Sichuan, China -- China has appointed Communist Party and government officials to manage one of the world’s largest centers of Tibetan Buddhist learning, raising concerns over strengthened ideological control over religion that critics say is draining such institutions of their vitality.
BYLAKUPPE, Tibet -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama has appointed Jangtse Choejey Kyabje Jetsun Lobsang Tenzin Palsangpo as the 104th Gaden Tripa, the head of Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, according to information received from Ven Atuk Tseten and Ven Gowo Lobsang Phendey, members of Tibetan Parliament representing Gelug school. The appointment was announced through an official letter dated 24 June.
Larung Gar, China -- The hills around revered Tibetan Buddhist academy Larung Gar were once a seamless carpet of vibrant red, dominated by the homes of thousands of monks, nuns and devotees who crowded the remote valley in southwest China to explore their faith.
YIXING, China - For most of her life, Shen Ying was disappointed by the world she saw around her. She watched China’s economic rise in this small city in the Yangtze River Valley, and she found a foothold in the new middle class, running a convenience store in a strip mall. Yet prosperity felt hollow.
By Huang Mei-chu and Jake Chung, Taipei Times, June 16, 2017
CULTURALLY ACCEPTING:The style of the statues are reminiscent of those that were made during the Tang Dynasty, Dafowang Temple master Shih Sing-yan said Taipei, Taiwan -- Twenty-two five-story tall statues of Buddhist deities tower over the landscape in Hsinchu County’s Fonggang area near the Sibin Expressway, making them a cluster that is considered a “temple” in and of themselves, the first of seven such clusters that are to be built at Dafowang Temple on Mitoushan in Jhubei City.
KYOTO, Japan -- A Kyoto-based Buddhist group with the largest number of followers in Japan is boosting its support to its member temples in other prefectures amid a shortage of incoming chief priests and a decline in danka (financial supporters).
by ALEXANDER MARTIN, Nikkei Asian Review, April 26, 2017
Nearly 13,000 lack resident leaders as depopulation gnaws at community pillars TOKYO, Japan -- Japan is home to more Buddhist temples than convenience stores, but many are struggling to find the parishioners they need to stay afloat. As congregations shrink, thousands of temples are going without resident priests.
by Tomoyuki Hamahata, The Japan News/Asia News Network, April 17, 2017
Fukui, Japan -- Faced with declining attendees among the young, one temple priest in Fukui has found a unique way to help them see the light. His “techno hoyo” fuses traditional religious images projected in brilliant lights with Buddhist sutras set to a techno beat.
by Michael Fouts, The Buddhist Channel, March 27, 2017
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia -- In the summer of 2017 the people of Mongolia will regain an important part of their ancient Buddhist heritage. A statue of the historical Buddha designed by Mongolia’s first Jebtsundamba Khutuktu (sacred leader of Mongolian Buddhism) placed within the Uguumur Valley just outside of the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar.