by Lusha Zhang and Philip Wen, Reuters, Aug 15, 2018
BEIJING, China -- One of China's highest-ranking Buddhist monks quit as the head of the country's Buddhist association on Wednesday after facing a government investigation over accusations of sexual misconduct.
by Danielle Demetriou , The Telegrraph, 28 May 2018
Tokyo, Japan -- The words “spiritual” and “spartan” are not often used to describe properties listed on Airbnb. They are, however, more likely to crop up following the launch of a service devoted to providing accommodation in temples across Japan.
Entrepreneurs hoped to list a sacred mountain on a Chinese stock exchange. Trouble ensued. Beijing, China -- In China, religion is big business. The famed Shaolin Temple owns dozens of companies and its abbot is popularly known as the "CEO monk." Two of China's four sacred Buddhist mountains are publicly listed. So management at Mount Putuo Tourism Development Co., which oversees a third holy mountain, probably thought that their own initial public offering would cause little controversy.
Tokyo, Japan -- Archaeologists may have found a 63-foot-long banquet hall for nobility, dating back to the Asuka period, which extended from 538 A.D. to 794 A.D. What remains of the structure are holes in the ground measuring 3 to 4 feet wide, where, researchers believe, wooden pillars once stood lining the banquet hall.
by Chung Man, Hong Kong Economic Journal , Feb 9, 2018
Hong Kong, China -- The “Buddhist concept”, i.e., a laid-back outlook on life, has become all the rage among young people in the mainland; they have become too relaxed about everything and stopped being competitive.
At least in promoting tourism, India should learn from China's example in giving Buddhist tourism a push. Beijing, China -- Datong in Shanxi province is known in China as the hub of coal-mining. But with a massive green makeover, it's Buddhism and not coal that it's city officials are now banking on.
The most entertaining way to recite the Heart Sutra. Tokyo, Japan -- One of the most impressive things about Japan is the way the country seamlessly ties in centuries of old traditions with more modern everyday elements. We’ve seen this enticing blend of old and new in things like kimono dress shirts, izakaya restaurant bathhouses, and even Pokémon osechi New Year’s meals.
China plans to renovate the iconic Potala Palace, residence of the Dalai Lamas, in Tibet's capital Lhasa Beijing, China -- The iconic Potala Palace, the official residence of the Dalai Lamas in Tibet's capital Lhasa will soon undergo a $1.5 million renovation, Chinese state media reported on Thursday.