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Buddha-bot: Chinese temple enlists mini monk robot to boost teachings

RT.com, 22 Apr, 2016

Beijing, China -- A Buddhist temple in China is embracing new technology in the form of a tiny monk robot to help spread its teachings across the land.

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Chinese Authorities Slap New Constraints on Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries

Radio Free Asia, March 29, 2016

Lhasa, Tibet -- Chinese authorities in Tibet have imposed new restrictions on monasteries in a county in northwestern China’s Qinghai province, intensifying an existing ban on displaying photos of exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, Tibetan sources in the region and in exile said.

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You’re not a monk ... you’re a fake: how one Buddhist crusader is catching out Hong Kong’s street scammers

South China Morning Post, 18 March, 2016

Mary Jean Reimer’s video posted on Facebook shows man explaining ‘this is how we do it on the mainland’

Hong Kong, China -- An actress-turned-lawyer who exposed bad Buddhists last year has struck again this week, confronting an allegedly fake monk and stopping him from soliciting donations on a street in Tai Po.

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Buddhism Is Growing in China, But Remains in Legal Limbo

by Yang Siqi, Time, March 16, 2016

There are an estimated 245 million Buddhists in officially atheist China, but the religion faces severe legal and political hurdles

Beijing, China -- Yan Lu studied Marxism-Leninism in college, majoring in ideological and political education. After graduating from the prestigious Southwest Jiaotong University in the Chinese city of Chengdu, she worked at a kindergarten and as a secretary. Neither job satisfied her.

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In China, the state decides who can come back from the dead

by Jonathan Kaiman, Los Angeles Times, Mar 14, 2016

Beijing, China -- In China, it's not easy to become a “living Buddha.” First come the years of meditation and discipline. Then comes the bureaucracy.

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