receiving ceremony at the temple on Wednesday.


Buddhist Monk Arrested For Growing Marijuana

by Yvonne Lee - All Headline News Staff Reporter, December 7, 2005

Tokyo, Japan -- Police arrested a Buddhist monk Wednesday for growing marijuana near the Eikoji shrine in Japan.


Actor Jet Li unveils plans of charity for the needy

China View, Dec 5, 2005

BEIJING, China -- Kung fu movie star Jet Li plans to set up a charitable fund to raise money from the public to help the needy, he told students during a lecture at Fudan University yesterday.


Damaged scripture hard to restore

By Jiang Zhuqing, China Daily, Nov 28, 2005

Beijing, China -- A precious Buddhist scripture, damaged when a cracked heating pipe flooded the basement archive of the Beijing Culture Palace of Nationalities, is hard to "restore to its original state," the Beijing News daily reported recently.


Tibet's mountain gods have a way of preserving nature

NewScientist.com, November 24, 2005

Lhasa, Tibet -- Conservationists have reason to be grateful to the Tibetan god Kawa Karpo. Places that Tibetan Buddhists revere as the dwelling places of deities nurture more types of plant species than nearby unhallowed ground.


Cracked hot water pipe drenches priceless books

By Jiang Zhuqing, China Daily, Nov 17, 2005

Beijing, China -- A cracked heating pipe which flooded archives at the Beijing Culture Palace of Nationalities on Tuesday caused "uncountable losses," the palace's director said.


Buddhist priest embezzles 13 million yen from followers

Mainichi Shimbun, Nov 14, 2005

MATSUDO, Chiba (Japan) -- The 71-year-old head priest of a Zen Buddhist temple here misappropriated at least 13 million yen that followers supplied for a new temple building, it has emerged.


Buddhism brings out the best in actors

Taipei Times, Oct 29, 2005

Taipei, Taiwan -- The power of religion can never be underestimated. Jet Li and diva-turned-housewife Brigitte Lin, both absent from the local celebrity scene for years, jointly attended a Buddhist ceremony at Dhama Drum Mountain last Friday.


Ban slaughter of birds at markets: Buddhist group

By Ko Shu-ling, Taipei Times, Oct 28, 2005

Taipei, Taiwan -- A religious group called on the government yesterday to ban the slaughter of chickens at wet markets in a bid to prevent an outbreak of bird flu.


Japanese group helps restore Chinese World Heritage caves

Japan Today, Oct 24, 2005

GIFU, China --  A Japanese group has donated 12 million yen to a Chinese-led project to restore UNESCO's World Heritage caves in Dunhuang County in Gansu Province, the group's head said Monday.


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