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Holy Buddhist temple embraces its role as a Pokémon gym

By Heather Dockray, Mashable, Jul 27, 2016

Kyoto, Japan -- Pokémon fever has taken over the world - it's touched private businesses, Holocaust museums, and now, a Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan.

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Tibetan Buddhist abbot released from Chinese prison under surveillance

The Buddhist Channel, July 22, 2016

Beijing, China -- Free Tibet has confirmed that on 4 June, Tibetan abbot and teacher Khenpo Kartse (also known as Karma Tsewang – Khenpo is a religious title) was released from prison in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, after completing his two-and-a-half year prison term. Khenpo Kartse was arrested in December 2013 and reportedly convicted for harbouring fugitives. His case had been raised repeatedly by governments, lawmakers, Tibet NGOs and international human rights organisations.

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Beijing hands prestigious Buddhist ceremony in Tibet to “fake” Panchen Lama

The Buddhist Channel, July 22, 2016

Beijing, China -- In a move intended to bolster his profile and religious authority, the controversial Chinese-appointed Panchen Lama, Gyaltsen Norbu will conduct the Tibetan Buddhist ritual called Kalachakra (1) in Tibet between 21 and 24 July. The ceremony tomorrow will be the first time that Gyaltsen Norbu (Ch: Gyaincain Norbu) has conducted the Kalachakra ritual, one of the most important in all of Buddhism. It will also be the first time that it has been carried out inside the heavily-policed Tibet Autonomous Region for 50 years.

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Armed with an MBA, a Buddhist monk sets out to transform the future of the temple

by Mai Yoshikawa, Japan Times, Jun 29, 2016

Tokyo, Japan -- Setting aside time for solitude can be a healthy habit, and doing it in a spiritual atmosphere can be even healthier.

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Buddhist monk uses age-old wisdom to create driverless taxis

by Anna Kitanaka and Yuki Hagiwara, Bloomberg News, Jul 3, 2016

Tokyo, Japan -- Hisashi Taniguchi took a sabbatical from developing software for driverless taxis and drones to pilgrimage to a Buddhist temple in western Japan. He shaved his head, donned black robes and studied to become the shrine's leader.

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Kosanji Temple combines the greatest hits of Japanese Buddhist architecture

by Steve John Powell, SCMP, June 9, 2016

On an island in the Inland Sea, Kosanji Temple is an architectural mash-up of Japanese Buddhism's greatest hits.
Hiroshima, Japan
-- Are you ever stuck for Mother's Day gift ideas? Why not build her a temple? That's what Japanese businessman Kozo Kanemoto did.

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Thousands Attend Tibetan Buddhist Ceremony and Teachings in China's Gansu

by Kunsang Tenzin, RFA, June 8, 2016

Gansu, China -- Thousands of Tibetan devotees converged this week in an open plain in northwestern China’s Gansu province for the start of a four-day period of advanced Buddhist rituals and teachings, sources in the region said.

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Religion goes green in Taiwan pollution battle

By Amber Wang, AFP, May 21, 2016

Taipei, Taiwan -- Smoke billows daily from temples across Taiwan as visitors burn incense and paper money to bring luck and prosperity – but that familiar fragrant haze could be a thing of the past as concerns grow over ritual pollutants.

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Buddhist deity image emerges from Kumamoto Castle rubble

By CHIHIRO ARA, Asahi, May 16, 2016

KUMAMOTO, Japan -- Amid the damage and despair that have befallen historic Kumamoto Castle in the recent series of earthquakes, one discovery among the rubble provided a welcome source of illumination and inspiration.

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Hong Kong Buddhists’ release of animals into wild needs regulating, Kadoorie Farm says

South China Morning Post, 16 May, 2016

Conservationists say release of captured animals to earn merit causes suffering, with many of them dying, and releasing non-native species threatens indigenous wildlife through disease
Hong Kong, China
-- Hong Kong needs to regulate the practice of mercy release – the release of captured animals into the wild – if it is serious about protecting biodiversity, says a Hong Kong nature organisation. The practice is common among Buddhists, who believe it brings good karma.

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