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Buddhist monks cause outrage after 'accepting cash' to bless businessman's Porche

By David Raven, The Mirror, Aug 13, 2014

Hubei, China -- Expensive properties and material items are supposedly being made holy in exchange for money but monks insist they are doing nothing wrong.

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Priestly pair set out to boost ‘Buddhism 3.0' across Japan

by Takeshi Nishide, The Japan Times, Aug 5, 2014

Tokyo, Japan -- A pair of Zen priests have been causing a stir with their campaign to spread a new interpretation of Buddhism in Japan that combines practices from separate branches of the ancient religion.

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Student Ventures to Taiwan for Buddhist Retreat

by Evangelia Stefanakos, Holy Cross, June 6, 2014

Taipei, Taiwan -- Keiving Wong, a member of the College of the Holy Cross class of 2017, will travel to southern Taiwan this summer to participate in a Fo Guang Buddhist Monastic Retreat as one of roughly 50 college students accepted into the program world-wide.

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Buddhist monk makes footprints in wooden floorboards through 20 years of prayer

Metro, 26 May 2014

Tongren, China -- Some people think going to the gym three times a week is dedication. This aged monk disproves that notion rather quickly.

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Lonesome Buddhist temple comes alive after adopting cute anime characters

By YUSUKE KATO, Asahi Shimbun, May 19, 2014

Tokyo, Japan -- The Shoeizan Ryohoji temple tucked away in a residential area in western Tokyo has more than 400 years of history. But until a few short years ago, many locals didn’t even know the Nichiren Shu sect Buddhist temple was there.

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Ancient Buddhist statue 3D-printed in China

Presstv.ir, May 4, 2014

Dazu County, China -- Using 3D printing technology, a replica has been created of an 800-year-old Buddhist statue to help restore the historical monument.

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A young Buddhist monk stages protest in Ngaba County Tibet

by Yeshe Choesang, The Tibet Post International, 27 April 2014

Dharamshala, Tibet (CHina) -- A young Tibetan monk of the Kirti Monastery in Ngaba County in Amdho region of north-eastern Tibet staged a peaceful protest against China's rule on April 26, raising slogans calling for freedom and return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet.

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Chinese Buddhist temple forms "anti-terrorist" squad

by Ben Blanchard, Reuters, Apr 3, 2014

Beijing, China -- Nervous about a repeat of last month's deadly knife attack at a Chinese train station, a well-known Buddhist temple in eastern China has drafted some of its monks into a new "anti-terrorist" squad, state media said on Thursday.

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Malaysia Flight MH370: Buddhist Volunteers Aiding Anxious Families in Beijing

By BREE FENG AND KEITH BRADSHER, New York Times, March 13, 2014

Beijing, China -- At one end of the room, Malaysia Airlines employees delivered the latest briefing to relatives and friends of passengers who were aboard the airline’s missing Flight 370. At the other end, volunteers listened from behind tables piled with snacks, waiting to provide counseling, logistical assistance or just hand holding.

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Spreading Buddhism via old-style storytelling

by Takeshi Nishide, Japan Times, Feb 6, 2014

OSAKA, Japan -- In an effort to broaden the understanding of Buddhism among the lay population, some followers are using a traditional form of Japanese storytelling as a teaching tool.

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